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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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    M Russ Austin, TX 07-15-14
    M Russ Austin, TX 07-15-14 Member Since 2001
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    ""Oh, Snowman, Oh, Tobi""
    What did you love best about MaddAddam?

    This is really for all three books as a series. I love a story that draws you into a completely different world instead of just telling you about the world. You have to live with the characters as their stories unfold. Atwood works the tempo well to bring you into this dystopian future. I am waiting for "Extinctathon" to be released


    What was one of the most memorable moments of MaddAddam?

    So many, but I do not want to give any spoilers. For me, unveiling the God's Gardeners in "The Year of the Flood" was just delightful and so fully formed as a world view.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They all did fine. For me the Crakers' use of "Oh" as part of every address to another person just rings in my mind. The music in the second book was way better than I first thought it might be. I can't imagine how the impact is achieved int he print version.


    If you could rename MaddAddam, what would you call it?

    Never Mess with Mother Nature


    Any additional comments?

    When a full world like that has been imagined, I hate that it ends. That for me is the best compliment I can offer.

    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.


    1 of 1 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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    Grace Delmar, NY, United States 09-03-14
    Grace Delmar, NY, United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling End to a Beloved Trilogy"

    I patiently waited for Margaret Atwood's final installment in the MaddAddam trilogy. It was compelling. It wrapped up the story without feeling like it was contrived, wrapped up with a bow just to get the story over. I highly recommend the entire trilogy, especially for those willing to listen to it. The various narrators are superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-14
    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-14

    i'm listening

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    "I liked it - I skipped from Oryx and Crake to this"

    I am glad I read reviews. I would have been mad to read the year of the flood and find no Snowman and no Jimmy. There isn't much of him here, but there is enough, almost. And its a good story. Maybe its not AS good. But neither is it as sad. I don't know if I will listen to the year of the flood or not. I was not as engaged with these characters as I was with Oryx and Crake cast, except for 2 that aren't in the flood at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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