Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake

A Novel

Book - 2009
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In Atwood's novel of the future, the narrator, Snowman, mourns the loss of his companions Oryx and Crake as he, himself, slowly starves in a wasteland once the home of people and now the home of insects, pigoons and wolvogs. Snowman tries to understand the events that led to the decline of the world he knew.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2009, c2003.
Edition: Vintage Canada ed. --
ISBN: 9780307398482
030739848X
Characteristics: 389 p.

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c_mendiola Jul 25, 2017

This book starts out sort of slow, but the ending is definitely worth it! Margaret Atwood's imagination is unbelievable, and just like many of her novels, this one has quite the twist. Atwood's storytelling style with "Oryx and Crake"--going back and forth between past and present--allows you to be introduced to the main character's present life whilst increasingly showing glimpses of the past until the big reveal.

CMLReads_Kristin May 10, 2017

An excellent dystopian novel. As is typical of Atwood, it's more a novel of ideas than of action. It will make the reader think! Those who are loving The Handmaid's Tale renewed popularity right now should check this first book in Atwood's t MaddAddam trilogy out!

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

A very compelling look at the end of the world, narrated by someone who accidentally helped to cause it. Unlike many post-apocalyptic novels, the action in this one occurs mainly in our narrator's mind, as he struggles with memory and guilt. Very well-written and sophisticated take on the genre.

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norma777
Mar 06, 2017

I love sci fi. I generally don't read dystopian fiction. This mix of sci fi, dystopian fiction and satire started slowly but became very interesting. Some of the science (spider goats) is real, and a lot of the sci fi sounds very plausible.

JestyH Nov 22, 2016

A really great book if you're a fan of science fiction or dystopian futurism. Very well-written, satirical and scarily prescient. Although Atwood is more of a literary writer, she reminds me of Philip K. Dick in her sensibility, humor and opinions about the state of the world. This book enthralled me, in fact, it was so compelling. The second book in the trilogy is also worth reading, but it's not as good. By the third book, Atwood had run out of steam on this particular universe. However, Oryx and Crake on its own makes great reading, although if you're looking for hope for the future of this benighted society, you might want to look elsewhere.

Jabberwock12 Nov 16, 2016

couldn't get through it. Just didn't hold my attention. I'm a sci-fi lover by the way too.

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

Oryx and Crake is an example of Margaret Atwood doing what she does so well: speculative fiction. In an elaborately crafted dystopian setting Atwood focuses on a hermit named Snowman living in the post-apocalyptic world who reveals that he used to be called Jimmy. As a teenager Jimmy became friends with a brilliant but strange student named Glenn who goes by the nickname Crake. As the story unfolds, the reader is given a view of what Jimmy’s world was like and the destruction that man has caused through everything from environmental damage to genetic manipulation. Second only to The Handmaid’s Tale Atwood masterfully weaves a tale that will appeal to anyone interested in any form of speculative fiction, be it The Hunger Games or The Road.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 17, 2016

Oryx and Crake, an interesting yet confusing read for myself and yet fulfilling. I personally had difficulty with the story with the frequent time jumping and the information given to me as if i knew what it was in the first place. It was truly confusing. And yet, everything the author Margaret Atwood did made the book all that better, when I was finally given all the pieces of the puzzle i finally understood and it made the book all that more enjoyable. For those which want a different kind of mystery which is filled with philosophical messages and shows you the darkness of humanity. This book is a good read, if you do not wish to think of such things however. May be best to give this book a small sample before moving on. So, overall. A long read, but extremely satisfying.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Too contrived for my taste. I feel I was being intellectually bludgeoned by the ecological far-left. May be more interesting for adolescent, young adult readers.

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MplsPeggy
Aug 02, 2015

Margaret Atwood is an extremely prolific genius. I look forward to reading more of the Oryx and Crake stories.

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mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Apocalyptic imagery.

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Sexual Content: Allusion to child prostitution.

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USS_Enterprise
Mar 08, 2017

Sexual Content: Sexual content throughout the entire book.

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USS_Enterprise
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Coarse Language: The dialogue contains frequent use of strong/course language.

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ChocolateChips
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Coarse Language: Definitely some shits, hells, damns.

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Sexual Content: Some weird porn and snuff is described semi-explicitly.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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