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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Nov 20, 14

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bookshelves: sci-fi, dystopian, reviewed, post-apocalyptic, adult
Recommended for: fans of drama, dystopias, and character studies
Read in March, 2008

This took me ridicuously long to read. It didnt tell me enough to keep me interested, but at the same time it told me too much and made the ending anticlimactic. The format just didnt work well for me.

Also, the main character was probably the least significant, he was just the only one who could have told the story. I would have prefer an omniscient narrator rather than what was used, which was the third-person POV of Snowman. This meant that we didnt get to know any of the thoughts or intentions of the people who drove the story. I would guess that this was the intention, to give us an outside view. I dont know if I was supposed to figure out Crake's intentions, or why Oryx was so unusual, from what Jimmy/Snowman witnessed, or if it was supposed to remain a mystery. I guess I just dont like ambiguous endings.

Nevertheless, the story was very well thought out, and I enjoyed it as a whole. I just would have prefered if it was told from start to finish, without an gaps.
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