A story of genetic modification and the tumultuous end of the modern world, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is an engrossing and disturbing vision of the future. Atwood calls her book “speculative fiction” as opposed to “science fiction” due to the fact that everything written within either already exists or is in close reach.
Snowman believes himself to be the last human being on earth following a devastating cataclysm that he was spared from. Wracked with guilt and going slowly insane he tends to the “Crakers”, genetically modified humans grown in a lab as an alternative to human beings’ destruction of the Earth. The story jumps back to earlier parts of Snowman’s life, showing both his journey as well as how civilization progressed to the deceptively peaceful yet barren apocalypse that it became.
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood
Greenfield Open Stacks Call # 813 At95o 2003
Recommended by Bill Rooney, Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant