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Oryx and Crake
I like a bit of dystopian fiction with my sunshine and sangria. As such I couldn't have asked for a more perfect companion on a recent trip to a welcoming, sunkissed Barcelona than Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. The opening scenes introducing the central character Snowman, a lonely figure isolated on the sandy and possibly toxic shores of human civilisation, gave a very different edge to the packed Barceloneta beach under my feet. Set in the near future, the novel flicks between the story of Snowman's current plight, his mission to survive for what? There's evidence of disasters, both natural, man-made and even man-managed. Atwood has a knack for creating a totally believable Everyman in Snowman — or Jimmy, as he was once known — lost in the wreckage.
Oryx and Crake is a novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. She has described the novel as speculative fiction and adventure romance , rather than pure science fiction , because it does not deal with things "we can't yet do or begin to do",  yet goes beyond the amount of realism she associates with the novel form. The reader learns of his past, as a boy called Jimmy, and of genetic experimentation and pharmaceutical engineering that occurred under the purview of Jimmy's peer, Glenn "Crake". The book was first published by McClelland and Stewart. The novel focuses on a post-apocalyptic character called "Snowman", living near a group of primitive human-like creatures whom he calls Crakers. Flashbacks reveal that Snowman was once a boy named Jimmy who grew up in a world dominated by multinational corporations and privileged compounds for the families of their employees. Near starvation, Snowman decides to return to the ruins of a compound named RejoovenEsense to search for supplies, even though it is overrun by dangerous genetically engineered hybrid animals.
Outside the OrganInc walls and gates and searchlights, things were unpredictable. Inside, they were the way they used to be when Jimmy's father was a kid, before things got so serious, or that's what Jimmy's father said.
Really fascinating. I'm also a sucker for Read full review. Still trying to decide what I think about the book overall. I found the biological disaster entirely plausible, perhaps even likely at some point. The world-building was wonderfully well-done.
But Snowman is not alone. Questions about the Club? Christie Taylor is a producer for Science Friday. Her day involves diligent research, too many phone calls for an introvert, and asking scientists if they have any audio of that narwhal heartbeat. Time to reconvene the SciFri Book Club. And it all sounds kind of bleak, but it is fascinating.
From the very beginning of this novel, you feel that you are setting out on a journey masterminded by a sure and energetic guide. The starting place is a point some way into the future, where a character called Snowman is contemplating the devastated landscape around him and his own situation as probably the last human left on earth. Woven through Snowman's struggles to survive among genetic mutations and in the face of gradual starvation is the tale of his past as a naive young man called Jimmy. Jimmy watches as the world hurtles towards a catastrophe that is masterminded by his friend, an over-ambitious scientist called Crake. Although the structure sounds complicated, the novel never loses its forward momentum. Throughout the book the wheels of the plot turn relentlessly; sometimes you feel almost breathless.