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MaddAddam [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Atwood
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Moving, but also very funny . . . MaddAddam is an extraordinary achievement (Independent on Sunday)

A fierce, learned intelligence . . . MaddAddam is a wild ride . . . great fun (Guardian)

Atwood has brought the previous two books together in a fitting and joyous conclusion . . . Atwood's prose miraculously balances humor, outrage and beauty . . . This finale to Atwood's ingenious trilogy lights a fire from the fears of our age, then douses it with hope for the planet's survival (New York Times)

There are few writers able to create a world so fiercely engaging, so funny, so teeming - ironically - with life. MaddAddam is ultimately a paean to the enduring powers of myth and story, and like the sharpest futuristic visions, it's really all about the here and now (Daily Mail)

This final volume deploys its author's trademark cool, omniscient satire, but adds to that a real sense of engagement with a fallen world. Atwood has created something reminiscent to Shakespeare's late comedies; her wit and dark humour combine with a compassionate tenderness towards struggling human beings . . . Since almost everything in the world has been broken or has broken down, the novels' form, whirling as brilliantly as the bits of glass in a kaleidoscope, or the pixels in a complex computer game, seems simply to replicate that chaos. However, behind the apparent disorder Atwood the conjuror remains in firm control, juggling her narrative techniques with postmodern glee (Independent)

A haunting, restless triumph . . . A writer of virtuoso diversity, with an imagination that responds as keenly to scientific concerns as it does to the literary heritage in which she is steeped . . . A dystopia over which Atwood sets swirling a glitterball of different kinds of fiction (Sunday Times)

It may have been a decade in the making, but it has been well worth the wait . . . Margaret Atwood not only completes one of the most harrowing visions of a near-future dystopia in recent fiction, but lures us even further into new zones of existential terror (The Times)

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The final volume in the extraordinary speculative fiction trilogy - a decade in the making - from one of the greatest writers in the English language today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385528787
  • Publisher: Virago (7 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWZNYL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays.

In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize and Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, was published in 2009. She was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 2008.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a big fan of Margaret Atwood. he quality of her prose, her characters, and her imagination is such that she writes some of the few realistic, contemporary tales that I'm happy to read, but I think she's at her best when she's writing full-blown science-fiction with a literary edge. While the Handmaid's Tale is probably the best known example of this, I actually prefer Oryx and Crake and its sequel, the Year of the Floor. The series presents one of the most intriguing and well-developed futuristic dystopias I've ever come across, combined with an interesting plot set both before and after the plague deliberately designed to wipe out humanity and replace it with a race of genetically modified perfect beings.

Oryx and Crake dealt with the upper-echelons of society and the scientific genius who created the plague and the new humans, while Year of the Flood told the interlocking story of the underclass and the God's Gardeners environmentalist cult. The two books worked well together to fill in each other's blanks, give various different perspectives on the world and the plot, and create a fully rounded universe. I was therefore unsure what else this third book could add.

As with the earlier books, MaddAddam presents both a linear narrative of life after the "Waterless Flood" for the handful of survivors, and flashbacks to life in the pre-plague world of genetic engineering, stark class divides and armed corporations.

The "modern-day" sections focus on Toby, who is holed up with a combination of God's Gardeners, former MaddAddam affiliates, a (mostly unconscious) Jimmy from the first book, and a large group of Crakers, the new humans, to whom she tells selective stories of the past as a sort of creation myth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary world but wanted to stay there for more! 18 April 2014
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Attwood is a wonderful imagineer, in the 3rd of the trilogy the world has changed immeasurably due to human stupidity but reading it I could still feel connected and part of the world and especially the characters she has portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last in the trilogy 8 Dec 2013
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I enjoyed the trilogy, but had to go back and read the first one again after 10 years. I practically gobbled the books up wanting to know what happened to the characters, also fascinated by Atwood amazing and clever imagination - could some of this really happen to our world? Raised many questions and thoughts for me - as did her previous books. I look forward to her next books.
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MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood, is the final book in a trilogy which started with Oryx and Crake in 2003 and continued with The Year of the Flood in 2009. All three books tell stories that run in parallel, although each takes the overlapping characters a little further along in time.

