A Novel

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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, 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.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2013
ISBN: 9780771008467
Branch Call Number: F ATW NVD
Characteristics: 394 p
Alternative Title: Madd Addam
Mad Adam


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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.

Mar 08, 2014

Madd Addam --- by Margaret Atwood. I had never (gasp!) read anything by this revered Canadian writer. Finally figuring out she wrote science fiction (that’s what it is, n’est pas? --- Iv'e been reading sci-fi for longer than I care to admit) I felt it was time I read this iconic writer. I was expecting to be entertained, enlightened, whatever. Well, this book was a whatever. Somehow, it didn't make the grade: it was decidedly off-putting. Was it the goofy names? I don’t know: it just never even made it to the fifty-page test. Sorry. No more Margaret for me. To use a word Ursula leGuinn likes to use: piffle.

msmigels Jan 30, 2014

The “Madd­Addam” trilogy is epic not only for its imagined future, but for the past too. It was a pleasure to read a dystopian novel whose celebration of a possible, though uncertain future extended to the words themselves. And words were very important here in that they relayed how oral storytelling traditions led to written ones that ultimately produce a beautiful fiction; our sense of the beginning.

Nov 23, 2013

What a finale! I thought it was a very satisfying wrap-up and enjoyed getting the story from Jeb's perspective. It did make me want to go back and read the trilogy all over again. Atwood's storytelling can't be beat.

Oct 22, 2013

A satisfying conclusion to a fine trilogy. You'll definitely want to read the books in order, to better understand the plot and bond with the characters. (This book does provide a synopsis of the first two, which is helpful.)

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