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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.
A stunning work of science fiction and/or post-apocalyptic literature. Highly recommended.Published 15 hours ago by Cynthia Hornbeck
Really. That's the best way to describe it. Just...uncomfortable. And I LOVE dystopian, post-apocalyptic and sci-fi genre's as well as romance but this novel did not include... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Ashlie C.
Love this novel and use it every year in a college course I teach about the relationship between humans and nature.Published 14 days ago by Tora Johnson
Really enjoyed the whole series. Atwood is pretty amazing.Published 14 days ago by MELINDA HOWARD-HERRARTE
A eyewitness account, lingering haunting story, a not too distant madness. I loved the way the book leaves you longing for details revealed only as snowman remember.Published 15 days ago by Teresa Barrow
I read The Handmaid's Tale years ago, and have re-read it several times since. I really like Margaret Atwood's style. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jane Morris Coons
Atwood creates an excellent claustrophobic atmosphere for a new world full of man-made species and splitspieces, new creations that appear as a result of gene modification,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by ana ovejero