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 by Margaret Atwood
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.
About Oryx and Crake
Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale , is about the future.
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.
Oryx and Crake is a novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. She has described the novel as speculative fiction and adventure romance , rather than pure science fiction , because it does not deal with things "we can't yet do or begin to do",  yet goes beyond the amount of realism she associates with the novel form. The reader learns of his past, as a boy called Jimmy, and of genetic experimentation and pharmaceutical engineering that occurred under the purview of Jimmy's peer, Glenn "Crake". The book was first published by McClelland and Stewart. The novel focuses on a post-apocalyptic character called "Snowman", living near a group of primitive human-like creatures whom he calls Crakers. Flashbacks reveal that Snowman was once a boy named Jimmy who grew up in a world dominated by multinational corporations and privileged compounds for the families of their employees.
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….