Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

March Books 20) Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood

I came to this with somewhat low expectations, but actually found it a pretty gripping, if sombre, tale of near-future apocaplyse. The viewpoint character, Johnny / Snowman, reminisces about how his friend Crake destroyed humanity in order to replace us with his own genetically engineered version (Oryx being their love). It's a fairly basic sfnal plot, and Atwood does it competently and coherently; not as good a book as he own The Handmaid's Tale (nor as brilliant a treatment of the theme as this), but I found it engaging, if somewhat grim.
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