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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.
It was an interesting story. I was bored only once about 2/3rds into the book, but it didn't last long. Well-developed characters. Interesting plot.Published 5 days ago by Francesca
Brilliant Atwood as always! I don't tend to re read books, but I did with this one!Published 7 days ago by k.popple
read it before & found it fascinating. Bought it for review before tackling the other 2 books in the trllogy. Bought used, arrived in excellent condition.Published 8 days ago by Dolores Soldo
This is really a review of the trilogy. I read the three books of the trilogy one after the other, and then, since I thought that it would be a very hard act to follow, i began... Read morePublished 10 days ago by siduri
I usually love Margaret Atwood books , but this one was hard to finish. I didn't like the characters and didn't like the plot even though I must admit I got to the end to see why... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Barbarapaint
I remember rushing out to buy <i>Oryx and Crake</i> sight unseen on the day it was released back in 2003. Read morePublished 13 days ago by MSJ