Book Eighty Five

Book Eighty Five 2014:

Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood

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Why, why, why has it taken me so long to read (and review!) this incredible book?

Snowman is the (seemingly) only human left alive on Earth with a species he calls the “Crakers” – a sort of human-hybrid of uncertain origin to begin with. The story then flicks back and forward to his childhood and college years (in our future – a world in which there are very much the haves and the have-nots) and to Crake and Oryx, his best friend and… well I’ll leave you to find that one out yourself.

I will be honest and shame myself yet again by saying that I read my first Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) earlier this year and she is rapidly becoming one of the favourite SF authors. See, it’s hard to do post-apocalyptic well, even harder to just let your imagination fly into extraordinary places and not get bogged down in the prosaic.

She imagines a world both worryingly plausible and impossibly far-fetched. I cannot tell you just how much I enjoyed it. It is beautiful.

Do not miss this book. I’m on to the sequels Year Of The Flood and Maddaddam after Xmas.

EDIT – This is why the internet is the greatest thing. Ever.

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