Oryx and Crake|Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake
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"I was interested in this book because I love The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. The reviews of Oryx and Crake said the two books were comparable. The critics were right—this book has the same brilliance."
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With the same stunning blend of prophecy and social satire she brought to her classic The Handmaid's Tale," Margaret Atwood gives us a keenly prescient novel about the future of humanity--and its present.
Humanity here equals Snowman, and in Snowman's recollections Atwood re-creates a time much like our own, when a boy named Jimmy loved an elusive, damaged girl called Oryx and a sardonic genius called Crake. But now Snowman is alone, and as we learn why we also learn about a world that could become ours one day.


  • ISBN-13: 9780385721677
  • ISBN-10: 0385721676
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: March 2004
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.64 pounds
  • Page Count: 400

Oryx and Crake

Atwood's 17th book is a wild-at-heart work of science fiction that may be her most ambitious offering yet. The novel's central character, Jimmy, moves through a bleak, post-apocalyptic landscape, remembering what life on Earth was like before disaster wiped out civilization. In the extended flashback that comprises the bulk of the book, he recounts his childhood on a bioengineering farm, where he befriends a young genius named Crake. Crake eventually attempts to create a new race of beings—humans resistant to disease and stripped of their propensity for violence and war—with the aid of his Asian girlfriend, Oryx, a former Internet kiddie porn star with whom Jimmy has long been obsessed. When Jimmy goes to work for Crake, a love triangle of sorts ensues. Finding out how this strange threesome fares when civilization comes to an end makes for wonderfully provocative reading. A reading group guide is available at