Maddaddam

by Margaret Atwood

McClelland & Stewart | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover

Maddaddam is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.52 × 6.61 × 1.25 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008465

ISBN - 13: 9780771008467

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maddaddam What a wonderful book. The whole series makes one question what are we doing to the planet and people and animals. She takes issues wee have today and pushess them to the inth degree. Amazingly astute.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 character. I enjoyed learning more about Zeb’s past, but the narrative for the post-apocalyptic story was slow going. It’s not until the last 50 pages or so that we got some action, and it seemed rushed and incomplete. However, I was blown away by the ending that revealed a possibility that I might not have otherwise thought of. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as compelling as the others I can't believe I'm giving *any* Margaret Atwood book an average rating, but MaddAddam just didn't do it for me. Too much built up anticipation? The scenario was still fascinating and there are a lot of great moments in this one -- but, overall, I felt the story was dragged down by too much story-telling by Toby to the Crakers. I wanted to skip whole chapters.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great end to a timely series 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. She is still very pragmatic. Finding solutions when there doesn’t appear to be any, taking over Jimmy’s role of storyteller for the Crakers. And she’s a bit older now, she’s more reflective and aware of how much she is learned from all the different experiences life has thrown at her up until this point. I have a lot of respect for her character. That being said I wish she wasn’t so wrapped up in Zeb. She spent so much time being concerned about whether or not he was cheating on her. It’s not that it’s unrealistic but a) human kind if literally falling apart around them, b) they could have a simple conversation and deal with it and c) it didn’t fit with my memory of Toby from Year of the Flood. I liked Zeb, I liked him a lot, but I would have liked Toby to be less dependent on him. When it comes right down to it the MaddAddam trilogy is brilliant. This final installment blends many of the themes from the first two books together. It examines the environment, and how we interact with it – both now and it that version of the future. It looks at consumerism and counter culture. And perhaps most interesting it looks at religion. How they are formed – from the Church of PetrOleum, to the Crakers, to science itself – and it examines how those religions interact with society, both in positive and negative ways. MaddAddam entertains you as casual reader but like many of her novels, it also challenges you, as a member of society to think of the issues that confront us and how you are implicated within them. I’m sad to see this series end, but it has been an incredible ride. It is no wonder that Atwood continues to be my favourite author, even after all these years.
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Finale to the Epic MaddAddam Dystopic Trilogy I did not love this book as much as Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, but it was still well done and tied it all together. MaddAddam picks right up at the end of Year of the Flood. We learn more about the Crakers, who are not turning out exactly the way Crake envisioned. They are worshipping him and Oryx as almost Gods and learning to write, thanks to the influence of those who survived the Waterless Flood, namely Toby. MaddAddam focuses on Zeb's story and the story of Adam One, the leader and founder of God's Gardeners. I feel like to say too much would give it all away, but we're left with hope for the future, a better future than the one that was wiped away. A decent conclusion to a fabulous trilogy.
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so much in one book The end of Atwood's trilogy is amazing in its vision. The author uses her vast talent to write us a scary, humourous, possible glimpse of our world after we've destroyed it. No preaching, just a great story, with characters both heroic and ordinary. I haven't been a lifelong Atwood fan, but these three books are among my favourites from all genres. Canadian books to cheer for! Enjoy.
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated out of 5 by from Why isn't Chapters showing the number of pages anymore?? :(
Date published: 2013-04-23

– More About This Product –

Maddaddam

by Margaret Atwood

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.52 × 6.61 × 1.25 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771008465

ISBN - 13: 9780771008467

From the Publisher

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

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." 
—Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)
 
"Unpredictably chilling and hilarious. . . . The novel holds a shrewd mirror to our possible future."
—Bookseller 

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