The background stories of Zeb and Adam One are very interesting and give great insight into both characters. I found myself connected to most of the major characters after this final trilogy.
My favourite character is Jimmy from Oryx and Crake. I am admittedly still very much invested in this character, even though he is a minor character in this novel. I was a little choked that all of the main characters were not given a share of the stage, with Atwood instead focusing on the character lines developed in The Year of the Flood instead of Jimmy's from Oryx and Crake.
The resolution of the novel is delivered in a very interesting fashion. Saying much more would give it away, but it was a good change up by Atwood.
Zeb is the focus of this novel, with a large portion of the novel being spent explaining his past. His past is very interesting, but it unfortunately saps much of the momentum from the present plot of the novel.
I found this to be this novel to 'complete the circle' of the trilogy well by revealing the pasts of Zeb and Adam One (the last 'mysterious' major characters). However, I would have enjoyed more progression of the current story itself and some more love for the protagonist of the first novel. I know he had his time in the sun, but that doesn't mean that he has to be baked to a shell of his former self! (This is an absolutely selfish and biased opinion).
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who has the time to stop and define the various geological formations, challenging diction and Spanish dialogue. If not, this is a challenging text to follow at times.
The story itself is sometimes lost to the detail being provided. If you're looking for a fast paced, action packed, suspenseful novel, I would not recommend this text.
This one is a ponderous, soul wrenching, thinker!
The stunning imagery created by McCarthy floats into my head whenever I look over my own prairie landscape. He spends a lot of time and effort creating the reality of the text for the reader, crafting the mood for each scene. This imagery does, however, at times take away from the pace of the story.
The Judge is a fantastic and haunting character. Richard Poe does an excellent job with all of the dialogue in the text, but the Judge is the most memorable. This is the best read audiobook I've experienced.
The text can be quite confusing at times if you don't have knowledge of a) Spanish b) a wide range of specific geological terms c) civil war & post civil war era terminology. The overall reaction I experienced was often shock and disgust. It is a very dark story, from beginning to end. The reader can't help but let their sight flicker inwards now and again.
Very well written novel but very challenging to fully grasp as an audiobook because of its difficulty.
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