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 thoroughly enjoyed this series. It is strange and disturbing and funny and lovely all at the same time. The readers were excellent. I would recommend this to people who enjoy a post apocalyptic theme, with quite a bit of genetic science and a little fantasy to top it off.
This series started with a bang but ended in a whimper. All in all though, worth getting all three.
Let me start off with the fact that I love Margaret Atwood and maybe I just had too high expectations for this book. eventually it just felt like it was dragging on with the daily lives of the survivors (do we really need that much detail on how they miss coffee?) and their lives beforehand (more interesting but also didn't do anything for the main story)
Loved Oryx and Crake, would read it again, but this one I can't find the motivation to finish.
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.
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