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MaddAddam Hardcover – Aug 27 2013

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Product Details

  • 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 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 50 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 100 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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Despite the fact that I am a rabid Margaret Atwood fan I am always nervous when I pick up her new book. Will it be as good? Will it live up to my incredibly high expectations? Will it still manage to be that combination of humorous, dark and insightful that I’ve grown to love so much?

Thankfully MaddAddam, the final book in the MaddAddam trilogy was the perfect conclusion to a series that I have been following since 2004.

This series is so detailed. Atwood has thought of EVERYTHING. From changes in technology, food, animals, industry. She has created an entirely new world. But the truly brilliant thing is that she makes all of these elements so plausible, so lifelike, that you can truly imagine this happening to our current society. Even something as seemingly inconsequential as SecretBurgers – meat made out of unknown sources. Is that such a big leap from people blindly eating fast food burgers nowadays, not really giving much thought to what’s actually in them? The world of the MaddAddamites is terrifying and dangerous and crazy yet at the same time completely believable

Though all three installments have had amazing characters the real stand out in this volume is Zeb. The Crakers also take quite a shining to Zeb, and Toby spends a good portion of the book relating his story to them. Which is actually the story of all of them. As it turns out Zeb has been at the center everything along with Adam One. I found him to be a really dynamic and interesting character and I loved reading about all his adventures -from working for BearLift, to being tech support, to arriving at Scales and Tails. Like the Crakers I hung on attentively to every word.

In Year of the Flood I was a really big fan of Toby but in Maddaddam she is much more complicated.
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