Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake

Author: Margaret Atwood

  • Publication Date: 2003-05-06
  • Category: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 335 Ratings)


Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


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  • Excellent Science Fiction

    By Dwardeng
    I've read a lot Atwood's works and always thought she would make for a great science fiction writer. This novel proves it.
  • Fantastic work of fiction.

    By Aliya Weise
    It is difficult to write much without spoiling the joy of discovery that awaits on every page. An excellent start to Atwood’s stunning trilogy. I highly recommend the novel and the trilogy.
  • Oryx and Crake

    By Flip 513
    I have over 40 books on my iPad since I purchased it. This is the only book that I couldn't get through. I read over half of the book to give it a viable chance. I found it slow and plotting. I found the plot to be nonexistent and halfway through there still didn't seem to be a purpose to the book. I would not recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a science fiction genre. Flip 513
  • Oryx and Crake

    By Sekhmet Three
    Unbelievable in it's nerve, riveting and not put downable! I didn't start out to read it....I was planning on Atwood's Maddadam but when I read that Maddadam was third in a trilogy, I semi-grudgingly started with the first in the trilogy. I'm so glad I did. I have now read all three in record time and they are not even 'my type' of genre. But the writing, fabulous story and lush vocabulary hooked me at once.....and has stayed with me....I don't want to start anything literary yet...I am having trilogy hangover!
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    By JRubino
    Atwood creates complicated worlds. When it works, you don’t even noticing while accepting the future she builds. But when it doesn’t work, as in this novel, nothing holds together. Sections here are so well done, but the connections to other chapters, to the novel as a whole, are missing. Frankly, I think it’s due to the length. The novel seems half complete, as if large swaths of details have been glossed over. That’s disappointing. It’s not bad. It’s only half-baked, I think. I suppose that’s a weird review: “I didn’t like it because I wanted more.” But there it is.
  • One of the best books I've read

    By SicTransit983
    This was an option to read for my highschool AP class. When I read the info about it I was interested in reading this. I was so happy I read it because it was the only book I actually completely read in that class and enjoyed, and that means a lot considering I have A.D.D and can't STAND to read. Easily my favorite book.