I read Oryx and Crake a number of years ago and I am sure that I didn’t understand it completely. So I read it again, after I had read the The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam, and it all made sense this time.
I borrowed the final two books from the library, and because of their popularity, I only had two weeks in which to read them. I was so engrossed that I read them in less than two weeks.
Margaret Atwood has been one of my most favourite authors since I first picked up The Handmaid’s Tale in the mid-1990s – a most disturbing and intense novel. She is able to create believable but imaginary futuristic worlds based on technology and ideas which already exist. That is probably the most frightening or disturbing feature about this trilogy; the ideas are within the realm of possibility.
I can imagine people taking BlyssPlus or hanging out in joints such as Scales and Tails. God’s Gardeners are probably already out there building a garden atop the high-rise buildings. The idea of perfecting humanity is an interesting one and Atwood shows us that even if you do go to the extreme of creating creatures such as the Crakers, eventually they may well end up like us, that is, imperfect and human.