Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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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.

Reviewed by Hartley Readers reading group:

Interesting futuristic post-apocalypse story. Difficult for older readers to get into. Perhaps she should keep to her usual genre. Well written, clever and inventive, characters well defined.

Star rating: 2½ stars

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10 thoughts on “Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood”

  1. Review by Blackwater Valley U3A Reading Group:
    The reaction to this book was very mixed within the Group. Two love it, two thought it was interesting and two could not get on with it at all. The general thought was that it was very weird but had interesting ideas and was well written.
    Star rating: ** to ***

  2. Review by Blackwater Valley U3A Reading Group:
    The reaction to this book was very mixed within the Group. Two love it, two thought it was interesting and two could not get on with it at all. The general thought was that it was very weird but had interesting ideas and was well written.
    Star rating: ** to ***

  3. Review by Cambridge Reading Group:
    We all found this book a page turner and could not put it down. We did not want the story to end and all had different ideas of what happened next.
    Star rating: ****

  4. Review by Cambridge Reading Group:
    We all found this book a page turner and could not put it down. We did not want the story to end and all had different ideas of what happened next.
    Star rating: ****

  5. Review by Everton Reading Group:
    Either loved or hated by the group, this book prompted great discussion. All were in awe of Atwood’s fluid language. The theme resonated in a disturbing way too close to the present truth. Jimmy was without respect as a character while Crake showed extreme sinister tendencies. Oryx was an accepting ‘unfortunate’ – one of life’s casualties.
    Star rating: ***

  6. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3AReading Group:
    Proved to be one of the most challenging books our reading group has tackled. Several members frankly admitted having barely started reading or having given up early in their attempt. The the reasons for giving the book a four star rating by those who did read the book, varied widely, are testament to the richness of the material and the excellence of Atwood’s writing. This book, which predicts possible outcomes of current industrial and scientific trends ranks with ‘Utopia’, ‘Erehwon’ and ‘Brave New World’. One member suggested it should be compulsory reading as a cautionary tale for every fourteen year old.
    Star rating: ****

  7. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3AReading Group:
    Proved to be one of the most challenging books our reading group has tackled. Several members frankly admitted having barely started reading or having given up early in their attempt. The the reasons for giving the book a four star rating by those who did read the book, varied widely, are testament to the richness of the material and the excellence of Atwood’s writing. This book, which predicts possible outcomes of current industrial and scientific trends ranks with ‘Utopia’, ‘Erehwon’ and ‘Brave New World’. One member suggested it should be compulsory reading as a cautionary tale for every fourteen year old.
    Star rating: ****

  8. Review by Bookwombs
    Thought provoking and led to a good discussion in the group. Split opinions and there’s room for interpretation.
    ** – *** 2 to 3 stars

  9. Review by Morning Tide WI, Lee-on-the-Solent
    Although a few in the group liked the book all joined in a discussion of the basic theme (the group is women 50-70 years of age) and its possible happenings.
    Star rating **

  10. Review by Morning Tide WI, Lee-on-the-Solent
    Although a few in the group liked the book all joined in a discussion of the basic theme (the group is women 50-70 years of age) and its possible happenings.
    Star rating **

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