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A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda ...more
Hardcover, Deckle Edge, 394 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Nan A. Talese (first published January 1st 2013)
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Cecily It depends how much you liked this. I think it was by far the weakest of the three (the other two were excellent) and adds little to them. However, if…moreIt depends how much you liked this. I think it was by far the weakest of the three (the other two were excellent) and adds little to them. However, if you enjoyed this, I daresay you'll like two other angles on the same story.

The narrative structure and style is different: Oryx &Crake alternates between two timelines (surviving in the "present" post-Chaos world versus events leading up to the "waterless flood") and Year of the Flood has conventional passages interspersed with short but regular quasi-religious ones. MaddAddam combines both. (less)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Oh, dear. Okay. It's only fair that I say something about this novel since karen was kindly enough to gift me the ARC so I could read it before it came out, but you should know that a large part of me doesn't even want to discuss this because like you, I went to grade school and had it drilled in my head that if you can't think of something nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all. I have of course strayed wildly from that path as a grownup-ish humanoid, but this is Margaret Atwood we're t ...more
Moira Russell
Yeah, that was also fantastic. I cried buckets at the end. Jesus.

O&C is the male story -- all sex and longing, invention and death (look, I'm just telling you what I see). Flood is like the women's side -- lots more better women characters, but also lots of sexual violence. Friendship, salvation, vulnerability, hedgewitchery.

(And lots of hot pink. Trust me, it works.)

But MaddAddam is more like -- the male story again, but the woman observing and commenting on it, and it's entwined with her o
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Daniel Kukwa
At first, I was disappointed. Where were the epic final confrontations? Where was the catharsis, after two novels of terrifying, complex build-up? A third of the way through, it hit me: none of that actually matters to the novel. The entire "final battle" is almost an afterthought, compared to the main themes of hope rising from the ashes, the power of love & loyalty, and the fact that human civilization adapts...spitting proudly in the eye of dystopia. This is a story about "telling" the st ...more
Oriana
before reading: May I tell you about my borderline-psychotic quest to score an advance proof of this book?

It involved contacting literally every single person on GR who had reviewed this pre-publication, in order to prostrate myself and beg them to loan me their copy. Of those who dignified my crazy request with a response, a few had been given advance editions on the promise of never sharing them, and the rest had read it in e-galleys, which fuck that. And anyway, those like disappear as soon a
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Jen K.
I wish I hadn't been so disappointed in this book. Why was I so disappointed in this book? I finished it Saturday night and haven't really been able to gather the brain power to assign any words to this. Yesterday I read though some of the reviews and found many of the things that bothered me articulated much more clearly by other reviewers here:

Badass Toby became lovesick high school girl Toby, whose entire identity seems to grow from her love interest. WTF feminist writer Margaret Atwood?

Jimmy
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Emily
I have never been this unimpressed with a Margaret Atwood novel. MaddAddam is a tedious slog through the events of Oryx and Crake - again. While this technique worked incredibly well in The Year of the Flood, providing context for much of the events and letting the female characters flip Jimmy's story on its head, MaddAddam totally fails to provide anything new or interesting in its backstory.

You might think that, now that all of the characters have met up after the end of the world, there woul
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Michael
I delighted in this “Back to the Future” visit to the post-apocalyptic world populated a few human survivors of a man-made plague. In essence, the first in the series, “Oryx and Crake”, focused on the motive and method by which Crake caused the plague and led the creation of a genetically modified form of human, who like bonobos are dedicated to making love not war and can live by grazing kudzu. “The Year of the Flood” focused on the aftermath of the plague and the survival efforts of an eco-cul ...more
Cecily
Why?

I read this because I enjoy Atwood's varied writing, I like reading dystopian and speculative fiction, and the the preceding two books in this trilogy were excellent, in different ways.

#1 Oryx and Crake reviewed here 4*: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
#2 Year of the Flood reviewed here 4*: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
#3 MaddAddam only 2*.

