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"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, quasihuman 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 center is the extraordinary story of Zeb's past, which involves a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780385528788
Branch Call Number: FICTION Atw
Description: xvi, 394 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 01, 2019

On my first reading of this trilogy, I read the books as they were published, which means years apart. This time I read them in sequence and found so many more interconnections and reveals that span more than one book than I did the first time. Reading this trilogy as a single, long novel is much more satisfying than reading each book individually with time in between.

Maddaddam is a heartwarming and humorous ending to this trilogy. The Flood is over, the survivors can live again. This is portrayed, I think, in the humor that comes through. It shows a relaxing of fears and worries.
The backstories bring a lot of intent and detail into the trilogy. We learn more about the Compounds, Glenn/Crake, Pilar, Zeb. Their stories intertwine and connect in interesting ways.
The Crakers…...I enjoyed seeing them learn, puzzle things out and find their way, while staying true to the traits that Crake gave them.

Oct 30, 2018

Book 3 of trilogy.

Sep 02, 2018

(Regarding all three books). Having devoured this entire trilogy this summer, I must say that it is almost life-changing. Atwood's vision of the near future is frighteningly believable; her creation of new beings and products can be laugh-aloud funny; her characters are well-developed people whom I could relate to and root for and worry about. These books and this author do what creative work is meant to do: provoke thought, discussion, and, generally a response. Highly recommended.

Jul 08, 2018

excellent. obviously

adasilva7 Nov 24, 2015

A hopeful conclusion to one of my favourite series. Atwood is a Canadian treasure.

Aug 25, 2014

I read the first two of the series but could not get into this one. Could not finish it.

jamilad Aug 18, 2014

Interesting, but not as good as the previous two books in the trilogy. Personally found Zeb's story throughout the book more captivating then the rest of the storyline.

hermans May 13, 2014

Typical Atwood. Weird, very well written and engaging. Cannot figure out if it is a novel about a future dystopia or a documentary about today.

May 11, 2014

I was shocked to read the second book and LOVED it. Didn't find out until this book that it was the 2nd in the series. Very confusing names and NO WHERE did they tell you which book was first so it was a guess on my part. I really liked finding out all the endings to the beginnings of the story in the Year of the Flood. I thought it was really well done. Can't wait to read the first one!

Mar 09, 2014

The final chapters to this clever trilogy are emotionally uplifting. Thank you Margaret for a hopeful future. Don't read this, though, if you haven't yet read parts 1 and 2 of this series. It's charm lies mainly in the winding up and answering of questions raises earlier in the earlier books. The language is lovely. Margaret chooses words and phrasing to illuminate the character of the Crakers - childlike and wise at the same time. I was blown away by Margaret's fanciful answer to the question: Why do some cultures make eating pork taboo? I've often pondered on the reason, buried in humanity's dark past. If you've read parts 1 and 2, you have to read MaddAddam. But it falls just a little short of the wonder raised in the earlier books.

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