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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Feb 22, 2010

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By now I should have an entire section devoted to dystopic books. This is the fourth one I have read in the past year, and may be the second best, shown up only by "Blindness". Atwood has been a favorite author of mine since childhood, since she has that Canadian knack for hearing a great blend of words as she puts them on paper. The story borrows heavily from the Greek mythological story of Odysseus, but only sprinkles that story among the details of this one (unlike Joyce).

This story combines the dangers of overpopulation, genetic tinkering and lawlessness brought on by a lack of moral compass. One is never sure when reading Atwood whether she approves of an uncompassed life or if she just interpolates that as the direction mankind is heading. In this sense, she sees many of the same problems with society as Michael Crichton. There is no doubt however, that this book is better written than Crichton's and contains characters that excel in their depth and believability. This book is so much more than a prediction of a dire future. It actually lays the groundwork for a more advanced form of humanity, similar to what Greg Bear does in "Darwin's Radio".

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message 1: by Pillblooms (new)

Pillblooms Just finished this book. I'd like to point out that the method of genocide used by Crake, if you keep up on some of the unpopular news regarding vaccines, is more fact than fiction.

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