Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. A 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 they both loved. Years earlier, these three were at the center of an underground science run amok—creating new life forms that rapidly accelerated into chaos. Only one man can unlock the final chapter—and rescue us from ourselves.
Set shortly, a chaotic world stretches from California to Afghanistan. Snowman lives in a trailer with his beloved dog, named Killer. He remembers laughing through music and conversation with Crake and Oryx around the time that science produced a cure for every illness known to man. Life seemed to promise eternal peace, happiness, and joy on Earth….
Jimmy and Crake were two friends who grew up together in a world damaged by genetic engineering and social media. Oryx was the amoral woman who changed their lives forever. In a funny, scary, oracular tale told from earth’s last days, Margaret Atwood brilliantly imagines a world of biotech corporations, religious fundamentalism, and ecoterrorism.
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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. A 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 imagination.
It is not just their genes that are questionable. Male minds are philosophically harmful in rationalizing male power as beneficial in an Invisible Hand sort of way. The benign logic of competitive personal ambition – for advancement, reputation, wealth, and making the world better – is a mere excuse for power-seeking. The male mind is warped in its essential isolationism: “He [Jimmy] wanted to be himself, alone, unique, self-created and self-sufficient.”
The quest for power ensures only one thing: an increase in the destructiveness of power. Another way of saying the same thing: an increase in capacity requires exploitation – of the environment, of animals, and other people, particularly of women. Someone or something always loses in the competitive hormonal struggle. “Crake made the Great Emptiness,” say the men.