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
"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 believe she was going for the humor, I hated that she made Toby such a ninny.
Excellent finish to the series. I like that the ending is hopeful but not idealistic. As always, the characters are rich and nicely intertwined. I especially like the development of new Gods and that their story doesn't stick to the truth out of convenience. It is difficult to destroy innocence even with the truth.
yes, especially if you've read either of the first 2 books.
It's a wrap up of the 1st two books in the series which start close to current time and end in another post-apocalyptic world. If you enjoy those types of stories this is a good one. Some of the concepts first seemed a bit too simplistic, especially some of the creature names, but when you consider the intelligence and awareness of the average population, it becomes all too easy to accept. My only real problem is that the scope of the book seems a bit too local.
loved it. great narration. "review requires at least 20 words". uuummmm....I'm an Atwood fan and the series is one of her best.
After listening to the first 2, which were much more intimate, this was a little too melodramatic, in terms of all of the voices and accents involved.
Amanda & Wren are pregnant...by the Crakers?! After a minor scuffle over their scent? These people don't rape! They give flowers and copulate if CHOSEN. What the hell, MA? The worst case of revisionist history in a trilogy I have ever read. Very disappointing and amateurish. Boo. Just, boo.
I liked hearing more about Toby and Zeb but it ended so poorly. I feel like she couldn't figure out where to go and just gave up on the story...so many hours of listening invested...this plot contained way too many coincidences and was ultimately anticlimactic. Very disappointing.
Anyone who negatively reviewed this series, especially this book, is soulless.
I'll spare my opinion of the first two books, but I will say that this one was a perfect ending and summary.
devastatingly well built and written.
I became painfully invested in all the characters and loved that she fit everything together from the first two books.
Honestly. just read this. it's a bit slow at some points but includes necessary details imo.
I really enjoyed the trilogy. each of the books was different, and there were some repetitive parts in this one where it was obvious that Atwood was retelling details from the first two books. The story was really good, though, and very thought-provoking.
While I enjoyed oryx and crake, as well as the year of the flood, I found the last book of the trilogy disappointing. We learn little new about the dystopian world that Margaret Atwood described in the first two books. I found the retelling of parts of the story in children's words to the Crakers irritating. The readers have done their best to infuse the story with meaning, but I found the story fundamentally not very interesting.
Very enjoyable as was the whole trilogy. Only qualm was the persistence of the author to describe Toby's jealous thoughts. This part of the story was beaten to death and a little over done. Still s great listen. Also no cheesy songs this time so that's great.
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