Jun 21, 11
Surprisingly, this sequel/parallel to Oryx & Crake wasn't very good. I expected more from a great writer like Atwood. First reason: a poorly executed and very disjointed structure that jumps between preacher speeches, poetry, and two different viewpoints. Second reason: too many coincidences. One of the main characters just *happens* to know the main character from Oryx & Crake. The first four people she encounters after the "flood" just *happen* to be her childhood buddies. Etc. Lather, rinse, repeat. Third reason: the romantic angle that's supposed to swell to a touching climax at the end is, well, less than convincing.
I don't feel that this novel added anything to the story of Oryx & Crake, and it doesn't really do much on its own.