Strange to think of the endless labour, the digging, the hammering, the carving, the lifting, the drilling, day by day, year by year, century by century; and now the endless crumbling that must be going on everywhere. Sandcastles in the wind (P. 45).
That quote is how Snowman describes his home town. All of it crumbling away. I think that line was my favorite line in the whole book. I remember thinking how much I liked that metaphor. It puts a very vivid picture in my mind about the conditions Snowman has to live in.
Oryx and Crake jumbled my thoughts a little bit. I knew people had different, powerful perspectives but intentionally making people suffer is something that I don’t understand at all.
From the evidence in the book, it looks like Crake’s life was fantastic until his dad died. However, his dad was one of his “test subjects” for JUVE and he killed him but made it look like some sort of natural accident. As far as I know, nothing bad happened in his past that is influencing him now. From the looks of it, he shouldn’t have anything to be disappointed or angry about because he brought it all on himself.
I say that because usually, in order to do something like that, you need a motive. Something that might of happened in the past or something that is currently happening in the present, something you regret, maybe someone you’ve lost but Crake looked like he had a great life and any pain he had, he made it himself.
This book had its action packed moments and its moment where not much was happening. Since the book was moving backwards, trying to develop feelings for the characters was more difficult. You thought you knew a character inside-out when reading one page and then you would flip the page and something would change.
Personally, I like books that are packed with action and that jump straight into the plot. This book was more slow moving and eases you into the characters not necessarily in a confusing way, but it certainly made it harder to understand. It didn’t introduce what happened to the world until between 60% and 80% of the book.
It was a fairly difficult read because of the 2 time zones switching back and forth. It was the same character but snowman (the character in the present) was reflecting on his past (when he was Jimmy).
I would recommend this to people that can really get into a book without it having a lot of action. Also for people that enjoy slower paced books, this would be a good read. It did trigger a lot of emotions very suddenly and made you sympathize with the characters throughout the book. People that enjoy (and pay attention to) the writing of a book would love this book because the figurative language was amazing.
I think another book that could possibly fit into this world issues category is Station Eleven. I know that recommending a book that I haven’t even read yet is a bit bizarre but it looks like a great book nonetheless. To summarize it in a few sentences: Set 15 years in the future, a plague wipes out almost the entire world in just 2 weeks.
It’s all about what people will do to survive and how they interact with each other when the world is crumbling beneath their feet.
Here is the link to the official summary:
I wouldn’t normally choose a book like this but now that I’ve read the first book, I need answers to my questions.