8 reasons to read Oryx and Crake before you die:
1. You won’t have to read The Hunger Games, which is a trivial copy-spin-off, surely.
2. You find out kangaroos don’t fart.
3. You have your faith restored in the idea that a story set in the past and present at the same time can work and isn’t just a gimmick to stop you realising that the story line isn’t adequate.
4. When you do die, which will be soon – read the book – you won’t spend your last minutes asking ‘what the fuck’s happening?’
5. I understand that the reason grown adults want to read books for kids these days is that they want to read undemanding books without being judged for it: apparently you can get away with reading stuff like HG and HP without being judged. I find that hilarious, but even if it is true, why on earth wouldn’t you read this book: it is totally zip through, easy, unchallenging. But nonetheless, is well written and leaves a stamp on you. You will remember it as you die.
6. Fabulous main character, even though he’s a spineless unable-to-think-for-himself fuckwit. Emphasis on fuck there.
7. Atwood creates a world which is but a few breaths away and is a relentlessly logical picture of what it will be like, just before we die.
8. If you are like me, it will make you try another Atwood: I gave up on her after a few chapters of my first one, the Russian Doll one. Maybe I was just unlucky in my first pick.