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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Sep 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: e-book, apocalyptic, sci-fi, 2013
Read from September 10 to 17, 2013

While I was reading this, I was thinking of Octavia Butler's Xenogenisis trilogy, and many of the questions she brought up about what makes something a human.

What can you change about humans and still have a human?

Their minds? Their sex drives? Skin color? Hair? Society? Their instincts?

Are Crake's creations still human? Does it matter? Atwood didn't consider any of these questions in any meaningful way. I think I liked Butler's more thoughtful treatment of some of the material rather than Atwood's "Let's see if this shocks them!" style.

But overall, I still enjoyed Atwood's book more - though not quite as much as The Handmaid's Tale.

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