Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake

A Novel

Paperback - 2009 | Vintage Canada ed
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Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2009, c2003
Edition: Vintage Canada ed
Branch Call Number: FIC ATW
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 20 cm


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Nov 30, 2019

Michael R. Brown, Editor/Chief Ghettostone Publications Company and Leader of The BEST SELLERS BOOK CLUB review of "Oryx And Crake", by Margaret Atwood a science fiction novel. Our future world has ended badly...! Earlier technological discoveries in the bio-science have become out of control proliferating at a rate that will out do the normal world...! Blue humans who smell like citrus fruit are near perfect having no need for anything the previous world desired...! (The citrus smell keep mosquitoes away) Only one man has survived to tell the tale of what happened to wreak the world...! Told from the perspective of "Snowman" the lone survivor who lives in this weird world, the readers are taken through an historical accounting of events that lead this his survival and his living in a tree surrounded by unrecognizable animals and humans. The new animals of this future world are called "children of Oryx! And the new (near perfect) blue humans are called, "Children of Crake"! Once you begin this novel there is no return, you must keep reading in order to settle your mind melt and brain twists thrown at you from it's beginning pages...! "Readers be Warned!" How can we, any of us, move forward in our lives without knowing the Truth! Readers unless we find out what and the holly hell happened to the world, it's impossible to put this book down! Margaret Atwood has drawn us in to captivity with "Oryx And Crake" a science fiction novel that has a grip on mad science in our fearful dreams run amock...! We disagree strongly on the possibilities of realism, but we all know this was a great read for the entire group.

We the BEST SELLER'S BOOK CLUB highly recommend this title to our book lovers and science fiction fans all round the world! Enjoy!


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Jul 21, 2019

First off, Atwood is a brilliant and beautiful writer. I find that I literally drink up her language as I read. But I didn't really like this book. I thought there were problems on Atwood's end and on mine, too.

Atwood revisits writing dystopia again (The Handmaid's Tale), but less successfully this time for me. Crake and Jimmy aren't fully realized characters and the novel, told in flashback in half of it, is too coy for my tastes in revealing how we got to where we are. But I could have just had on my Lazy Reader Hat (my daughter Victoria describes it as having droopy flowers and mushrooms on it) and wanted things spelled out for me instead of working for it. Maybe, just maybe, Jimmy was too whiny and uninteresting for me. And the beautiful, elusive and mysterious Oryx - whose misfortunes flow off of her like a silvery waterfall - well, she was fun to read about but less based in reality than chickienobs.

Apr 30, 2019

I enjoyed the concept of this dystopian world and wonder how the human footprint will continue in this world. Will the Crakers be able to make a better world?
The "why" of the destruction of mankind isn't answered. At the time of publication the world was different. Perhaps then, the action of destruction wasn't a plausible idea. But in today's world, with the crazy shootings occurring where one mad man decides the fate of a group of others, this destruction took on a different feeling for me.

LPL_KatieF Mar 03, 2019

2019 Book Squad Reading Goals - Climate Fiction

Dec 05, 2018

A bleak dystopian novel where the world has been destroyed by disease. Sole survivor snowman tells the story of how one mad scientist got us here. --Lizzie G.

Oct 30, 2018

Book 1 of trilogy.

Sep 24, 2018

First in Atwood's dystopian MaddAddam trilogy. Followed by "The Year of the Flood" and "MaddAddam."

bookgirlatDCL Feb 02, 2018

A philosophical look at genetic engineering that is dark and sad and beautifully written that will make you THINK about what we are doing to ourselves and the planet and where it will all lead. Read the whole trilogy!

Jul 25, 2017

This book starts out sort of slow, but the ending is definitely worth it! Margaret Atwood's imagination is unbelievable, and just like many of her novels, this one has quite the twist. Atwood's storytelling style with "Oryx and Crake"--going back and forth between past and present--allows you to be introduced to the main character's present life whilst increasingly showing glimpses of the past until the big reveal.

CMLReads_Kristin May 10, 2017

An excellent dystopian novel. As is typical of Atwood, it's more a novel of ideas than of action. It will make the reader think! Those who are loving The Handmaid's Tale renewed popularity right now should check this first book in Atwood's t MaddAddam trilogy out!

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mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Apocalyptic imagery.

mvkramer Apr 06, 2017

Sexual Content: Allusion to child prostitution.

Mar 08, 2017

Sexual Content: Sexual content throughout the entire book.

Mar 08, 2017

Coarse Language: The dialogue contains frequent use of strong/course language.

Jan 05, 2013

Coarse Language: Definitely some shits, hells, damns.

Jan 05, 2013

Sexual Content: Some weird porn and snuff is described semi-explicitly.

Aug 29, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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