A Novel

Atwood, Margaret

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"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.

Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,, [2013]
Edition: First United States Edition.
ISBN: 0385538421
Characteristics: xvi, 394 pages ;,25 cm


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Aug 25, 2014
  • Ailiene rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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

May 11, 2014
  • Yuletide rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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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