Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2013
Bringing together Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of 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, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.
Zeb has been searching 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. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb's dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.
Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood - a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.
©2013 Margaret Atwood (P)2013 Random House Audio
"The final entry in Atwood’s brilliant MaddAddam trilogy roils with spectacular and furious satire.... Her vision is as affirming as it is cautionary, and the conclusion of this remarkable trilogy leaves us not with a sense of despair at mankind’s failings but with a sense of awe at humanity’s barely explored potential to evolve." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ten years after Oryx & Crake rocked readers the world over, Atwood brings her cunning, impish, and bracing speculative trilogy - following The Year of the Flood - to a gritty, stirring, and resonant conclusion.... Atwood is ascendant, from her resilient characters to the feverishly suspenseful plot involving battles, spying, cyberhacking, murder, and sexual tension.... The coruscating finale in an ingenious, cautionary trilogy of hubris, fortitude, wisdom, love, and life’s grand obstinacy." (Booklist)
I'm perfectly imperfect
Definitely. But I would caveat that with a "buy the whole series, not just this book". Not just because of context and continuity - but really because of character and situational depth. Atwood is a master of painting this rich post-apocalyptic world. Dunne adds the perfect pitch and tone to the characters voices. I love how Atwood doesn't miss details like the behavior of the genetically altered Crakers, the thoughts of each character in the ensemble, or the sub-storylines for each of them. At the same time, she doesn't pander or condescend to the readers' intellect with verbosity.
Atwood brilliantly spaced out their narratives in such a way that you're not feeling burned out by each thread nor confused when one storyline segways into another. The novel flows well, the pace is well-thought out, and the characters are strange, endearing and relate-able.
I you appreciate dystopian fiction, look no further than this icon. With the barrage of dystopian books being published as of late, they are no comparison to the standards of Atwood storytelling.
Did I mention that I'd recommend this book to ANYONE?
Character interactions. Toby comes into her own and is a heart wrenching delight whenever she's obliged to tell stories to the Crackers.
Being able to verbalise and add emotive depth to a book that requires great specificity.
Toby. Won't ruin it for anyone, but without her, you aren't able to appreciate the other characters or the humour and frustration that is readily available whenever the Crackers appear.
I have a 115 mile each-way (San Diego to Los Angeles) commute that I do 3 times a week, for over 16 years now. Audible books have not only kept me sane, but make the drive enjoyable.
I loved "Oryx and Crake", but "The Year of the Flood" was only mildly interesting. I couldn't live with listening to 2/3 of the series, so while I wasn't expecting much, I gambled on "MaddAddam". While it lacked the novelty of "Oryx and Crake", it ended up being a great listen, and wrapped up the story nicely. I'm glad I stuck with it.
I guess it is very true about the second book in a trilogy being the weakest.
Don't give up, if your on the fence.
This book was an interesting end to the Oryx and Crake series. It delves into the background of some of the minor characters from the first two books. It also diiscusses what happens with the Crakers. As such it was a good final chapter. But the story was a little slow and the main plot was not very compelling.
It would have been better if the author spent more time on the Crackers, pigoons and some of the aftermath of the Great Flood, rather than the issue with the Painballers.
The narrators were good. I would listen to them again.
I think it was a fitting end to the O & C series.
If you loved the first two, this will be no disappointment. Lots of new viewpoints, questions answered, loose-ends tied, and completion.
Voracious reader. That is all.
As much as I loved many aspects of this book, I found myself often annoyed by Toby's ruminations on her relationship with Zeb. It was like Atwood was exploring some post-middle-aged romance when I really wanted the plot to be more about the Crakers and the post-apocalyptic atmosphere they now all inhabit.
I missed the Jimmy from Oryx and Crake. Hearing his part read by the female narrator, who made him sound like a sick old lady, was extremely disappointing. He spends most of the book unconcious and then when he wakes up, his character is poorly developed. I had such high hopes for his character and in the end... well, I don't want to spoil it, but highly disappointing!
I liked the narrator who read Zeb's part the best, but Bernadette Dunne, though she is a good narrator, makes me feel like the book should be for retired women.
