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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoyed the post apoplectic challenges faced by "snowman" and the choices he made to cope. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dane Mutter
I enjoyed this book, much like I enjoyed Marooned in Realtime. It's a story told by unfolding rather than progression and it was compelling and interesting.Published 4 days ago by Drewdle
Fascinating book about how the earth may end up; scary as well.Published 11 days ago by helen josey
This arrived in the exact condition as described. I was very satisfied.Published 13 days ago by Cindy Rubino
I had to read this novel for a college literature class and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wouldn't consider myself an avid reader but I liked Atwood's rendition of a dystopian future. Read morePublished 15 days ago by C. Lowry