23 June, 2018

REVIEW: ORYX AND CRAKE by Margaret Atwood

Title: Oryx and Crake
Author: Margaret Atwood
Series: Maddaddam #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Post Apocalypse
Publisher: Anchor Books
Release: March 30th, 2004
Source: Hardcover
Pages: 400

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BLURB: Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. 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 journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through 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.

EXPECTATIONS: Over the years Margaret Atwood became one of my influential authors that I look up to and has a dream to maybe one day become remotely similar. I loved The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace, and I adore her short stories, so going into this one I had huge expectations. 

Let me put a disclaimer here, I love the author as a person, as a feminist, as an author, as a creator. I think Margaret Atwood is a woman of her own material, she is to be listened to and worshiped! I gave it my best short in liking this book, but with a heavy and rather confused heart I just have to say one thing - What the Fudge (not meaning fudge of course) is up with this book?

THE WORLD: The world is a post-apocalypse world. Humans have mutated on a severe level, there are basically non-existent now. Everything is burned or destroyed or affected by some radiation or other thing. So the world as we know is long gone.

CHARACTERS: I really, this book brought me every negative emotion and anger levels to the roof, so I will keep this very brief. 

Main character is called Snowman or Jimmy, as we learned from his flashbacks.  He is the only human who has not yet mutated to the level of everyone else and he lives as this recluse eating scraps and telling stories to kids about the world before. We come to learn that he was once educated and had a friend Crake, who had a dream to change and/or create his own world. All in all, Snowman was OK character. The least of problems in this book.

All the other characters in this book, particularly Crake and Oryx - I am taking deep breaths here. I just don't understand why this happened. Just how and why and for what reason? Crake was obsessed with this idea of creating his own being, becoming a God. Oryx was a victim to my mind. She was used and abused and I just...I dunno. 

ROMANCE: Oryx serves as this sex teacher for the new developed human race, but she and Jimmy fall in love kind of I guess, and become lovers. I dunno, I can't even speak.

GOOD: Had the potential to be great, I liked the science part and the creation of new species. Other than that - nothing.

BAD: So many triggers - abuse, sexual abuse, child pornography, exploitation. I dunno this book to me was just too much. Maybe I am not mature enough to understand it, or you need to be very highly educated in literature, but as a reader who enjoys reading other books by this author, I am shocked and confused why she wrote a book like this.

OVERALL: Sorry, I can' think of anyone to whom to recommend this book. To me, it was not good, I was angry all the time while I read it so. There are way better science fiction books. To me this one is a pass.

What do you think about ORYX AND CRAKE?



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