Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake

I’d say I quite enjoyed this novel. Atwood describes it as adventure romance or speculative fiction. It’s quite dystopian which follows the main character, Snowman/Jimmy, through his past to get a picture of why he’s in the position he’s currently in. I don’t want to ruin the plot; however, the book covers a lot from education, genetic engineering, a pandemic and much more.

The story is so well-written and there’s so much to enjoy about. There’s a lot of depth and many themes which are left open for the reader for interpret. It covers ethical, philosophical and moral issues across the story, and you’re left with so much to unpack.

There are two more books in this trilogy ‘The Year of the Flood’ and ‘MaddAddam’ which I may get round to reading at some point. I imagine they further elaborate and flesh out the story.

I’d recommend this if you’re into dystopian novels especially ones that are more speculative. I can’t really compare this with any other Atwood novels as I haven’t read any however, I imagine there are some similarities in style.