Review: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

20 Books of Summer 2019: Book 6

My favorite Margaret Atwood book is still Stone Mattress, a collection of nine stories. There’s something about her pacing in full-length novels that doesn’t work for me. Like The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake bounces between a dystopian future and a world a few tweaks from our present. It works well to have a main character with their feet in both worlds—who better to show the contrast?—but this means the dystopian elements must move quickly and perfectly into place. I’m not saying either future is impossible, but the speed of the transition raises questions without clear answers. read more