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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 27 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771008465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771008467
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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LONGLISTED 2014 – Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

“The MaddAddam trilogy is, at its heart, a love letter to literature.”
The Globe and Mail 

“[Atwood] crafts a complex plot that weaves back and forth from the past to the future, yet the narrative momentum never abates.”
National Post

"Atwood brings her cunning, impish, and bracing speculative trilogy to a gritty, stirring and resonant conclusion. . . . Atwood is ascendant, from her resilient characters to the feverishly suspenseful plot. . . . The coruscating finale is an ingenious, cautionary trilogy of hubris, fortitude, wisdom, love, and life's grand obstinacy." 
"Unpredictably chilling and hilarious. . . . The novel holds a shrewd mirror to our possible future."

“Weaving adventure, romance, imagination, wit, and incredible world-building, Atwood has created a terrifying future and a compelling end to her tale.”

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than forty books - novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. Atwood's work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye -- both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride, winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General's Award; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Governor General's Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Oryx and Crake, a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Orange Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent books of fiction are Moral Disorder, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson. Visit

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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 30 2013
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First, I have to admit that Margaret Atwood was a name that I was familiar with as a Canadian, but not as a reader. I bought this book because I have an interest in post-apocalyptic fiction (most often with zombies involved) and decided to take a chance and see if one of Canada's most famous current authors was really worth the fuss. I mention this to put my review in context. I also hadn't read the first two books in the trilogy as I heard this book had an introduction that made that unnecessary. So this really was pretty close to a blind review in terms of the author and this series. The outcome? I was not disappointed in the least!

This is a really interesting book. It has enough sci-fi and futuristic elements to capture one's attention as she narrates the story of humanity's dark future (mostly plausible technocratic society set in the not-too distant future). It also has plenty of moralizing, as the chief downfall of humanity is decadence, hubris, and greed (an old Roman Empire throwback), and the chief weapon is our oldest enemies- biology (Nature benefits most of all in this book). It has an interesting plot, that's prefaced by an introduction that makes knowledge of the earlier books unnecessary. Given that first book in the trilogy is almost a decade old, this also serves as a useful reminder for past readers of the trilogy. Finally, and most importantly, it's just plain good writing. Atwood is worth the fuss.

So what is the book about? The previous two books in the series are parallel views of a period of time, told from different perspectives. This book picks up where they both leave off, weaving the two into a coherent story.
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By Gary Fuhrman TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 2 2013
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This book begins with a four-page summary of what happened in the first two novels of the trilogy, "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood". But it's those who have read those two that will be most deeply affected by "MaddAddam", because it is the crown of the trilogy in every way, and the whole trilogy is a unified masterpiece. I'll aim this review mostly at those who are more or less familiar with the first two books.

First, it's all about characters whose lives you care about. Most of this book comes to us through Toby's point of view, but the bulk of the back-story this time is the life of Zeb as told to Toby. His voice makes the Atwoodian satire sharper than ever -- it's a devastating critique of our culture and the corporate-political nightmare it's turning into. Yet it's never preachy -- indeed some of Atwood's deepest barbs are saved for preachers. Nor are the various counter-cultures spared some laughs at their expense. Those familiar with some of the leading spiritual/scientific lights of our time (e.g. Vandana Shiva, Jane Goodall) will be both amused and gratified to see them elevated to the status of saints by the remnants of God's Gardeners. Much of the satire here comes through wordplay, and Atwood's deadpan delivery makes it all the more hilarious.

Besides, the storytelling here is compelling -- both Zeb's retrospective story and the narrative that begins where The Year of the Flood left off. As in every great novel, there are some unexpected turns toward the end which nevertheless make perfect sense in the context of everything that's gone before, even as they throw new light on that context. But I won't indulge in any spoilers here.

But it's not *only* a ripping good yarn.
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2013
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Wonderful! All the characters from the first two books come together in this final book of the trilogy which moves the plot forward showing us the present situation of the world and how the remaining humans and the genetically altered humans and animals are existing together. The second book, The Year of the Flood, is the weakest in the trilogy but I very much enjoyed those characters' return in this story. They were familiar faces and their characters were wonderfully developed in this book. It was also fantastic to finally get to know the "Crakers" so well, and a very important character develops from that group. Tension comes from the threat of three Painballers, gladiator-type survivors from a fight-to-the-death reality show, pre-Apocalypse. I was pleased to find no heavy emphasis on the eco-nonsense here and found Atwood's vision of her post-apocalyptic world quite plausible. I always enjoy Atwood's writing whether I'm thrilled with her books or not and this one is a page-turner that kept me glued to the book. I still think Oryx and Crake is the best of the trilogy, but this is a satisfying conclusion to the story.
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It seemed to me that the author tired after the first two, and we keep going 'round and 'round with the same characters - breaking it up with different points of view was an excellent idea as otherwise the material would bore you to tears. Too many coincidences make the story unbelievable: but then it's not supposed to be, it's a confirmation of a certain point of view.

From a scientific point of view it is not particularly unbelievable, unless you are a bit paranoid and like to reinforce that.

I think Margaret owes Melvin Burgess an apology for the pigoons, since he basically came up with them fifteen years ago in a much better - but strangely similar - book called Bloodtide. There is some really good science fiction writing being done in Britain again the past couple of decades, from television to novels.

I will put this one beside Brave New World rather than 1984 - interesting read, but as a post-apocalyptic cautionary tale not too informative. Margaret has a good nose for marketing and A Handmaid's Tale also capitalizes on the anti-Reagan mentality and the news of the day such as the Baby M case and the whole range of attitudes that arise in a society that begins to destroy family culture and 'old-fashion' ideas like marriage and fidelity.

It seem to me that a more prescient look at the future would have to do with what finally happens when loyalty to each other is replaced with loyalty to a cause because we have destroyed the old social structures. When I look around the world at the governments and corporations that Margaret would have us fear, I see them in lockstep with many of the ideal she encourages us to embrace: there is an enormous investment into the fear around environmental disaster and some very wealthy individuals ready to take advantage. I think the Province of Ontario could testify just a little bit to how that works.
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