Oryx and Crake: The MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1

Margaret Atwood

Oryx 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.

status Copy #1 (4993): in
genre Sci-Fi
publisher Anchor
publish date 2004
popularity checked out 16 time(s)


  • By Helios Wilson Levick -

    This is a pretty fantastic book. I would change a few things in the aesthetic and lyrical flow of the words, but overall, no complaints. Sophisticated language and concepts combined to tell a story of human engineering, both purposeful and natural, sex and politics set in our future. Excellent imagery and super scifi ideas. I laughed a lot, later I almost cried. The layout of this story is effortlessly elegant, in as far as the way pieces of timeline are strewn together. the very last paragraphs were a bit dissapointing, but whatever. most writers cant figure out endings. I think YOU should read this book.

  • By Jasmine (Jammys) Chang -

    I haven’t read a scifi novel of my own free will, like, ever before. But I figured it was about time to, so I started with this book, and I certainly am glad I did. Atwood’s style includes super vivid imagery and bizarre metaphors, and she brings a lot of perspective to our reality through crafting her own. She’s got a way of weaving together words and tackling the essence of human nature head-on that’s pretty intriguing. She’s also a poet, and that definitely shows in her prose. Even though it’s a scifi novel, the story is pretty character-heavy, which is appealing to me..however, the characters are sort of simplistic (and hence a bit unrealistic). There are certain aspects of the story that could have perhaps been expanded upon. However, she has some pretty powerful points to make about civilization, sex, science, and humanity as a whole.

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