Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is a 376-page speculative fiction novel originally published in 2003. I listened to the audiobook, written by Margaret Atwood (who always has really interesting stuff going on), read by Campbell Scott.

18415437Jimmy (also known as Snowman) is the protagonist of this eerie story, which is about Jimmy’s past life experiences with his strange, genius friend named Crake, and the enigma of a woman named Oryx–framed by Snowman’s current existence in a post-apocalyptic world.

In this new world where humanity has been decimated by a plague, Snowman may be the only human left. That is, besides the Crakers (strange human-like beings with glowing eyes and primate-like mating behaviors) and the genetically designed murderous animals. More


The Hunger Games

It has been a long time since I was moved to stay up reading a book simply because I could not put it down. The Hunger Games has reminded me why I love books so much. I bought it about a year ago because I really liked the cover. I only moved it up on my to-read list because a friend mentioned that they had just read it and it was superb. They could not be more right. Everything about this book screams ‘favorite.’

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Simple, just the way I like it.

I wasn’t sure whether I would like the narration style — inner to outer narrative is something I have struggled with (writing and reading) for quite some time. Suzanne Collins masters this — the changes are made seamlessy, naturally, and interestingly.

Even the plot is perfectly done — it goes in and out of intense moments, keeping you on edge for something disastrous to happen. I never considered putting the book down to take a break. The only reason I didn’t finish this novel in one day was the need for sleep. Let’s just say I’m glad that I started this book on break, so I could really sit down and enjoy it and not have to worry about school work. I loved every minute of this book, and am even now considering picking it up and reading it again. It’s exciting to think there are more books out there about Katniss and her adventures.

I absolutely cannot wait to read (and review!) Catching Fire. Until then, I will be reading (the complete) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Five Dances with Death: Dance One by Austin Briggs.