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Oryx and CrakeNd 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 wil. Sometimes I'm torn between wishing I could get a glimpse inside Atwood's mind and thinking that might be absolutely terrifying

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Oryx and Crake review Ó E-book, or Kindle E-pub Å 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 beautDerness 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 imagini. I am calling complete and total bullshit There are so many things wrong with this book that it's hard to know where to begin For starters the idea of having a couple of different timelines going at once and shift tenses according present tense for the present regular past tenses for the past causes some serious grammatical problems and is an utter BS plot device I'm not a huge fan of telling a story through flashbacks but it can be done reasonably while retaining proper grammar It's not brain surgeryI admit that I went into this book predisposed not to like it for a variety of reasons I didn't like The Blind Assassin yes I might be the only person IN THE WORLD who can say that but I thought that I should be fair and give an author another chance before I make up my mind I also generally dislike dystopic literature because it's so rarely done right Her basic idea was kind of interesting if done better in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and even that had its problems but the execution was fatally flawed I don't know much about science but I do know that some of the research was wrong and the timelines don't add up She seemed like she researched just enough to be able to throw words around but not enough to use them correctly a little knowledge is a dangerous thing The biggest problem was the characters though three such utterly unsympathetic main characters do not make it easy to like anything about the story Crake was a rabid dog that needed to be put down a lot sooner than he was Oryx was probably insane and too cold to make you care and Snowman was just too damn stupid Also characters that you meet while they're watching child porn to me means that they should be first in line for the electric chair not that I should care about their personal problemsThe biggest problem I have with Atwood though is a problem that seems to be systemic in her works she's so bloody arrogant When you open one of her books you're immediately hit in the face by a thought bubble She is writing World Changing Literature and you should grovel before her genius You have to dig through layers of ego just to get to the plot She has talent no doubt but she is so full of herself and her ability to be a Literary Writer that you miss the book forest for the literary trees Also also she probably thought that ending was clever but it was in fact a cop out She was bored with the book she wanted to end it so she did It must be convenient to not have to actually tie up her loose ends In summary I am clearly too much of a plebeian to appreciate the full extent of her genius and I should crawl back to the benighted hole from whence I came

Margaret Atwood ☆ 9 review

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 a. This is the second dystopia Atwood has written and I think it's less successful than The Handmaid's Tale Her vision here is of a not too distant future in which the US is divided into corporate owned gated communities where the biotech companies' owners and highly paid skilled workforce live and the lawless sprawling urban wasteland where everyone else lives Unlike virtually every other Atwood book I know of the two main characters are male The narrator Jimmy and his childhood friend Crake grow up inside one of the gated communities bonding over Internet pornography and shared cynicism As Crake grows up it becomes evident that he is a genius so he gets accepted to an elite science and technology school and drafted into a biotech firm while he's still a student While he works there he cooks up an apocalyptic plot to release a superbug disguised as a libido enhancing pill once he's perfected his own synthetic race of humanoids which he designed as an answer to everything he's identified as wrong with human nature For example the Crakers have photosynthetic pigment in their skins which means they do not have to kill to eat Crake also designed them to be cheerfully promiscuous and have obvious signals of sexual receptivity thus eliminating conflict over sex Crake's a real humanitarian except for the whole kill off Mankind 10 part of his planStructurally the novel suffers from being too long and taking too long for the story to move forward Indeed the whole thing is told in flashbacks with Jimmy reminiscing as the Crakers pester him for stories of their creator Atwood erred on the side of too much description in Handmaid's Tale as well but that was a shorter novel maybe 100 less pages than Oryx and Crake and the society she was revealing to us was better realized Also a lot of touches that were clearly meant to be satirical fall flat One of Crake and Jimmy's favorite pastimes in youth is playing computer games and the games Atwood comes up with are transparent attempts to shock us with the nihilism of her young antiheroes Also every other object in the novel is given some cutesy brand name This is clearly an attempt to mock the corporatization of global culture but the effect is just irritating None of the characters particularly register either Two of Atwood's trademark Elusive Women figure in this novel Jimmy's mother runs off while Jimmy is a preteen for reasons we never learn and when Jimmy meets up with Crake again when they are adults and Crake is designing his new species Crake has a mistress named Oryx who never allows either man to get to know her though she sleeps with both The difference between these and other Elusive Women say Grace Marks in Alias Grace Zenia in The Robber Bride Joan in Lady Oracle or Marian in The Edible Woman is that the others either revealed themselves to the reader if not to the men in their lives or like Zenia and Grace gave us enough interesting possibilities that we cared to speculate as to their true natures These women elude not only Jimmy and Crake but also the reader The men though given many pages of character development are nearly as flat Crake is a clear instance of metaphor abuse he is indicated to be mildly autistic as the college he attends is nicknamed Asperger's U and he disparages his old high school as containing wall to wall neurotypicals As his autism never appears in his behavior or becomes relevant to the story indeed it is never mentioned except in the chapter titled Asperger's U I suspect it was only brought up to underscore the single salient point of his character which is his detachment from the rest of the human species The sole salient point of Jimmy's character seems to be that he is not Crake