Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1)
by Margaret Atwood (2004)
Oryx and Crake is a love story and 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.
This was read as it was recommended by the
Science Friday Podcast.
The story begins in some unknown place and time.
No information is given about the character of Jimmy/Snowman. Then, through flashbacks of his childhood his past is revealed. He is the child of genetic engineers. His mother has some mental problems (probably depression) but his father continues work, merging genetics to create unusual animals.
When he enters school he befriends Crake. Then about a third of the way through the book the narration turns in to focus on the character, the plot slows to a halt. At this point it becomes a chore to get through, boredom sets in and I gave up.