MaddAddam focuses on the street-wise Zeb. In telling his story we get the final links in the plot strands that join characters we have been introduced to in the previous books, the MaddAddamites and God’s Gardeners. The survivors from these groups are now living as a small community, trying to eke out an existence following the chaos that Crake unleashed in his attempt to rid the world of the evils of humanity.

The peaceful replacements that he created, the Crakers, play a prominent role in this instalment as do several of the other creatures bioengineered by the gene splicing scientists before the waterless flood. As well as more detailed background we are given a glimpse of how the new world order will develop once the chaos has settled. I found this glimpse the most depressing aspect of the book as it looked rather too familiar. It suggested that the world is condemned to repeat its mistakes from whatever new start, perhaps that is the point which the author wishes to make.

The MaddAddam trilogy tells of a dystopian future that makes for powerful reading because it is so perceptive, detailed and believable. This final part is as compelling and skilfully written as the previous two. Key plot details are first unveiled as simplified stories told each evening to the Crakers. These are biblical in style, the writing of them serving as a spiritual text more than a history. The whole book has an allegorical feel running alongside the tension and action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant ending to the MadAddam trilogy 24 Aug 2013
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Having been absolutely enthralled by Oryx and Crake, and slightly less so by theYear of the Flood, I thought Maddaddam could go one of two ways. I am pleased to say the final instalment is an absolute triumph. The story starts off in a very tense manner with Amanda traumatised, Jimmy in a coma, Toby wondering whether she will ever see Zeb again, and Adam nowhere to be seen. With the dangerous Painballers still lurking in the midst of the apocalyptic world, it is only time before the Madaddamites and the remnants of God's Gardeners must make a decision as to how they are going to survive.
The back story focusses primarily on Zeb and Adam (who we discover early on are in fact "brothers"). Without giving too much away, they are both on the run from the character of Rev (one of Margaret Atwood's finest creations). Rev of the Petroleum church, stands for religious hypocrisy and the general misconduct that goes on in the name of religion. It is through this narrative that we begin to understand the disconnect between Adam and Zeb, when they part of God's Gardeners.
One of the finest aspects of this book is the stories which Toby tells the Crakers. She has effectively taking over the role of Snowman-the-Jimmy, aka Snowman, aka Jimmy. The best part of the book for me has to hands down be the part when Blackbeard discovers writing. This is effectively the legacy of the Madaddam world - a world in which "propagating" ones' own provides a basis for the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The first two books were fantastic and so is this one. Although they are a trilogy, each book is perfect on its own and read in any order. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Judith
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the setting and the characters
Thanks for the whole series. I read all three books in the trilogy over a few weeks and I think that I got more out of them that way. I liked the setting and the characters.
Published 3 days ago by Nell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite
Item arrived in perfect condition, loved the cover, brilliant writing, but not my favourite genre, takes a while to identify the characters
Published 11 days ago by Daphbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great 3rd installation of one of the greatest literary series I've had the pleasure of reading
Published 14 days ago by Miss O P Dalgleish
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Weird and rather self indulgent but psyhosocially interesting and scarily plausible
Published 1 month ago by disappointed
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch
I really enjoyed both Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, but this one is the best of them. Which is excellent - so often the last in a trilogy has the least punch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant finale
excellent final book in trilogy. She's a master of this genre.
Published 1 month ago by G Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrreeeat
What a brilliant, brilliant book. Part 3 of a series - read in order for max impact
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great conclusion to the trilogy - did not disappoint.
Published 2 months ago by Hannah Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but then I am a big Margaret Atwood ...
Brilliant, but then I am a big Margaret Atwood fan,made me want to go back and read the other 2 parts of the trilogy again.
Published 2 months ago by Su Den
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