Friday, 8 May 2009

Audio Book Review: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
This view of a dystopian future got better and better. The story starts with a young man called Jimmy who is living in a tree on the beach with some people who seem to be his followers. They think he's like a God and they don't question him or disagree with what he tells them.

As days go by Jimmy looks back on how he came to be there and we find out why he's the only one left in the world - or is he?

I thought this was a fascinating look at how the not too distant future could turn out and really felt sorry for Jimmy as he tried to make the best of his new life. One of my favourite parts is when he pretended to talk to the tribes creator, Crake, through his wristwatch, then relayed to the tribe people what Crake had replied. They believed him implicitly when he said he was the only one who could talk to Crake.

The chapter where Jimmy travels away from the beach to look round some empty houses scavenging for food, clothes, weapons etc. reminded me very much of The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

The abridged audiobook was narrated by Alex Jennings.




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