29 September 2014

Review: Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a toughie - I feel like it took a lot of time for this one to get warmed up, and then it seemed to fizzle out before it really got started. At the same time, all the ideas are really intriguing - it's a near-future periapocalyptic dystopia peppered with things that are nascently recognizable today only brought to a morbid and sinister maturity. I felt sorry for Snowman, class clown turned possible last human on earth. He seems a man totally out of his depth throughout, but in touch with it as well as his own unravelling. The titular characters of Oryx and Crake seemed a little flat, as if part of the overall bleak landscape. The audio is masterfully read by Campbell Scott. 3.5/5

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