Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2009, c2003
Edition: Vintage Canada ed., 2009
ISBN: 9780307398482
Branch Call Number: FIC Atwo
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 21 cm


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RenGrrl May 02, 2011

A disturbing look into the near future.

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Jul 21, 2019

First off, Atwood is a brilliant and beautiful writer. I find that I literally drink up her language as I read. But I didn't really like this book. I thought there were problems on Atwood's end and on mine, too.

Atwood revisits writing dystopia again (The Handmaid's Tale), but less successfully this time for me. Crake and Jimmy aren't fully realized characters and the novel, told in flashback in half of it, is too coy for my tastes in revealing how we got to where we are. But I could have just had on my Lazy Reader Hat (my daughter Victoria describes it as having droopy flowers and mushrooms on it) and wanted things spelled out for me instead of working for it. Maybe, just maybe, Jimmy was too whiny and uninteresting for me. And the beautiful, elusive and mysterious Oryx - whose misfortunes flow off of her like a silvery waterfall - well, she was fun to read about but less based in reality than chickienobs.

Apr 30, 2019

I enjoyed the concept of this dystopian world and wonder how the human footprint will continue in this world. Will the Crakers be able to make a better world?
The "why" of the destruction of mankind isn't answered. At the time of publication the world was different. Perhaps then, the action of destruction wasn't a plausible idea. But in today's world, with the crazy shootings occurring where one mad man decides the fate of a group of others, this destruction took on a different feeling for me.

LPL_KatieF Mar 03, 2019

2019 Book Squad Reading Goals - Climate Fiction

Dec 05, 2018

A bleak dystopian novel where the world has been destroyed by disease. Sole survivor snowman tells the story of how one mad scientist got us here. --Lizzie G.

Oct 30, 2018

Book 1 of trilogy.

Sep 24, 2018

First in Atwood's dystopian MaddAddam trilogy. Followed by "The Year of the Flood" and "MaddAddam."

bookgirlatDCL Feb 02, 2018

A philosophical look at genetic engineering that is dark and sad and beautifully written that will make you THINK about what we are doing to ourselves and the planet and where it will all lead. Read the whole trilogy!

c_mendiola Jul 25, 2017

This book starts out sort of slow, but the ending is definitely worth it! Margaret Atwood's imagination is unbelievable, and just like many of her novels, this one has quite the twist. Atwood's storytelling style with "Oryx and Crake"--going back and forth between past and present--allows you to be introduced to the main character's present life whilst increasingly showing glimpses of the past until the big reveal.

CMLReads_Kristin May 10, 2017

An excellent dystopian novel. As is typical of Atwood, it's more a novel of ideas than of action. It will make the reader think! Those who are loving The Handmaid's Tale renewed popularity right now should check this first book in Atwood's t MaddAddam trilogy out!

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

A very compelling look at the end of the world, narrated by someone who accidentally helped to cause it. Unlike many post-apocalyptic novels, the action in this one occurs mainly in our narrator's mind, as he struggles with memory and guilt. Very well-written and sophisticated take on the genre.

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mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Apocalyptic imagery.

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Sexual Content: Allusion to child prostitution.

Mar 08, 2017

Sexual Content: Sexual content throughout the entire book.

Mar 08, 2017

Coarse Language: The dialogue contains frequent use of strong/course language.

Jan 05, 2013

Coarse Language: Definitely some shits, hells, damns.

Jan 05, 2013

Sexual Content: Some weird porn and snuff is described semi-explicitly.

Aug 29, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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