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While the story begins with a rather ponderous set-up of what has become a clichéd landscape of the human endgame, littered with smashed computers and abandoned buildings, it takes on life when Snowman recalls his boyhood meeting with his best friend Crake: "Crake had a thing about him even then.... He generated awe ... in his dark laconic clothing." A dangerous genius, Crake is the book's most intriguing character. Crake and Jimmy live with all the other smart, rich people in the Compounds--gated company towns owned by biotech corporations. (Ordinary folks are kept outside the gates in the chaotic "pleeblands.") Meanwhile, beautiful Oryx, raised as a child prostitute in Southeast Asia, finds her way to the West and meets Crake and Jimmy, setting up an inevitable love triangle. Eventually Crake's experiments in bioengineering cause humanity's shockingly quick demise (with uncanny echoes of SARS, ebola, and mad cow disease), leaving Snowman to try to pick up the pieces. There are a few speed bumps along the way, including some clunky dialogue and heavy-handed symbols such as Snowman's broken watch, but once the bleak narrative gets moving, as Snowman sets out in search of the laboratory that seeded the world's destruction, it clips along at a good pace, with a healthy dose of wry humor. --Mark Frutkin, Amazon.ca
It is probably one of the best novels written by Margaret Atwood.
She can make the reader believe in any world and feel the total emotional impact that world has on its characters--characters we care about until the very end.
Less than half way through, I just didn't care what would happen to the main character and the ending left me without feeling.
It is too depressing not to mention disjointed and arrogant. Would definitely not recommend.Published 1 day ago by Robin Mitchell
I really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful read. Great characters and great ideas. I recommend it. Give it a try.Published 3 days ago by B. Brave
I am about three-quarters way through, and am about to Google for some more information. So far it is an experience of futile desperation, more lowering than anything with which I... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mrs. Kate Ryan
Margaret Atwood's work is always outstanding, dystopian as this is, or not.
An excellent book, in a series of 3, worthy of purchasing for your own library.
Wonderful book! Great for sic-fi lovers! Read this for my Physical Anthropology class, and it was a strange, thought provoking, enjoyable novel!Published 4 days ago by Anonymous
Margaret Atwood has been doing dystopian societies long before the mainstream caught on. An intelligent, engaging read that could be our reality.Published 13 days ago by WL
It takes some patience to read Atwood. She is always careful and intelligent. This book is not my favorite, but I love Atwood, and I enjoyed this book - and I usually loathe... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ada Ardor