The first book in the MaddAddam Trilogy, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Image courtesy of Amazon
I have to say that this book is certainly not for everyone, but I adore Margaret Atwood's storytelling ability.
It's confronting to say the least, in the same way that her book The Handmaid's Tale? was confronting. It makes you take a long hard look at society, where it's heading and if it's too late for us to even possibly begin to change it.
Through the eyes of the main character, Jimmy, AKA “Snowman,” the reader is introduced to a post apocalyptic future where there is no humanity except for Snowman and these re-enginered humans called the “Children of Crake,”
The books leaves you to work through the story trying to discover who Crake and Snowman are, and what has happened to the world to cause the end of the human race.
The story gives you a glimpse into a horrifying future world where the population growth exceeds food and corporations capitalize on increased demand for goods through advances in bioengineering by growing both food and organs on farms.
It illustrates a world where the population is divided into 'haves' and 'have nots' and human ethics go seriously out the window- fast.
The most confronting thing about this book is that the culture and attitudes presented are not that far removed from where we are today.
In this book we get a closeup, and often uncomfortable look at a potential future and it begs some serious questions that are both confrontational and engaging.
This is the first in a three page series called the MaddAddam Trilogy.
I had trouble with this book. I've read almost all of Atwood's other novels, but this one was so difficult to read that it became an unrelaxing experience. Not saying that books shouldn't be challenging, but I'm wondering whether the author had trouble conveying her story The language is difficult, the sentence structures and paragraphs felt clunky. It's a complex story line, perhaps this is why I found it such a difficult book to read.