Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood
Darkly funny and shocking, this is a bold and wonderful piece of speculative fiction. Narrated by “Snowman,” apparently the last human on Earth after some apocalyptic event, the novel is constructed as a flashback, looking back on the last days of humanity. Carrying hot-button issues from our world today, like social inequality, environmental destruction and genetic engineering, to a logical if completely over-the-top end, Atwood creates a truly frightening future that seems creepily plausible. Not for the faint of heart, this is nonetheless a fabulous pick for fans of speculative or science fiction, or for literary fiction readers.