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The last man on Earth babysits Eloi amongst an improbable genetically-engineered menagerie.


Oryx and Crake

Anchor, 2003, 374 pages




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.


Remember, Margaret Atwood absolutely, positively does not write SCIENCE FICTION and this is totally not a POST-APOCALYPTIC novel. )

Verdict: Margaret Atwood is a superior author, but science fiction is not really her game. Oryx and Crake is a book that would be mediocre written by a less talented writer. 7/10.


Also by Margaret Atwood: My review of The Handmaid's Tale.




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