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Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret AtwoodOryx 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.
Oryx and Crake : A Novel
From the very beginning of this novel, you feel that you are setting out on a journey masterminded by a sure and energetic guide. The starting place is a point some way into the future, where a character called Snowman is contemplating the devastated landscape around him and his own situation as probably the last human left on earth. Woven through Snowman's struggles to survive among genetic mutations and in the face of gradual starvation is the tale of his past as a naive young man called Jimmy. Jimmy watches as the world hurtles towards a catastrophe that is masterminded by his friend, an over-ambitious scientist called Crake. Although the structure sounds complicated, the novel never loses its forward momentum. Throughout the book the wheels of the plot turn relentlessly; sometimes you feel almost breathless.
The best future fictions are deeply embedded in the present. They prod our existing fears into the light and build a dystopic world on them. So the monsters haunting — both Nazi and Stalinist — were incarnated in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, with its ever-vigilant Big Brother, its thought police, its daily two minutes of hate and its newspeak, which enshrined "doublethink": War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. Writing in , Margaret Atwood gave Orwell's future an update. The Handmaid's Tale inflected the basic totalitarian police state with current, feminist anxieties. The fundamentalist right was on the rise.
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As my jolly stroll through numerous dystopian visions continues I find myself thoroughly enjoying the journey, being the warped and twisted individual I am. While researching further titles to add to Fantasy Book Review's dystopia section the name of Canadian author Margaret Atwood surfaced repeatedly, most particularly for The Handmaid's Tale and the synopsis was intriguing:. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs…. But the research also uncovered another Atwood title, enigmatically named Oryx and Crake, whose synopsis slightly edged it in the intrigue stakes:.