Yes. I could never have NOT read the third in this series. Oryx and Crake had such an impact on me.
I spend a large amount of my income on books. I mean, a lot. Seriously. It's a problem.
Haunted but Hopeful.
Toby is my favorite character, followed closely by Blackbeard.
Toby's voice is so patient, so, well, motherly. She is tired, and that is conveyed, but she's not sarcastic and she isn't apathetic. The tenderness with which she treats the "crakers" is truly heartening. I loved these parts of the book.
Life finds a way...
This was the final installment of an excellent trilogy. The narrator highlighted the storyline and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend.
Farm girl, voracious reader, lover of wine & whiskey.
Sci-fi or post apocalyptic for the literary lover.
Toby really shines in this final chapter of Atwood's trilogy. In Year of the Flood, Ren was very compelling, but she fades away into the background here. Bernadette Dunn reprises the role wonderfully.
Zeb's character and his narrator where a little bit irksome after a while. Bob Walter has a lovely rich voice, but his narration took on an annoying, rhythmic lilt that really got under my skin after a while.
As usual, the awesome intellect of Margaret Atwood is awesome in the MaddAadam Trilogy. I have listened to all of them and found myself in today's world to start and a hopeful tomorrow world that might come out of the chaos of the earth today. It is the first plus that might come out of genetic engineering in spite of the stupidity that has so far presented itself.
It is also a true tale for me personally in that I changed from a meat eater with prediabetes, obesity, and osteoarthritis such that I was needing two hips, two knees, and two ankles replaced to a raw fruitarian with the occasional cup of beans and now have normal blood sugars, normal gait with no pain and the absolute disappearance of the supposedly incurable osteoarthritis. From a size 4X at 235 lbs. to my weight now of 121 and size small, I ambulate all day with enduring energy and a normal stride. I am now experimenting with wild raw honey to see if I can regrow the entirely missing cartilage in my joints. So the future "humans" in Atwood's future are all grass eaters with careful bioengineering producing such a need. I would modify the book in only that way--i.e., grass eating requires cleared forests and cleared forests means no elimination of CO2. My future humans would be fruitarians and their sole occupation would be preparing and maintaining orchards. That is what this human does now as well as installing solar panels.
I will now research something hinted at by Atwood and wonder if there is current science on it, i.e., the curative effects a cats purring.
It was also a surprise to have pleasant music in an audiobook!
These 3 books should be required reading in every high school and college literature courses, hopefully in that literature courses are still required.
I devoured Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, fascinated with their brilliant and prescient creation of a dystopia in the near future. I was greatly looking forward to MaddAddam but was sorely disappointed in every way. The plot just ran out of steam, dragging on interminably about characters' prior lives. It also started to pile up a massive amount of gratuitous violence, repetitive and pointless. I also did not like the two main narrators. They both sounded like very annoying voiceover artists; they probably ARE voiceover artists. The woman reading the part of Toby sounded like one of those treacly female voiceovers in a laundry detergent commercial. The man reading the part of Zeb sounded like the growly, deep male voiceover in a futuristic action movie starring Bruce Willis: "In a world . . . Where humanity faces extinction . . . One man . . . Can save them . . .". That got really hard to take after five minutes or so. My recommendation is if you are hooked by the first two books in the series, check this third book out of the library, or sit and glance through it at Barnes & Noble without buying it. You can speed read the plot to see what happens, whereas with an audiobook you are forced to sit through it.
This is a brilliant work, combining gripping human survival drama with a continuation of the arch and pointed social satire of the first two novels. Atwood has a naughty and delicious sense of language. It's always an enlightening and enjoyable experience to be among her words. Her prose scintillates with humor, especially when she describes the cultural communications between the survivors of the old world and the inheritors of the new one.
The only problem I have with this novel is that we are dealing with genocide, after all, and there's only so far you can go with whimsy and romance and humor and satire in the shadow of genocide. I think the end would have read better if the pack of affectless eco-geeks left alive after the disaster showed at least a tiny bit of empathy for the billions who were eliminated in the so-called Waterless Flood. Like maybe a moment of silence for the victims, or something. That's the only place where the novel falls flat for me.
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