Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Lizzie rating: 5/5
Snowman may very well be the last human alive. Left behind to care for the partially human (or are they even?) creations of his best friend, Snowman spends his days looking for food and trying to protect his pale skin from the extreme solar radiation of an environmentally altered Earth. He is also alone with his thoughts, unable to share meaningful communication with people without any societal context. Snowman shares his stories with us instead, unraveling his childhood on scientific compounds, smoking weed and watching online news in adolescence, and eventually his disappointing land into adulthood. His friendship with Crake, supportive yet competitive, lingers in the background throughout pushing the reader toward choices that will establish the trilogy.
Margaret Atwood is one of my favorites. I met her a few months ago while she was promoting MaddAdamm, the third book in the series that Oryx and Crake begins. Oryx and Crake is super engaging and Atwood does such an amazing job immersing you in her dystopian future/alternate present. Atwood has consistently shrunk from the label “science fiction” which makes this book all the more interesting to me. The technologies used by Crake and the companies that employ him and not unreasonable. Man-made and corporate-driven climate change only make genetically modified food and deepening class divisions more likely.
Have you read Oryx and Crake? What do you think?