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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Dec 20, 08

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Read in December, 2008

This was a tough read. It's a portrait of a dystopian future that's just uncomfortable. Atwood is a great writer, but sometimes I just want warm fuzzies in my books, not genetic mutations.

If you liked The Handmaid's Tale, then I think you would like this.

One of the most affecting movies I saw this year was "Wall-E" and this book is in a similar vein, but is not nearly as sweet ("Wall-Eeee" "Eeeeevaaa" "Wall-Eeee" "Eeeeevaaaa").

The story revolves around three characters: Jimmy (later known as "Snowman"), who is the narrator; Crake, who is Jimmy's best friend and a brilliant geneticist; and Oryx, the woman they both love.

Crake creates a society, with beings called Crakers, who represent genetic engineering gone wild. No love, no deep thoughts, just simple questions and a simple existence.
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