10/2013, 4 stars: Re-read this one by audiobook in anticipation of Maddaddam
12/2013, 4 stars: This one was a re-read, I originally read it a few years ago but it didn't make much of an impression on me then. Since I read The Year of the Flood
, I thought I'd read this one again. It wasn't a good idea to read this one right after finishing the former, since The Year of the Flood
is the better book in my opinion and expands on the world that was presented in Oryx and Crake
. Oryx and Crake
also moves a lot slower and less is revealed about the post-apocalyptic world it is set in, so its mystery is somewhat ruined.
I think the mentions of brutal violence and pornography in the novel, presented as if they're everyday things were meant to be shocking and disturbing, but I wasn't really affected by them. It just goes to show how badly desensitized our society (or at least, I personally) has become to such things already. The thing that disturbed me most was the descriptions of all the food in the book, particularly the ChickieNobs. All of it sounded ridiculous, but I get what Atwood was trying to do. She's asking, how much is too much? Most of our food today is already modified in some way, chemicals used on fruits and vegetables, growth hormones for animals. How far will humans go with our technology and science before they(we?) become something monstrous? Also, the innocent and simple genetically-engineered Crakers are meant to be a comparison to the destructive yet complex human species. Which one is better off?