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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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    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Swad 01-31-14
    Swad 01-31-14

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-11-15
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    "The Oryx and Crake trilogy."

    Absolutely one of the best stories ever. Thank you to Margaret Atwood. Each book better than the one before.

    2 of 2 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 2008
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 10-03-13
    Patricia 10-03-13
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    "Interminable; tarnishes first 2 books' brilliance"

    I devoured Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, fascinated with their brilliant and prescient creation of a dystopia in the near future. I was greatly looking forward to MaddAddam but was sorely disappointed in every way. The plot just ran out of steam, dragging on interminably about characters' prior lives. It also started to pile up a massive amount of gratuitous violence, repetitive and pointless. I also did not like the two main narrators. They both sounded like very annoying voiceover artists; they probably ARE voiceover artists. The woman reading the part of Toby sounded like one of those treacly female voiceovers in a laundry detergent commercial. The man reading the part of Zeb sounded like the growly, deep male voiceover in a futuristic action movie starring Bruce Willis: "In a world . . . Where humanity faces extinction . . . One man . . . Can save them . . .". That got really hard to take after five minutes or so. My recommendation is if you are hooked by the first two books in the series, check this third book out of the library, or sit and glance through it at Barnes & Noble without buying it. You can speed read the plot to see what happens, whereas with an audiobook you are forced to sit through it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Deerinck San Diego, CA 11-03-13
    C. Deerinck San Diego, CA 11-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Happily Suprised"
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    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.

    7 of 9 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 2014

    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.


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    Eric 08-18-15
    Eric 08-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A disappointing sequel"

    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.

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    Stork 08-06-15
    Stork 08-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely"

    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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    Jeremy R. Snyder 07-19-15

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    "A wonderful conclusion to a good, strange journey"

    The final part of Atwood's post-post-apocalyptic trilogy is engaging, amusing, touching, and overall highly satisfying. This volume not only manages to do well in its own right, but shines fresh light on the preceding parts of the series and weaves the three together in a full tapestry.

    The readers do a fine job. Bernadette Dunn is always a pleasure to listen to and the other readers provide surprising depth to the story.

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