Allow Me to Recommend: Atwood!
Published on Friday, August 16, 2013 - 9:52am
I would like to recommend a book to readers who are into post-apocalyptic future dystopian literature, or those who just love author Margaret Atwood. The book is Oryx and Crake.
An oryx I'd heard of, but a crake? Turns out it's a small bird. These words play a different role in Atwood's haunting futuristic novel, where people are named after [non-hybrid] animals.
The Handmaid's Tale blew me away. All the deeply unsettling subtext is encoded in the story of a handmaid in a totalitarian Christian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government. Oryx and Crake is not directly related, substituting as its literary vehicle a dystopian future struggling with genetic engineering woes, exotic diseases and titillating trans-humanist possibilities.
If you like Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Road, or The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451, Bladerunner, check this out from your local branch.
Bonus: Oryx and Crake has two sequels: The Year of the Flood, and the third book, MaddAddam, which comes out Sept. 3!