The End!

Oryx and Crake have been a ride. There is no other way to describe this novel. It can be a chore to read, and it can be a joy to read as well. It can be read as a light read, or as a lesson. I'm not sure how exactly I feel about this book.  At some parts, it was terrible to read. It seemed boring, and the way I originally described it to my family was it was "Like a fifth grader trying to seem deep, and wise, making a bunch of connection while never following up on it.". It was tough to read... at first.

    As the story picked up, so did our characters. They are humans and have flaws. This makes the book understandable, and relatable. This book has plenty of good features. It's also very confusing at times, and hard to grasp the real world issues it's going after. I honestly didn't have a firm idea of what the book was talking about for the majority of the book. It does have some ties, but the work that is needed to be put into it is ridiculous, just t…

Crake's Charter of Rights and Freedom's

Religion is shunned, and science is dominant. People are controlled and constantly monitored and spied on. Even geniuses have to use leap frogging ( a technique of using multiple servers to hide your true location and internet history, shown on. p. 88) to hide personal information from the government and the controlling force. This is what awaits us! At least according to Oryx and Crake.
The future is a desolate lonely place according to the book. The poor are shunned and kicked out, the rich and smart live like kings behind guarded fences, accessible only by bullet train, and through strict security. The government can view any of your histories, and keeps tabs on each person. Scientists play God, creating monstrosities, an ever-changing system influenced by the dominant force, Capitalism.
The poor live in the pleeblands. It’s a terrible place, so with filled with sickness and STDs that our protagonist has to take a vaccine every time he visits (p. 297). The plebeians are ridden wit…

What would the Last Man Alive room look like?

Jimmy is a surreal character. He isn’t exactly a role model, nor the usual protagonist. He drinks, gets high, is lazy, is a sex addict, and depends on other, hoping the world will just give him what he desires. This is what it means to be human. Jimmy isn’t flawless, far from it. But it’s his flaws that make him relatable. The urge to please his parents, the selfish competition and depredation with his best friend Crake, his need to help others so they will help him. He is a dynamic and shifting character. We have seen him at his best and seen him at his absolute worse. This just makes him feel real. And so, his room is normal.
He’s a fairly normal guy save for the addictions, so I created this room to match that. At first glance, his room seems simple and unrelated. If you look closer, though, you will see details that drove the narrative of the book. I went through hercul…

Canadian in the End of the World

(Written in a mixed style of the Road and Oryx and Crake)

    A lone man screamed in the night, breaking the unnatural silence that had crept in with the wee hours of twilight. The man was clearly a man of wealth, sporting an authentic replica of a late Canadian hockey team, the infamous Maple Leafs. A true patriot, one would assume. Of course, the man liked his country, grateful for it. It was much better than some of the others, not torn apart by riots.  Canada was one of the few nations that were unaffected by the warming earth, and lack of water. It still suffered the same fate as the rest though, driven by capitalism until the rich were divided from the poor. 
    Alone in a deserted alley, the man kept screaming the name. The man was once called Neal, but names have ceased meaning after the incident. No one was left to acknowledge them, forget even calling them. That happened six hours ago but that wasn’t the beginning…

––––––––––––––––—Several Weeks Earlier–––––––…

Righteous Mom, Deadbeat?

Now that you are ⅖ of the way through your novel, discuss something that surprised you.'

One of the biggest plot twists is one that you can see coming from a mile away, but it still shocks you about the audacity of the character. When Snowman's (then Jimmy) mother leaves you are left with a basket of emotions. You feel angry, sad, and disappointed. You saw this as a possibility very early in the book, yet at the same time, you thought that someone who genuinely loved her kid would do something like that. 

Jimmy's mom leaves, leaving two messages, one vague, and one clear. She left Jimmy a letter of excuses, that he really didn't care about. She told Jimmy she loved him, took his best friend, Killer the Rakunk, and left. Jimmy was devasted, but he was conflicted about who he was more devasted about, his mother or his secret confidant. Jimmy at the time didn't believe she loved him.

She certainly didn't love his father. This was apparent from their constant argument…

Works Cited

Atwood, Margaret. Oryx And Crake. The Canadian Publishers, Emblem Edition 2005.

Snowman, Abominable or Pitiful?

In this lovely, dark book our protagonist is a man named Snowman, as in Abominable. He is a deeply troubled man, and for good reason. The world as he knew it crumbled around him and stole his memories. It has left him with a mind that's torn, and barely patched together. His name is adopted, for he thinks of himself as a monster, an outcast, keeping the abominable part to himself. He compares his own existence to the creature of myth, one who has backward pointing feet, one who is known only through rumour. He is the last of his kind, a mystery to the Children of Crake (the mysterious people who are living in the destroyed landscape), a bringer of knowledge, a dirty hermit who is the only living member of the past alongside with all the decaying reminders. But before this, he was a lively, humorous boy named Jimmy. 

     Jimmy was an only child, living a privileged life. His father was a top genographer, who worked on OrganInc Farms, a corporation pushing gene splicing in…