Saturday, February 2, 2008
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is a creepy tale of humanity's end. It follows the narrator, who believes he is the last human on earth, through a series of flashbacks of his childhood and adolescence through to the 'end of the world' bringing the reader to a future without 'humans.'
It is inferred that the story is set in Canada, and chronicles a time in human history when genetic engineering and cloning enable the creation of hybrid animals and humans. The disparity between rich and poor culminates in the creation of security-laden 'compounds' where the scientists and corporations live and operate.
Wiki: The Wikipedia article for Oryx and Crake is well written and extensive.