YMMV: Oryx and Crake

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Jimmy himself even questions if Oryx as Unreliable Narrator is an issue. Was she both girl's or did she make that up?
    • On Crake's side there's how much of a chess master was he? Certain parts seem to imply he's been playing everyone, but some of these parts aren't ever confirmed outright.
    • Did Pilar give Crake the pills on purpose to let him kill off the human race?
  • Anvilicious: Playing God is not a good idea.
  • Badass Decay: Some think Toby suffers this in the third book. Others see it as she's so inexperienced with loving emotions that she's just finding problems and overeacting over Zeb.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As of 2013 there is now lab-grown meat from stem cells.
  • Nightmare Fuel: all of it. seriously.
  • Sci Fi Ghetto: Margaret Atwood once insisted that this isn't science fiction, it's speculative fiction.
  • Squick: Some parts fall very much into this.
    • Oryx's backstory, in which she was a child Sex Slave. This is not simply stated to the reader, either; instead, it takes up the better part of a chapter.
    • The effects of the Blyss Plus experiments, although some may fall into Crosses the Line Twice territory.
    • What the Painballers use Amanda for.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Lots.
  • Word of God: Atwood says that Crake AKA Glenn is based exactly on Canadian pianist Glenn Gould and has Asperger's Syndrome.