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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Jul 22, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: 2013, science-speculative-fiction, own-or-access
Read from July 18 to 22, 2013

I liked this much more than The Year of the Flood, and indeed much more than Atwood's other dystopias, and indeed much more than I usually like dystopias. I think this was probably because, on one hand, Atwood is a great writer so she can make dystopia work for me in a way other authors can't, but on the other hand, this book had less than the usual quota of Atwood's characteristic way of dealing with characters' backstories. In The Year of the Flood I found that these two elements - the dystopia and the characters' backstories - kind of clashed, and the presence of each took away from the other.

Someone or other on this site - probably Elizabeth - has expressed the opinion that Atwood is less good at male protagonists. I think she might be right, but I actually preferred it that way.
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