Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood

I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation. The book is Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

I guess Ms. Atwood decided The Handmaid’s Tale wasn’t depressing enough, so she went back to the dystopian well for Oryx and Crake. Falling in love with a girl you see on the Web sounds great — what happens when she shows up on your doorstep? Crossing pigs and baboons is all in good fun, until they escape from the lab. You may have the world’s worst mother, but at least she’s not a terrorist — you hope. And you may be the smartest genetics engineer ever, but unleashing a world ending plague because your girlfriend cheats? Now, how smart is that? This is a love story between two uber-geeky young men: Snowman, who survies to tell the tale, and Crake, literally too smart to live. The woman who comes between them, the mysterious Oryx (who seems like a Hot Asian Girls website come to life)  is a beautiful, perfect cipher. It’s hard to like any of these smart but clueless people, and the best things in this book are embroidered around the edges. Everyone drinks Happicuppa and eats Soyummies, emotions are engineered and the well off and the lucky live in corporate compounds. And you may never eat another McNugget after reading about Chikkienubs — vat grown nuggets minus the rest of the chicken! Ultimately, it’s a cautionary tale. See? This is what happens when you play too many video games — you ruin your eyes and the world comes to and end.

The book is Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I’m Kim Alexander on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.

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