Review: Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
In other words, Oryx and Crake is a dystopian about the evils of genetic modification, with an odd main character who has been thrown into a future that he didn't want and that he finds mostly useless. Through flashbacks, we learn how it all happened. It's also the story of a man who hates his present, but quite honestly, his past wasn't all that great either.
And that's really it.
Atwood tries hard with this one, and though most of the novel is written well, ultimately, it lacks the impact of some of her previous work. Some of the themes--shining a light on sex trafficking and why some people can be loyal to the people who exploit them are handled realistically--so realistically, in fact, that it is difficult to stomach in places. Or maybe that is the point.
Although the novel was first published in 2009 parts of it already feel very dated, in particular, Atwood's portrayal of Aspergers. I can't say that I loved this one in the same way that I have loved some of Atwood's previous work, such as The Handmaid's Tale, but I can't say that I hated it either. It is what it is, a story about genetic modification and the end of humanity.