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MaddAddam [Hardcover]

Margaret Atwood
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Aug. 27 2013

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, which is being fortified against man and giant Pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. While their reluctant prophet, Jimmy -- Crake's one-time friend -- recovers from a debilitating fever, it's left to Toby to narrate the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.
     Meanwhile, Zeb searches 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. Now, under threat of an imminent Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters.
     At the centre, is the extraordinary story of Zeb's past, which involves a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.
    Combining adventure, humour, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination that is at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood, and a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.


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Praise for The Year of the Flood:
 • "We are transported to a world that is part Hieronymous Bosch, part A Clockwork Orange. . . . A gripping and visceral book." -- New York Times
 • "A work of fearless imagination. . . . We are in the grip of a storyteller who drives us on to fresh understanding... Mordant humour and tenderness combine." -- Globe and Mail
 • "The novel shows the Nobel Prize-worthy Margaret Atwood at the pinnacle of her prodigious creative powers." -- Elle magazine

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 www.margaretatwood.ca.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted post-apocalyptic story finale Aug. 30 2013
By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece Sept. 2 2013
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Conclusion Oct. 7 2013
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Our Hopes and Fears Another Truth Exists July 23 2014
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Spoiler Alert (sort of)

"MaddAddam" is not a stand alone book. It's the third in a trilogy along with "Oryx and Crake" and "The Year of the Flood." If you haven't read the first two, this book is not likely to hold much appeal.

The storyline in the first two books happens concurrently and they don't necessarily need to be read in order. The timing of "MaddAddam" starts where the other two end and the specific storyline pickups right where the "Year of the Flood" left off.

While we're up to date on the timeline, this book is mostly a prequel -- filing in details of Zeb during his time before the Flood (the time of 'chaos'). Little is known about Zeb from the previous two books. He is a classic hero-anti-hero archetype -- smart, resourceful, the go-to-guy, the protector. And in this book we find out he was wealthy. Not wealthy from from industrial inventiveness as in Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark. The new way. Hacker wealth. Digital rip-off. Zeb's only target -- a sleazeball, evangelical, murdering father (maybe his father).

The backstory of Zeb's escapades and that of his brother (not brother), Adam, takes place in a not so distant future. While Atwood's description and branding of that future are well written, I did not find it particularly interesting. Just step outside, surf the Internet, suspend your cultural indoctrination. It's already out there. Happening in plain sight. If you're willing to look.

Rather than push a post apocalyptic story further along, Atwood cleverly goes for something far more luminous than that. The MaddAddam trilogy comes full circle. The end is the beginning and the beginning is the end. What?

Crakes are a post-Flood, trans-human, newly developed bio-species.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You need to read the first two books first.
A suitable conclusion to the trilogy. I am glad I had previously read the first two. A lot of narrative is spent explaining past history, but you need the first book(s) to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by JEK
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing
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Published 26 days ago by sesaphim
5.0 out of 5 stars A very suitable conclusion
It's somber, light hearted at times, and a thing that requires introspection of the human condition and the role of humans in the environment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathon Lynn Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read the first two books.
Loved it but I think you would be lost if you haven't read Margaret Atwood's two other books. Well written.
Published 3 months ago by Robin Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected.
I know Atwood is an amazing writer and I suppose hard core fans would find this book excellent. Overall I thought it was good, not great, but that's just me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elle Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitting End to the MaddAddam Trilogy
MaddAddam starts where Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood ended. It tells the story of the survivors of the pandemic, and flashbacks shed some light on Zeb’s enigmatic... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cecile Sune
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read
This complex book creates a picture of hope in a world that seems to be sliding in the direction Atwood is describing.
Published 6 months ago by Brad
4.0 out of 5 stars Her best work
I've published on Atwood, of whom I'm not necessarily a huge fan, but this is a fine conclusion to her trilogy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Squeekybooty
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddaddam
It's Atwood...what more to say. This was a great trilogy which I thoroughly enjoyed
and it was difficult to put down.
Published 7 months ago by Cindy Brooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Madd Adam by Margaret Atwood was a great book
I loved this book and so far anything she writes. Exciting, and she incorporates the world we live in into all her books, which I truly enjoy.
Published 8 months ago by Susan Huey
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