Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
July 14, 2010 10 Comments
This book (2003) is a re-read for me. I want to read Atwood’s newest book The Year of the Flood but since it is related to (but not quite a sequel of) Oryx and Crake, I decided to read that one again first.
Last time I liked the book, but didn’t love it. This time I loved it! I think it’s brilliant, a clever story, interesting, full of good ideas.
In the story, Snowman, who was called Jimmy before he got into the current situation, tries to survive near the sea as the only human that is still alive. Every day, some creatures who seem to be mutated humans, come and talk to him about Oryx and Crake, whom they consider a sort of deities. They see Snowman as a mediator between them and Crake in particular.
The world is empty of people with only some remnants of the past, such as sunglasses, a knife, a rare tin of soy sausages and very little else to eat. Snowman is starving and he knows it.
He thinks back of the past, when he became friends with Crake and later also with Oryx. During the story he leaves the area he lives in to go looking for food. So, the story is a combination of what happened in the past and what’s happening in the current time, which come together towards the end of the book.
What is especially interesting about the book is that the current situation is the result not just of a recent disaster but also of climatological changes that have been taking place over a number of years. In fact, when Snowman was young, already the world looked different from ours. However, the actual apocalypse only took place more recently.
If you like dystopia, this book is a must. It’s quite an easy read (not like YA-dystopian books, but compared to other books for adults). I found it very interesting to read. 5/5 stars!