Oryx and Crake makes me want to know more about this world! I liked Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake better the second time around. I remember the first time reading it thinking that the beginning dragged. I did not think that this time. Maybe I've changed as a reader. I really enjoyed reconnecting with Jimmy/Snowman, Crake and Oryx. I liked being reminded of what the Crakers were like. I liked the glimpses of Amanda and Ren (and Bernice!). I liked being reminded of what Snowman thought of the smoke and the people around it. I am more excited to read MaddAddam than I was before. It was just what I needed before diving in. I'm a little sad that I didn't give myself enough time to re-read The Year of the Flood, but I considered it a more recent read, though it was still a few year ago that I read it. I remember it pretty clearly, but maybe one day I'll re-read the entire trilogy.
I like the way time shifts through the novel. It has a fluidity, as it follows Snowman's thoughts. Jimmy's time with Oryx was intriguing, then getting to know Crake and back to Oryx. Oryx is such an enigmatic character. I'd like to know more about what she really thinks. I think the best glimpse at her inner workings comes at the end of the novel. She is so dismissive about everything that has happened to her, everything that Jimmy is outraged about; is it because she is trying to forget or it all seemed normal to her? Jimmy and Crake were also interesting in the way they developed and changed through the course of events.
I could really go on and on about how much I enjoyed my re-read of Oryx and Crake. Beyond just being immersed in an amazing story, Oryx and Crake has, for me, validated re-reading. I never used to re-read; I always thought that there were too many unread books for me to take the time to go back and read ones I already knew. Then a couple years ago, I decided I should revisit some old favourites, I had to make sure the reason they were so loved still held. Re-reading Oryx and Crake has been my best re-reading experience thus far (even better than Their Eyes Were Watching God, which I loved). I can honestly say I liked it better the second time, I feel closer to the characters and I'm ready to read the final book in the series.