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The MaddAddam Trilogy: Oryx and Crake / The Year of the Flood / MaddAddam

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4.51  ·  Rating details ·  3,018 ratings  ·  134 reviews
From Booker Prize–winner and #1 national bestseller Margaret Atwood, The MaddAddam Trilogy is so utterly compelling, so prescient, so relevant, so all-too-likely-to-be-true, that readers may find their view of the world forever changed after reading it.
This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers. With breathtaking command of her brilliantly conceived materi
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Published August 27th 2013 by Vintage Canada
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Tulpesh Patel
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
The great strength of good science fiction is the ability to take contemporary events and technologies and extrapolate them in ways that predict the future whilst simultaneously telling us something about —and satirizing— the present. Much-celebrated writer Margaret Atwood crafts stories and worlds that do exactly this, although, rather controversially, she prefers to not to call her books science fiction, as, according to her rather restrictive definition, the ‘fiction’ in ‘science fiction’ is ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely bloody brilliant and terrifying.
Joy Galston
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joy by: Canada Reads 2014
I liked these books more and more as the series went on. MaddAddam was definitely my favorite. For a post apocalyptic series I sure laughed a lot, although I shivered too at the familiarity of it all. The colors were stunning and saturated. I hope there's a really well done movie(s) of this series. I loved the gentle mockery of religious environmentalism and Atwoods' concept of the "perfect" human attributes. The predictions in this series are earily close to home. ...more
(Some possible spoilers ahead)
Margaret Atwoods latest series is a vision of future apocalypse though not the usual technological dystopia but more a biological produced endgame. In the first book of the trilogy O&C we are thrust into a survivor scenario where we meet Snowman (Jimmy) who is existing with meagre and dwindling supplies, living in a tree, unable to venture far because of a hostile environment. However he is visited, and is somehow protecting the children of a species that are not co
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous series written by an author at the top of her game. Like everyone else, I feed my reading habit sometimes with what is at hand -- free kindle reads from Amazon, books with interesting covers that I walk by at the Library, Bookhub freebies. But every now and then you need to return to reading something that is simply marvelous in its creation and execution. I won't go into the story line, other than to say that Atwood takes the tried and true dystopian society dissolving into " ...more
Ana Rakovac
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read The Year Of The Flood first, by sheer mistake, but it did not distract--the only problem was that last 10 pages were a bit of a whirlwind. However, that's neither here nor there. It is a totally plausible and well thought out, well written set of books and, like everything I ever read from Margaret Atwood, I loved it. ...more
J.K. Ullrich
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first novel, Oryx and Crake, begins near the end. Once an amiable playboy in a society dominated by genetic engineering, Jimmy “Snowman” now wonders if he’s the only human alive after a plague wipes out humanity. As he plays de facto prophet for the gene-spliced humanoids who have unwittingly inherited the Earth, Jimmy remembers his brilliant friend Crake, the mysterious woman called Oryx they both loved, and the roles all three of them played in the downfall of civilization. It’s a love sto ...more
Jessica King
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: can-lit, dystopia
I keep on having conversations with Margaret Atwood in my head. I would love to ask her why she made everyone’s parents so shitty? Of all the characters who’ve had their backstories told, everyone except Toby and Amanda had parents who were not only distant, they were straight up uncaring, hateful, and even murderous. This sometimes made it feel that Atwood was describing caricatures rather than actual people who could exist. However, someone who’s perhaps had a less happy childhood might say t ...more
Amy Olive
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this so much more than Oryx and Crake I could not put the thing down! I loved all the tie ins with O&C and genuinely fan girled towards the end. Atwood's imagination and writing skills are completely unrivalled. ...more
Arjun Hari
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actually read this one back in highschool. Atwood normally makes me apex cringe but the twist at the end of this book was so fucking wild and the characters of Jimmy and Crake are so multifaceted that it's a banger. Also a lot of cyberpunk undertones- I know its "speculative fiction" (atwood l00l) but it's more along the lines of a Dickian thriller. ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Few people do post apocalyptic imaginings as well as Margaret Atwood.
Grace Harwood
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read all off these books before immediately after publication, but I thought it was high time to revisit this trilogy and read them through again. I absolutely love Margaret Atwood's work, and Oryx and Crake (the first in the trilogy) is just fantastic. It's a really compelling read told from the point of view of Snowman (Jimmy) as he relates his history growing up in 'the compounds' with his genetic engineer father and his mother who gradually becomes more disenfranchised from the whole ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites

I listened to all three books on Audible and I am SURE the audio version, especially of the Year of the Flood, was better than the written version.   ***This review contains spoilers.***

I LOVE this series and was very sad to finish it!!  I wanted it to keep going.  It’s a dystopian story of the very near future.  Some of it is quite frightening because it’s easy to believe how our current world could evolve into such a place. 

