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5.0 out of 5 stars
Pigs will soon fly., 3 Dec 2009
Atwood has strongly denied that Oryx and Crake belongs in the science fiction genre, finding horror a much more suitable home for it's content. It is not the lack of blood and guts which is being questioned, but Atwood's clear message that humans are a destructive violent race that enjoys playing God to the world around them, a message that is evident on almost every page. This remarkable novel looks into the future of the human race with Atwood exploiting the technologies that already exist. It is her status as a leading fictional writer that helps create such realism that the novel is hard to define as a fiction, but rather a glimpse into the not too distant future.
The novel focuses around Snowman, a sad neurotic character that now lives in a post-apocalyptic world. It is through his flash backs it becomes known what prompted the end of human life. He tells the story of a world dominated by technology in which the internet is littered with pornography and executions. It is a time where the gap between the rich and the poor is so vast it is now separated by large metal gates. Atwood's attention to detail is truly extraordinary and is what separates her from other science fiction writers of our time.
At points during the novel it is clear that Atwood's imagination is in overdrive especially with her use of language. Rakunks, Pigoons and ChickieNobs all dominate the future of household pets, and are just a small example of her creativity within Oryx and Crake. It is impossible to delve into all the twists and turns of the plot that Atwood delivers with energy and consistency, allowing even the slowest of readers to remain interested and intrigued through out. Reflecting a modern day Frankenstein with us being portrayed as the mad scientists. Atwood's status as a relevant writer makes for an eye-opening read and leaves a chill that isn't easy to shake off.