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MaddAddam

A Novel
Atwood, Margaret (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
MaddAddam


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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 cobb 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."--Book jacket.
Authors: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Title: MaddAddam
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,, [2013]
Edition: First United States Edition.
Characteristics: xvi, 394 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Originally published in Canada by McClelland & Stewart Ltd., Toronto.
Contents: The Maddaddam trilogy: The story so far
Egg : The story of the egg, and of Oryx and Crake, and how they made people and animals; and of the chaos; and of snowman-the-jimmy; and of the smelly bone and the coming of the two bad man
Rope : Rope ; Procession ; Poppy
Cobb House : Morning ; Breakfast ; Hammock ; Story ; Homecoming
Bearlift : The story of when Zeb was lost in the mountains, and ate the bear ; The fur trade ; Crash ; Supplies ; Bunkie ; Bigfoot ; The story of Zeb and thank you and good night
Scars : Scars ; Violet biolet ; Blink
Zeb in the dark : Zeb in the dark ; The story of the birth of Zeb ; The petrOleum brats ; Schillizzi's hands ; Mute and theft ; Deeper into the pleeblands
Snowman's progress : Floral besheet ; Girl stuff ; Snowman's progress ; Drugstore romance ; Weeding
Blacklight headlamp : The story of Zeb and Fuck ; Floating world ; The hackery ; Cold dish ; Blacklight headlamp ; Intestinal parasites, the game
Bone cave : Cursive ; Swarm ; Bone cave ; Farrow
Vector : The story of how Crake got born ; Young Crake ; Grob's attack ; Vector ; Scales and tails ; The story of Zeb and the snake women
Piglet : Guru ; Piglet ; Palaver ; Fallback ; Fortress AnooYoo
The train to Cryojeenyus : The story of the two eggs and thinking ; Shades ; Kicktail ; Raspberry mousse ; The train to CryoJeenyus ; Lumiroses ; Edencliff
Eggshell : Muster ; Sortie ; Eggshell ; The story of the battle
Moontime : Trial ; Rites ; Moontime
Book : Book ; The story of Toby.
Summary: "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 cobb 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."--Book jacket.
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ISBN: 0385538421
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Report This Mar 09, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The final chapters to this clever trilogy are emotionally uplifting. Thank you Margaret for a hopeful future. Don't read this, though, if you haven't yet read parts 1 and 2 of this series. It's charm lies mainly in the winding up and answering of questions raises earlier in the earlier books. The language is lovely. Margaret chooses words and phrasing to illuminate the character of the Crakers - childlike and wise at the same time. I was blown away by Margaret's fanciful answer to the question: Why do some cultures make eating pork taboo? I've often pondered on the reason, buried in humanity's dark past. If you've read parts 1 and 2, you have to read MaddAddam. But it falls just a little short of the wonder raised in the earlier books.

Report This Mar 08, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Madd Addam --- by Margaret Atwood. I had never (gasp!) read anything by this revered Canadian writer. Finally figuring out she wrote science fiction (that’s what it is, n’est pas? --- Iv'e been reading sci-fi for longer than I care to admit) I felt it was time I read this iconic writer. I was expecting to be entertained, enlightened, whatever. Well, this book was a whatever. Somehow, it didn't make the grade: it was decidedly off-putting. Was it the goofy names? I don’t know: it just never even made it to the fifty-page test. Sorry. No more Margaret for me. To use a word Ursula leGuinn likes to use: piffle.

Report This Feb 12, 2014
  • AureliaReads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found this the least enjoyable of the 3. It provides a wrap up of the threads from the previous 2, but was a tough slog to get through. Zeb's biography seemed like an unnecessary and very long digression. Toby's anxieties about their relationship grew tedious pretty quickly. The scenes with the Crakers, however, are delightful, wise, funny-sad. The last few chapters are magical !

Report This Jan 30, 2014
  • msmigels rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The “Madd­Addam” trilogy is epic not only for its imagined future, but for the past too. It was a pleasure to read a dystopian novel whose celebration of a possible, though uncertain future extended to the words themselves. And words were very important here in that they relayed how oral storytelling traditions led to written ones that ultimately produce a beautiful fiction; our sense of the beginning.

Report This Nov 23, 2013
  • bibliochola rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a finale! I thought it was a very satisfying wrap-up and enjoyed getting the story from Jeb's perspective. It did make me want to go back and read the trilogy all over again. Atwood's storytelling can't be beat.

Report This Oct 30, 2013
  • jrh3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you have been following the trilogy (beginning with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood) you will want to read this, if only to tie up all the loose ends. That said, I didn't find it as interesting as the previous installments, but any book by Margaret Atwood is worth your time.

Report This Oct 22, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A satisfying conclusion to a fine trilogy. You'll definitely want to read the books in order, to better understand the plot and bond with the characters. (This book does provide a synopsis of the first two, which is helpful.)

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • danomcd rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good read, although not really what I thought it would be about. The focus is really on Zeb and his story (more so then the description provided in the library). It is very interesting how it intertwins the stories of the two previous books.

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