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4.0 out of 5 stars Good continuation, but trilogy peaked with Year of the Flood, 1 May 2014
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This review is from: MaddAddam (Kindle Edition)
I feel Atwood was simply playing around with some new ideas in the first novel Oryx and Crake, and it wasn't the most satisfying narrative experience. Year of the Flood then really hit the mark for me, the real zenith of the trilogy - a proper engaging story mapped onto the world she'd created. MaddAddam is a very worthwhile continuation of that story, it reveals more details, sub-narratives and back story. But in revealing this it takes some of the mystique away from the original creation, falling into the same trap more conventional sci-fi writers who try to exhaustively explain and catalogue their world in a sort of mythology. Nothing wrong with that, but Atwood, I felt was different. Not the best ending either.

Still a must for readers of the first two.

Sunset Park
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not stellar.. but still plenty for new readers, 1 May 2014
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I'm a card-carrying Auster fan and there's just about enough here to keep me satiated... for now. But as many of the reviewers have pointed out some of the characters just aren't particularly well conceived and too much page space is wasted on them. Plus the rambling asides on baseball and human rights organisations could be curtailed a touch.

At heart it's a father and son story and I think that shines through. Quite readable.

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