I read Oryx & Crake without realizing it was a trilogy and was super a

Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Brilliant storytelling, gripping and highly imaginative. The world she paints is vivid and real, a frightening warning of where we could be headed, if we don't get our arrogance and materialism in check. The unusual plot structure of "Oryx and Crake" held me riveted, dying to know what happens even when I already pretty much know (since it starts near the end). "The Year of the Flood" and "MaddAddam" answer the questions while putting the characters through their paces.

My (mild) frustration wit
Wendy Thornton
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding trilogy! Atwood is an excellent writer with a wonderful dry sense of humour, and she has clearly done her homework here and created a major work of speculative fiction. It's hard to see the world and our future as a species in it the same way after reading these books. ...more
Sarah Jordan
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the whole trilogy - but this was probably my least favourite. Quite tempted to go back and read Oryx and Crake again just to see what I missed the first time and spot all the links now that I've read the two simultanials! ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A truly gifted brain wrote this series. It was an adventure to read and the non judgemental air surrounding every issue raised encouraged true thought.
Tania Rose
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first one in the trilogy was amazing, the other two went a bit off course but I liked the series overall
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-author
The first time I read this trilogy there were years between the reading of each book as I had to wait for the next to be published. This time, I read the trilogy as one long book. I'm glad I did. There are connections between the books that I missed with the first reading and that brought more of a completeness to this story.

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Jay Barnes
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read 'The Handmaid's Tale' earlier this year, and was excited when my book club picked 'Oryx and Crake' for our December discussion. Atwood's writing style is sometimes confusing, filled with non-chronological narratives and flashbacks. However, by the end of a book, you have a better appreciation for the journey that the characters have taken.

In the first book, we are introduced to Snowman, aka Jimmy, seemingly the only human survivor of a plague that has wiped out humanity. However, he's not
Mood Reviews
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
[Note: this review contains spoilers in para. 6.]

Postapocalyptical literature is important to me.

It offers escapism, imagination, and nostalgia.

Which is why, with a nod and a shake and a bitter sort of bemusement, I am compelled to say that Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy is a disappointing piece of well-intentioned crap.

It lacks vigor, character, and a compelling plot. Even when it tries to compensate with satire and vision, it fails by becoming repetitive and politically transparent. It ha
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't know how to review this one. The entire series was so engrossing they were hard to put down. This dystopian apocalyptic scenario one would hope could never happen but the master at would definitely makes you think. How she masterfully in twined every character so 9 were more important than the other periods none could survive without the other. And you definitely did not know the entire story of one without the other. The science involved in this riding must have taken much in d ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite writers and is also the champion of writing about dystopian futures. Oryx and Crake was my favourite of this trilogy, maybe because the story was new and exciting? I love that her dystopias feel so close to what could happen in reality; they're horrifying because they ring so true. One of my favourite things about this trilogy is that the way it's set up almost feels more like fantasy with supernatural elements, but as the books unfold we become more ground ...more
Adina LeBleu
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jeez, Margaret Atwood really knows how to rip your heart out. At the end of almost 1400 pages, she writes some of the most heartbreaking paragraphs I’ve ever read. There was a point at the end where it was almost a happy ending! But, she kept going and destroyed two sympathetic characters, because there’s no such thing as happy endings in Atwood-land.

This trilogy explores many themes and builds a believable world that seems not too far in the future and only a few wrong-headed decisions away. W
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Read Giles Allen-Bowden's full discussion on the trilogy here:

Comprised of Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam, this series of ‘biopunk’ novels are set in a world of environmental collapse and disassociated youth, run by deceptive corporations. If anyone wonders why Atwood refuses to call her work science fiction, it is because she considers her work to be plausible rather than theoretical. It is ‘speculative fiction.’ Everything in MaddAd
Diana Lanni
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Atwood's absolute best. This trilogy is a wonderful . Creative and exciting future world where a new breed of lab-created humanesque beings is in their dawn. Our hero is human and can barely survive after bio-engineering has wiped out everyone but smart pigs. Read and enjoy. Great escapist, yet relevant and fully-fleshed huge story.
The MaddAddam Trilogy: Oryx and Crake / The Year of the Flood / MaddAddam
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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Victoria Hancox
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quality fiction and a worthwhile endeavour. I must say I wasn't so enamoured by the first installment, but as the story builds, I was glad that I'd invested time in the trilogy. And 'builds' is the right word, as opposed to 'progresses'. The beauty of these stories is in the layering and revealing of the characters we already know; their backstories and place in this world. Another dystopian future from Atwood about which we must cross our fingers and hope it doesn't become our reality. ...more
Michelle Merrill
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oryx and Crake is profoundly insightful and wickedly funny, one of my favorite books of all time. The Year of the Flood is nearly as good, with some thoughtful inspirations for coping with eco-apocalyptic scenarios. MaddAddam did not quite live up to the standards of these first two, but is still solid, with great characters and interesting revelations.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to say the story started a bit slow. The first book in the trilogy was really where the foundation of the real story was being put together, but I was a little impatient with the first book. I enjoyed the next 2 books more because everything that is being built in Oryx and Crake comes together. This was an apocalypse I could see happening.
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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.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr

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MaddAddam (3 books)
  • Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
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