Maddadam trilogy begins…

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood. 

the meat of the story is a flashback of a guy who is at the edge of his sanity, possibly the lone survivor of some apocalyptic event brought about by biotech and gene splicing. He remembers his only friend Crake who is somehow intricately linked tot he cause of this apocalypse and Oryx, a mysterious girl. as he grows up in a dysfunctional house in a world ravaged by environmental collapse, society it seems is constantly on the brink. This tension is evident throughout the book, and contributes hugely to the dark tenor of the book. In a good way 🙂

To biologists the science seems a bit wonky, but the ideas are sound. Like all sci-fi this is an extrapolation of the biotech optimism and dreams of playing God about a decade ago. Atwood has certainly thoguht this through, and she has a really masterful style, maintaining a great balance of suspense and emotion in the story to keep you going along, supported ably by her superbly lyrical prose. The new yorker article reviews it much better, but i would say definitely worth a look, this book. 


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