Humans are dangerous, to themselves...
A review of Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2003, Doubleday)
What might the future hold?
So, Atwood does seem to write about the creepiest things (dystopia, post apocalyptic earth, human horribleness), but it's so real it's worse than creepy. She sucks you in with the amazing futuristic happenings, so much SCIENCE, and making a better world... but then you begin to see the cracks and the artifice, and so forth. And, here, the narrative switches back and forth from three different periods in the protagonist's life, making it all come together near the end. It's grim and mournful, but also so gripping that it's hard to put down.
So breathtakingly sad, but also so incredibly thought provoking. We must really ponder: What are we doing to our planet? What are we doing to one another? What is really important?
It's a warning to us all.
I listened to this via Audible audio and the narrator is very good.
4/5 stars mostly because I really need something positive or pleasant to look forward to in books and this one is thin on that, of course, as it should be given the topic...