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'Ode to Margaret Atwood' week at OPL: Oryx and Crake

18/11/2013

Easily my favourite Atwood novel, Oryx and Crake Oryx and Crake  is a dystopian work before it was trendy, before Hunger games. Dark, chilling, futuristic, the novel focuses on the character Snowman, or Jimmy as he was before, is alone and grieving for his two friends Oryx and Crake. Through his memories, we learn what has happened to the world. Those who enjoyed Atwood’s The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid's Tale will find themselves wrapped up once again in her vision of the world’s possible future. The same world was also revisited in Atwood’s later novel The Year of the Flood The Year of the Flood . Oryx and Crake is profound and devastating. Is Atwood suggesting that this is what our world will become if we continue with our reckless biotech pursuits? Reading this will suck you into this world and the characters will stay with you long after.