Monday, April 15, 2013

Oryx and Crake - A Book Review

The Maddaddam Trilogy begins with this story. . . Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood




Oryx and Crake Cover, Margaret Atwood, 2009


In a near future Earth, self-sustaining walled compounds satisfy the residents' needs and provide a control environment for creating and testing new strains. These compounds employ the most brilliant minds they can attract. Secrets of genetic manipulation are guarded from the other compounds, all competing for the same market. Only the few are protected, those who live within the walls. Outside these compounds are the pleeblands, where everyone else lives.


When Crake, Jimmy and Oryx first meet as teens in the compounds, they play computer games as a form of mental jousting. Most of the games require advanced skills. Jimmy's on the low end of those ratings.


Before the change, Jimmy and Oryx were lovers; but she also believed in Crake's vision of a world at peace and wouldn't desert him. A triangle forms, a situation that seems destined to create trouble for the three friends. Crake keeps his game name, as does Oryx throughout the book. Jimmy later becomes known as Snowman.


After the change, Snowman lives in the trees, like a jungle creature. It's necessary to avoid the altered species which now roam freely.  One incident causes the change and leaves him in charge of a special experiment, one of Crake's secret projects.


In this apocolyptic tale, Margaret Atwood weaves an intricate pattern and introduces us to Jimmy's world, a changed Earth. This story continues with the next title in the series, The Year of the Flood.

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Have you read Oryx and Crake or any other books by Margaret Atwood? Have you read The Year of the Flood (the next in this series)?
Please share in the comments and thanks for dropping by.

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References:

Publisher:  This edition with cover above, Vintage Canada, a division of Random House Canada, 2009.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood - Margaret Atwood

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28 comments:

  1. I read 'The Handmaiden's Tale' and remember being impacted by it. Atwood is certainly in a class by herself. I enjoyed your brief but substantive profile, D.G.

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    1. I have yet to read The Handmaiden's Tale, Suze. I'll add it to the TBR list.

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  2. this sounds like a best seller and can see a movie---fascinating details!

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    1. It would make a tantalizing movie. The compounds in this story are a little scary. . .

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  3. The Blind Assassin is one of my favorite books and I just began reading another one that I picked up at the thrift store, called Alias Grace. It's from the 19th century at least it begins there, about a woman convicted of murder. I like it so far. I have to check out more of her books, she is a very good writer.

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    1. The Blind Assassin sounds very interesting. Atwood is well regarded in Canada, and for some reason, I haven't read her that much. I will gradually read a few more of her works.

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  4. Sounds good! I have to check it out!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Kerri. I found it interesting, Atwood calls it her writing speculative fiction.

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  5. I have not read this book, but the premise sounds intriguing.

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    1. It waa the premise that caught my interest, Sherry. Genetic tampering and an 'us and them' setting - something's going to happen.

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  6. The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorite novels. Atwood is a genius with words that are beautiful and yet bite hard. Haven't read Oryx and Crake yet. I've read some mixed reviews, but I'm sure I'll get to it one of these days.

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    1. I been wanting to read something by Atwood, and this series was recent. The Year of the Flood appealed to me, so may read that one, or the one Inger mentioned.

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  7. Never read it but the premise sounds really original.

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    1. It kept me interested because I like the subject - the future.

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  8. I'm putting this on my list. It sounds like something I would like.

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    1. It's a future Earth with different parameters.

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  9. I'll admit, even though I'm Canada (but not by birth), I haven't read any of her stuff. No unless we had in high school. Did we??? Hmmm. I can't remember.

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    1. I haven't read very much of her writing, just including her in my classics reading (every 3rd book).

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  10. This sounds great! And Atwood is a superstar writer.

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    1. I'm just getting to know her, but have had lots of recommendations.

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  11. I've read a number of Margaret Atwood novels. I'll have to check out this one.

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    1. I want to read The Year of the Flood, and I think this one is the prequel. Atwood's work is new to me, but I've enjoyed this one.

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  12. I've never read a book by Margaret Atwood. Interesting premise with this one!

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  13. Sounds like a fascination story. I wish Magaret the highest in sales! :-)

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    1. It is one of those apocalyptic tales that intrigue us so - 'what would we do if. . .'

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  14. I read Oryx and Crake and enjoyed it quite a bit. I need to get Year of the Flood.

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  15. I read Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride many years ago. It was a book that left a lasting but inexplicable impression with me...to the point I think Atwood is an amazing writer, but I never read any more of her books. And I certainly had no idea she delved into science fiction such as this! I may have to read this book!

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