I read each within a year or so of publication and didn't know it was planned as a trilogy until I finished the second. The first work
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
"There's the story, then there's the real story, then there's the story of how the story came to be told. Then there's what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too."

Preach, Mother Atwood. This past week has had me reimmersed into the MaddAddam trilogy, starting with a fifth re-read of Oryx and Crake since we discussed it for an SFF Audio podcast. (That was a great discussion, by the way. It answered some questions that I've had for years. Years!)

When you read all the books of
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Ted
This is the story of a book. The book is called MaddAddam.

The book completes the story (in three books) of the making of the Great Emptiness in the world that we two-skins (clothes being our second skin) live in, the world of the twenty-first century. And how this world developed in the decades ahead of where we are now. (I have warned you that we are called two-skins in the story, at least by the new inhabitants of earth, but I will just call us people sometimes.)

That story of the world develop
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Regina
Really great conclusion to an amazing trilogy. Atwood is a goddess of literature.

Ten years after the release of the first book in the Maddaddam trilogy (Oryx and Crake) and four years after the release of the second book in the trilogy (Year of the Flood), Margaret Atwood releases the final book in her apocalyptic/post-apocalypse series – Maddaddam. When Atwood first released Oryx and Crake, the post-apocalypse wasn’t as fun and romanticized as it is right now – hard to imagine I know but ….: th
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Rebecca
I seem to be in the minority here, but I...very much did not love this. I mean, a disappointing Margaret Atwood book is still better than most other things published, but this was not at all the conclusion to the series I was hoping for.

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Gary  the Bookworm
MaddAddam is the final installment in what has come to be known as the MaddAddam Trilogy. Margaret Atwood refers to it as a piece of speculative fiction because "...it does not include any technologies or biobeings that do not already exist, are under construction, or are not possible in theory." It can be read and admired on its own terms, but a reader unfamiliar with her earlier works, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, would be wise to at least read their Wikipedia entries before readi ...more
Random House of Canada
A satisfying end to a fantastic series. I'm not sure how much to say about this book. If you haven't read the first two set in this world, go start them! If you've read them, try to wait patiently for this final book.

It's funny, terrifying, witty, heartbreaking, and hopeful. It's a great new Margaret Atwood novel.

~Ainsley
Melissa
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Madeline
“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. …And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. …And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou ...more
Hadrian
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Lynn
It's impossible to recommend this book without recommending the entire trilogy, which I do with enthusiasm. Not many of my friends are interested in dystopian literature and I understand that -- you really have to dig to find the best of the genre. However, as the author has pointed out, everything in the series is plausible as an extension of things that already exist in our world today -- gene splicing, technology, mind and body altering techniques, surveillance et al. But what makes it all so ...more
Cynthia
Before I read this book I read or reread “Oryx and Crake” and “The Year of the Flood”. If I hadn’t I don’t know that I’d have understood or been as interested in “MaddAdam”. It’s not a stand alone book in my opinion. I thought the trilogy overall was good though I’d rate “Oryx” three stars and “Flood” as five stars. “MaddAdam” had some great parts and some slow parts, mostly the sections where Atwood ‘told’ rather than showed the action. The parts concerning the storytelling to the Crakers espec ...more
Mag
An interesting foray into the nature of religion, myth making, genetic revolution and the ideas of the Noble Savage. Communing with nature and depths of one’s consciousness included. I enjoyed this part very much, probably more than the other two. It's intelligent, funny and poignant in places. Granted, you have to suspend belief, but it’s the same way you have to suspend belief when reading Murakami’s 1Q84.
Teresa
3 and 1/2 stars

If I gave Oryx and Crake 4 stars and The Year of the Flood 3, then I must give this one 3 and 1/2. The atmosphere from the first is here, but since it's not new (and I realize it can't be), I didn't find any surprises in this one as I did with the first. On the positive side, I didn't find it boring, as I did with parts of the second, and Atwood's humor is in full force, even more so than with the first two.

