Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Oryx and Crake follows the story of Snowman, the last human survivor, as he reflects on his past and the events that led to the destruction of society. It explores themes of scientific ethics, genetic manipulation, and the consequences of unchecked technological advancement.

Author: Margaret Atwood
Year of publication: 2003
Project: dystopiatechnology / corporate rule / social injustice
Pages: 389





Plot Complexity: moderate
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: moderate

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood showcases a skillful use of language with vivid descriptions and a rich vocabulary, creating an immersive reading experience. The novel delves into thought-provoking ideas, exploring themes of genetic engineering, environmental degradation, and the ethics of scientific advancement. Its plot is intricately woven, blending present events with flashbacks, unveiling the complex relationships between characters and their impact on a post-apocalyptic world. Overall, Oryx and Crake presents a captivating narrative that challenges readers’ perspectives and leaves a lasting impression.


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.

Oryx and Crake is the first novel in the MaddAddam Trilogy.

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