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Oryx And Crake
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
This is such a great read, and it has such an enticing plot - I read it in just a couple of days! Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, which is interesting because it resonates so much with the real (present day) world despite having been written years ago.

I would recommend this to those who like post-apocalyptic science fiction and fantasy novels, or those who would like to venture into something a little different. Personally, I'm moving on to the sequel in this trilogy!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2012
The Snowman plays an important part in the lives of the Crakers. As the tale unfolds we learn about the Snowman/ Jimmy's earlier life and how he stumbled into/ precipitated his present predicament, and about the lives of his friends Oryx and Crake. Set in the near future, this is science-based fiction at its best. Chilling and believable.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2006
I have to confess that I didn’t enjoy this as much as other Margaret Atwood books (Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale). I found the notion of a dystopian future with only a few survivors interesting but the book didn’t fulfil my expectations.
I didn’t like the names used throughout. It’s been said that the names were used as satire but personally terms such as snat – a half snake half rat – didn’t feel very well thought out – perhaps this was the intention but I just didn’t like it.
Nonetheless I was interested from the start to find out how Snowman ended up alone and I enjoyed reading about Crake and Snowman’s childhood and subsequent college years and careers. I thought Snowman’s career as a ‘words person’ was cleverly described, not all that different from the PR men and women of today and perfectly believable. Also Crake’s career I found believable, as the future certainly does look as though it is heading towards things which can be made, modified and changed at will by man.
I didn’t like the Crakers however, mainly because I found the women’s abdomen and buttocks turning blue a bit unbelievable, even for a futuristic story. And I didn’t particularly get Oryx either, she seemed to have little depth and it was hard to understand her attitude and outlook on life (far easier to understand Snowman’s who I did feel I knew and understood better).
All being said this book is still worth a read, it’s certainly a new take of the dystopian future and I didn’t predict the ending. I didn’t like Crake though so I was not particularly surprised that he behaved like this.
I got through the book quite quickly as I did want to find out what happened in the end, but it was not my favourite Margaret Atwood book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
As you would expect Margaret hits the target with a great and scary book about the future and how big corporations end up running the "civilised" world -a bleak promise of the future but well wor th the time to read .,but must be read along with The Flood .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2014
I know I have to write something as a review, but I just really enjoyed this trilogy. I love Margaret Attwood and I love science fiction/fantasy. I spent a wonderful month reading the trilogy one after another and was a little bit sad when I got to the end.
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on 22 May 2015
Fantastic
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2013
Anyone who has wondered about the food chain issues raised by the recent horsemeat scandal, has any interest in genetic manipulation or any curiosity about what could go wrong if current trends go too far should read this now...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
This book is fantastic as the first of the trio. My favourite is the second in the series, which I read first - but it doesn't matter if you read the first two in the wrong order. They are insightful and entertaining.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
This is the second read, a couple of years apart, and I got some more out of it. Now for a second time to 'The Year of the Flood', her following book which I expect to be equally good, knowing MA
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2013
I've not read an Atwood book since school (longer ago than I care to admit!). This was a scarily real feeling read - going to buy the whole trilogy.
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