I looked forward to finding out what kind of illicit tasks Zeb had been busy doing for the Gardeners during Toby's time with them. Instead, we get his whole long family saga and back story with not much there to grab onto and use to sympathize with the characters of Zeb and his brother, unless you happen to have sociopathic parents. I found myself often spacing out during these segments and having to rewind and listen to them a second time.
This final installment of the series also continues to tell the tale of the Crakers, Gardeners, and MaddAddamites after the apocalyptic events of the Waterless Flood. I really enjoyed Toby's interactions with the Crakers and the progression of Blue Beard the young Craker boy. I had hoped that Jimmy's recovery would lead him to become a bigger part of the story again, but no luck. And with no additional explanation provided, I found it rather unbelievable that (view spoiler)[all the human women gave birth to Craker hybrids rather than Amanda having been impregnated by the Painballers (hide spoiler)].
All in all, though, still an enjoyable read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Loved this belated second novel in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy. This story follows two different women on their life journeys in Atwood's moraLoved this belated second novel in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy. This story follows two different women on their life journeys in Atwood's moral-less, bio-tech crazed future and through their survival of the "waterless flood," (view spoiler)[when Crake's planted virus wipes out most of humanity in a few short days (hide spoiler)]. They both, at times, are members of the radical group called The Gardeners, eating only vegetables, living off of only what they can grow or reuse.
I liked the way the women's journeys reflected each other--(view spoiler)[their at times orphan-less states, how they each had to compromise their morals in order to survive in a rough world that valued shallow pleasures (hide spoiler)]. Yet, though their hardships were similar, their personalities and the way those hardships shaped them were so different. With Oryx and Crake not fresh in my mind, I enjoyed the mystery of wondering when and how Crake and Jimmy would make appearances in this story. I didn't even remember their names, which made my realization quite delayed but all the more satisfying and exciting when it came.
For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I won't say more. Other than that I raced through the last few hundred pages and absolutely can't wait to read the next one, MaddAddam.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The death of the human race seems eminent when birth rates drop sharply away. Twenty years after Omega, the year the last infant was born to mankind,The death of the human race seems eminent when birth rates drop sharply away. Twenty years after Omega, the year the last infant was born to mankind, the dwindling population of England struggles with apathy and an aging population in need of more and more care. Theo--a historian, and cousin and previous advisor to the Warden of England, an essentially benevolent dictator--is approached by a group of rebels unhappy with some of the Warden's policies. They are particularly disturbed by the Quietus, a mass suicide ceremony of the elderly and infirm that is supposedly voluntary but seems less so of late. Theo is reluctant to help. But when one of the members of the group turns out to be pregnant, all that changes.
I think my great love for this movie definitely affected me feelings about the book (the two have very little in common besides the basic premise). While the movie is thought-provoking, action-packed, and filled with well-developed characters, the book is slow, plodding, and gives very little purchase for sympathizing with the characters. I also disagreed with a lot of things that P.D. James suggested would happen if the possibility of procreation was removed from the equation of humanity (such as that no one would ever feel like having sex again). All in all, not a book I would recommend. Two out of four of my book group members didn't even get past the first fifty pages....more