, #3

Deckle Edge, 394 pages

English language

Published Sept. 3, 2013 by Nan A. Talese.

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A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack.

Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood’s unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world and holds up a skewed mirror to our own possible future.

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3 stars

I really enjoyed Oryx & Crake (the first book in this series), found 'Year of the Flood' hard going, and thought this third instalment of the trilogy somewhat frustrating. And I write as a big Atwood fan.

The world she conjures is interesting, but she does not really build on the basic the story that she outlined in Oryx and Crake. The book reads as sort of annex to the first novel, as if it is comprised of her extra notes and ephemera. Perhaps it was.

That said, the book is very funny in parts, and I am not quite sure why. Parts of it read like a comedy monologue in the style of Joyce Grenfell ("George, don't do that'" becomes "Please don't sing now"). Which is why I still enjoyed reading the book, but I just wish she had developed the ideas further. We assume the humans get wiped …

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