A hopeful conclusion to one of my favourite series. Atwood is a Canadian treasure.
I read the first two of the series but could not get into this one. Could not finish it.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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