Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The first volume in the internationally acclaimed MaddAddam trilogy is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the futurefrom the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Taleand The Testaments

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 beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journeywith the help of the green-eyed Children of Crakethrough the lush wilderness 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 imagining.

Book Reviews


Eerily Relevant3 star

Oryx and Crake is a conundrum. The plot and story line, as one would expect in a post-apocalyptic yarn, are disjointed and fragmented. I found myself grasping to keep the thread from chapter to chapter but I persevered. At times, little pearls of e science fiction came to light and made the story gel. Other times, not so much. I’d be curious to read the following two offerings in the MaddAddam series to see if it all comes together. I did notice a direct prophetic correlation in the events of the recent pandemic with scenarios in the novel which was quite chilling. Don’t expect a happy ending with this one or much of an ending at all. (A perfect segue for a sequel?) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️35


Oryx and Crake5 star

This book is more specifically speculative fiction, very well-researched, and something you might read in a college course. I recommend it to those looking for a hefty read. The writing style fits the narrative really well. It is dystopian and dark, so not for the faint of heart, and impressively progressive for being published in 2003. Content warning: this story contains child trafficking, cursing, and a cliffhanger.55


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