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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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    Heidi J. Moyer 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible"

    This book was horrible, such a disappointment after the first two books. Narrators were distracting and the man read every sentence like a bullet point.

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    Herr Sids Queens, NY 04-26-15
    Herr Sids Queens, NY 04-26-15 Member Since 2011

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    "The best of the three novels in the series."

    Narration was great, storey tied everything together and was very entertaining. Highly recommended.

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    Neil 02-27-15
    Neil 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read!"

    Great book. I loved how it ties together all the characters from the two previous books. It might be my favourite of the three.

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    E. 02-09-15
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    "Love these characters"

    Explores the possibilities created in the first two novels of the series. Stories and stories within stories provide the narrative.
    Circle of life/ regeneration are the themes .

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    Lauren Levine Long Beach, CA 01-28-15
    Lauren Levine Long Beach, CA 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"

    This felt like all the director's cut materials from the previous 2 books shoved into a third. The story was mildly interesting, but I was mostly waiting for it to be over. It was the epitome of a trilogy burnout. Disappointing :(

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    Alcide 01-26-15
    Alcide 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The subsequent novels after O and C were admittedl"

    y not as good. for me it was worth it just returning to the unreal world that Atwood created.

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    Grace 09-03-14
    Grace 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.

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    M Russ 07-15-14
    M Russ 07-15-14
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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 2 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 2015
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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.


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    Trevor 05-13-14
    Trevor 05-13-14 Member Since 2015
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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).

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