MaddAddam (Review)

Book cover for "MaddAddam" by Margaret Atwood.Title: MaddAddam

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 416

Genre: Fiction, Dystopian

Source: E-book version purchased from

From the cover:

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, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it’s left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.

Zeb has been searching 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. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb’s dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.

Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood — a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.

(This is the third and final book in the Oryx & Crake trilogy, after Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.)

There are really no words to describe this book adequately. It’s the kind of finale where, if you enjoyed the rest of the series, you’ll love this one, too.

The dark humour and attention to detail that Atwood is known for is definitely one of the strong points of this book. It just made the crazy things happening seem more realistic. Really, it’s one of the best dystopias I’ve ever read, and I do love them, so that’s saying a lot.

To be honest, it had been quite a while since I had read the other books in the series. I wish that I had gone back and re-read them before tackling Maddaddam, because I was a bit rusty on the major events in the story and, in particular, the different characters. It was still a good read, but I have a feeling that I would have enjoyed it a hell of a lot more if I had read it closer to when I finished the previous books. If you’re planning to read this book, you should probably think about doing that as well.


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