A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Bringing together characters from Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy confirms the ultimate endurance of humanity, community, and love. Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, which is being fortified against man and giant Pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasihuman species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. While their reluctant prophet, Jimmy--Crake's one-time friend--recovers from a debilitating fever, it's left to Toby to narrate the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb. Meanwhile, Zeb searches for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. Now, under threat of an imminent Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center is the extraordinary story of Zeb's past, which involves a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge. Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination that is at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood, and a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy"--
Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,, [2013]
Edition: First United States Edition.
ISBN: 9780385528788
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Atwood Margaret 08/2013
Characteristics: xvi, 394 pages ;,25 cm


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flightofabluebird Dec 12, 2020

I read (and listened to the audios) this trilogy back to back to back and LOVED it. I hadn't read any Margaret Atwood and now I'm hooked. All of the characters are well developed and experiencing the story through so many perspectives was really cool, especially when you can make connections as you go. When I was nearing the end I was nervous the conclusion would be terribly sad, but it's finished really beautifully.

Jun 01, 2019

On my first reading of this trilogy, I read the books as they were published, which means years apart. This time I read them in sequence and found so many more interconnections and reveals that span more than one book than I did the first time. Reading this trilogy as a single, long novel is much more satisfying than reading each book individually with time in between.

Maddaddam is a heartwarming and humorous ending to this trilogy. The Flood is over, the survivors can live again. This is portrayed, I think, in the humor that comes through. It shows a relaxing of fears and worries.
The backstories bring a lot of intent and detail into the trilogy. We learn more about the Compounds, Glenn/Crake, Pilar, Zeb. Their stories intertwine and connect in interesting ways.
The Crakers…...I enjoyed seeing them learn, puzzle things out and find their way, while staying true to the traits that Crake gave them.

Oct 30, 2018

Book 3 of trilogy.

Sep 02, 2018

(Regarding all three books). Having devoured this entire trilogy this summer, I must say that it is almost life-changing. Atwood's vision of the near future is frighteningly believable; her creation of new beings and products can be laugh-aloud funny; her characters are well-developed people whom I could relate to and root for and worry about. These books and this author do what creative work is meant to do: provoke thought, discussion, and, generally a response. Highly recommended.

Jul 08, 2018

excellent. obviously

Nov 24, 2015

A hopeful conclusion to one of my favourite series. Atwood is a Canadian treasure.

Aug 25, 2014

I read the first two of the series but could not get into this one. Could not finish it.

jamilad Aug 18, 2014

Interesting, but not as good as the previous two books in the trilogy. Personally found Zeb's story throughout the book more captivating then the rest of the storyline.

hermans May 13, 2014

Typical Atwood. Weird, very well written and engaging. Cannot figure out if it is a novel about a future dystopia or a documentary about today.

May 11, 2014

I was shocked to read the second book and LOVED it. Didn't find out until this book that it was the 2nd in the series. Very confusing names and NO WHERE did they tell you which book was first so it was a guess on my part. I really liked finding out all the endings to the beginnings of the story in the Year of the Flood. I thought it was really well done. Can't wait to read the first one!

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