Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Book I Read in March
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Sorry this review is a few days late. April is already flying by over here! This was my second read of Oryx and Crake. The first read was during high school, when I was about 16 years old, and a lot has changed in almost a decade, but this book still has such a powerful affect on me. I remember reading the book by flashlight in my front yard and screaming when someone walked by walking his dog. I became so immersed in this end of the world saga both times around; Oryx and Crake makes for a terrifying read. You may remember my review of Year of the Flood, which is part of the trilogy. It honestly does not matter what order you read this trilogy in, but I'd start with Year of the Flood (even though it was published second). So, what is the premise of Oryx and Crake? A super virus, manufactured by a Crake, a mad-genius at a vitamin company, wipes out the human population, only to be replaced (?) with a new species of human designed by Crake and taught by former child porn movie actress Oryx (it's complicated). Jimmy is left to deal with the ramifications of Crake's actions, and the end of the world does not look pretty, but then again, the flashbacks about life before the "flood" are just as unsettling. Oryx and Crake is my favorite of the series so far, but I'll issue this warning: there are parts of this novel that disturb me deeply, on multiple levels, but yet I'm SO glad I've read these novels. As always, Atwood creates a world like no one else. Her language is flawless, her characters, very flawed (in the best kind of way-they seem like people I could know and meet), and the story is one I will never be able to forget. This book changed me, and that is what makes Atwood my all time favorite author (If you haven't read The Handmaid's Tale, that is a good Atwood starting place). Do yourself a favor and read these two books.
Happy page turning!
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