The issues I have stem mostly from the narration, I think. I liked Toby's
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Jennifer (aka EM)
Four stars for now as a place-holder, as that was my rating for the other two (for some strange reason). The trilogy overall, though, is an absolute five. A stunning vision; exceptional execution; provocative themes about greed and ethics, environmental degradation, out-of-control technology ... and maybe a shred of optimism for humanity, such as it is or will be [I'm hoping that someone is working on the Crakers in a lab somewhere]. An upvote for resilience and hope, at least in the short term. ...more
Katie
After finishing this book, I read both the good and bad reviews to help sort out my own thinking on Margaret Atwood's conclusion to the 'Oryx and Crake' trilogy. There is truth in the bad reviews. If I was expecting the deep and complicated world of 'Oryx and Crake' or the 'Year of the Flood' to continue in this novel, I would be disappointed. If I wanted to continue getting to know the previous main characters (Jimmy, Ren, Amanda or Toby), I would be sad how one dimensional or not at all presen ...more
Brid-Aine
Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy has asked us to ignore some pretty blatant coincidences in its effort to extend from a first standalone novel to an ongoing series, the most onerous of which is to believe that quite a lot of people who all knew each other managed to survive an apocalypse and then run into each other after. Characters may have been far-flung, estranged or just plain unlikely to survive, but regardless, they manage to evade a human-race-threatening event and also find each othe ...more
jo
this is about the entire trilogy, not just this book.

this trilogy is unwaveringly fantastic. there is no point in any of the three books when i thought, eh, that could have been done better. so if you know the story you know the story and if you don't you can go find it somewhere (it's easy!), but here are the things i loved about this endeavor:

1. language means a lot. when jimmy is alone, language comes to him unbidden. words. strange words. beautiful words. words that sound the same as each
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Jason
5 Stars

Let me say this sucks!!!! I probably won’t read a better book that I enjoy more than this, this upcoming year. What a way to start 2014. Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood is an incredible finish to her dystopian trilogy. To say that I loved it would be an understatement.

This is a book and a series to read for the quality of the writing. The imagination of the story. The depth of the characters. The amazing world building. This should be read because it is simply an incredible ride.

For those
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Jeff
MaddAddam was a dismal end to the MaddAddam trilogy - a very disappointing book by a very distinguished writer. Oryx and Crake was a wonderful book: a story of sweeping scope, lyrically written and character that were unforgettable. Year of the Flood drove the story to new levels, gave depth to the parable and, again, created some wonderful characters (Zeb, Toby and Adam) to join Oryx, Crake and Jimmy from the Crake book.

MaddAddam does nothing to extend the story; the characters are drab, lifele
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Erica
I can't do it.

I made it three chapters in and it was grating on every nerve I own.
I'm going to pretend that this book ends with AdamOne becoming the revered leader of the innocent-yet-irritating Crakers and they all move to Nebraska and have a large farming commune where there is no bending the blue people to the will of society that came before. That would be a happy ending, indeed.
I don't care about Toby and her desperweirdo desire for Zeb. I don't care about W/ren or Amanda or Snowman-the-Jim
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Heather
I loved both Oryx and Crake and Year of the Flood and I'm a big fan of Atwood in general so I had high expectations for the third and final instalment of the MaddAddam trilogy; Maddaddam. I was not let down. This book rounded off the trilogy perfectly. I love how the story developed and gave the reader a good understanding of the back story and the characters motivations.
The ending was very sad but I love how Atwood developed the Crakers and you began to see how the two groups would end up inte
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Cat
I've finished it!!! It has been so difficult find time to read lately, that I thought I would never finish this book.

You see, two weeks ago I moved out of my parents' house to live on my own, and the whole process of buying furniture and domestic appliances, plus moving out, plus having a house to take care of now (oh, the perks of being independent...), and let's not forget about having a full-time job Monday to Friday, has left me with very little time to read. So, it takes me more than a mont
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

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