Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)

a novel

389 pages

English language

Published Sept. 12, 2004 by Anchor Books.

ISBN:
978-0-385-72167-7
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OCLC Number:
55029250

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4 stars (14 reviews)

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

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compelling enough for me to get through it in 2 days, this book is devastating in its plausibility. the genetics manipulation for food and medical science, the financial impetus behind diseases that keeps you alive long enough to take all your money, the wariness of blanketed porn...
i think atwood nails the hidden aggression in men's relationships - there's so much going on underneath the words of jimmy and crake. so often you see the complexity of relationships between women; this was a refreshing take.
her female character is diaphenous: in many ways a true reflection of how men project their ideas of 'woman' onto women.
but i truly hated the ambiguous ending. tell me what happened. it's a cop out not to.

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Subjects

  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction
  • Genetic engineering -- Fiction
  • Male friendship -- Fiction
  • New York (State) -- Fiction