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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Jun 19, 08

bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction
Recommended for: people who think they don't like sci-fi
Read in May, 2008

The questions posed by this book have gotten under my fingernails. Atwood's eerie "could this really happen?" imagining of a not-too-distance future in which genetic engineering is way too easy gives the perfect setting for not only an engaging story of two friends but also a high-level discussion of "should we, just because we can?"

The book was very slow to start, but I trusted Atwood enough not to get frustrated and eventually I became wowed by the control inherent in the structure. Reading the first 50 pages, you feel like a horse with blinders on because you want so badly to see what is just beyond your view. I found myself asking questions only a few pages before I discovered the answer. This was not coincidence but what happens when a master storyteller takes you by the hand and guides your attention purposefully from one small nuance to the next. Somewhat akin to how a filmmaker guides your eye. A little bit maddening, but it is what makes "the great reveal" so much more emotional in the end.
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Openthepurple Ok, now I want to read it.
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