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Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood Surprisingly, Atwood creates a believable dystopia out of a corporate, money-making world. The concepts are very real to our present, and there isn't anything in here that seems out of this world of illogical. Growing pigs aka pigloons with multiple organs to be harvested for humans? Viewing executions real time online? Corporations manufacturing viruses to only have the perfect cure when the planned time arrives?

The main character Snowman (Jimmy) doesn't have a lot of depth to him. It is hinted at in the novel, at times, but I think the chapters when he is in the aftermath make him seem very removed from his former self, when it doesn't appear that much time has passed. I liked how the books' narrative jumped in time and it gave me urge to keep reading to understand why the world ended up the way it did, and who were Oryx and Crake.

Oryx's story was underdeveloped, but I think Crake was explained just enough. I think Atwood skimmed over the characters and really focused on the social implications of medicine and technology. Another thing I like was that Atwood didn't make the story seem to far in the future. I wished Jimmy's mother would have had a plotline during her "second life," but then Atwood left a lot up to the imagination, and I am sure that many of us probably imagine similar things - people living in abject poverty, riotings, shootings, police, military.

Once at the end, Snowman's present story seemed rather bland compared to the rest of the book. I did like the ambiguous ending however.