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MaddAddam: A Novel | [Margaret Atwood]

MaddAddam: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2014

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Tery Chicago, IL, United States 09-16-13
    Tery Chicago, IL, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2001

    Perfectly imperfect.

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    "dystopian heaven"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character interactions. Toby comes into her own and is a heart wrenching delight whenever she's obliged to tell stories to the Crackers.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being able to verbalise and add emotive depth to a book that requires great specificity.


    Who was the most memorable character of MaddAddam and why?

    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 03-24-14
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2005
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    "weakest of the trilogy"

    i'm sorry but for me there is little or nothing salvageable from this one. I had high hopes being Atwood, a writer I have respect for, but unfortunately she is rehashing ground already rehashed to an extent in 2nd one Year of the Flood. Had this novel not gone backwards yet again with the Zeb backstory in detail it may have been better. I had hoped that she was going to go on after the events that ended Flood/Oryx and present the world she created in the next stages. Alas, no. I would much rather she had channeled her efforts toward something unrelated and given us another classic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Escondido, CA, USA 11-03-13
    Chuck Escondido, CA, USA 11-03-13 Member Since 2004

    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.

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    "Happily Suprised"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Swad Los Angeles 01-31-14
    Swad Los Angeles 01-31-14 Member Since 2006

    swadmeister

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    "A Fine Finish"
    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the first two, this will be no disappointment. Lots of new viewpoints, questions answered, loose-ends tied, and completion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erika KLAMATH FALLS, OR, United States 12-27-13
    Erika KLAMATH FALLS, OR, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Voracious reader. That is all.

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    "Loved and Hated"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Was MaddAddam worth the listening time?

    Yes. I could never have NOT read the third in this series. Oryx and Crake had such an impact on me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 09-13-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not as good as O&C or The Flood"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    The narrators were good. I would listen to them again.


    Do you think MaddAddam needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it was a fitting end to the O & C series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Caldwell Portland, Oregon 05-16-14
    S. Caldwell Portland, Oregon 05-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ugg - what a waste of time...."
    What disappointed you about MaddAddam?

    I should have known better - I haven't liked a single Margaret Atwood book, but others seem to really like her so I give her a chance every so often. I think I'll stop beating the dead horse and commit to remaining Margaret Atwood-free for the duration of my existence.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor 05-13-14
    Trevor 05-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A good continuation of The Year of the Flood"
    What did you love best about MaddAddam?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of MaddAddam and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada 03-09-14
    Linda Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada 03-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Answers Revealed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this book to complete the trilogy. Is there hope for mankind; possibly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of MaddAddam?

    Toby's knowledge of Zeb's survival and ability to accept Zeb and herself together finally and openly. The Craker, Blackbeard's growth into his role in the greater community was both amusing and encouraging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of Fuck was both entertaining and believable on some level. I will view this phrase in a much different way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The pigoons and their request/bargain with the others to resolve the problem of the painballers offered hope for the future as two species at odds unite to overcome.


    Any additional comments?

    To have all three novels on Audible would be ideal. A very enjoyable and prophetic read. Perhaps one we should pay attention to as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lexington, KY 10-30-13
    Amazon Customer Lexington, KY 10-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I spend a large amount of my income on books. I mean, a lot. Seriously. It's a problem.

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    "So Good!"
    If you could sum up MaddAddam in three words, what would they be?

    Haunted but Hopeful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toby is my favorite character, followed closely by Blackbeard.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life finds a way...


    Any additional comments?

    This was the final installment of an excellent trilogy. The narrator highlighted the storyline and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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