MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3)

MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3)

by Margaret Atwood


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

In this final volume of the internationally celebrated MaddAddam trilogy, the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of the population. Toby is part of a small band of survivors, along with the Children of Crake: the gentle, bioengineered quasi-human species who will inherit this new earth.

As Toby explains their origins to the curious Crakers, her tales cohere into a luminous oral history that sets down humanity’s past—and points toward its future. Blending action, humor, romance, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Atwood—a moving and dramatic conclusion to her epic work of speculative fiction.

A New York Times Notable Book
Washington Post Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year: The Guardian, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, The Globe and Mail
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307455482
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Series: MaddAddam Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 58,953
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed 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; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; and The Year of the Flood. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.


Toronto, Ontario

Date of Birth:

November 18, 1939

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario


B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

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Reading Group Guide

1. Why are Adam and Zeb so different? Or are they more similar than they first seem?

2. The MaddAddamites set about building a basic community for themselves, one that meets the need for food, clothing, shelter, and an energy source. If you were in this position, would you do things differently? Should children be taught elementary survival skills?

3. What comment, if any, do you think Margaret Atwood is making about environmentalism in this book, through organizations like Bearlift? Or does Bearlift suffer simply from the human flaws that appear in all organizations, no matter how well-meaning?

4. The Internet has an almost physical presence in MaddAddam—the “lilypads,” the game Intestinal Parasites. Do you think this is where the Internet is heading? Is it becoming a “real” entity of its own?

5. Is Toby right to trust Zeb? Do you think his feelings for Toby are genuine?

6. Toby teaches Blackbeard to write. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? What consequences do you think this will have for the Crakers and their new world?

7. Margaret Atwood’s trilogy often portrays humans and our future grimly, but it is also both funny and profane. Is Atwood’s gallows humor effective?

8. What parallels do you see between the events of MaddAddam and recent events in our real world? Are Atwood’s three dystopian books exaggerated or could they really be our future?

9. Despite having  seemed violent and disposed to eat humans, the Pigoons ultimately display more compassion than many of the humans in MaddAddam. Is that because the Pigoons are animals, or is it because of the implanted human tissue in their brains?

10. The Crakers seek stories from Jimmy and Toby to explain the world around them. What do these stories say about how myths are formed? Is the desire for religion innate within us? What do you think MaddAddam is saying about our need for gods and how religions are created?

11. How important is language in shaping and changing history and rumour into myth? Discuss the way gods form in Toby’s monologues to the Crakers—including the one named for a swear word?

12. Religion and our need for belief is a key concern in MaddAddam. What does the Church of PetrOleum say about Atwood’s view of religion? Has religion become a commodity?

13. How do you think the hybrid babies will turn out? Will they be more human or Craker, and which would be best for the future of Earth?

14. Is Atwood’s view of humanity ultimately negative? Is there hope at the end of MaddAddam, and if there is, where does it come from?

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CiannaElizabeth More than 1 year ago
Five Stars MaddAdam is exactly what the followers of this trilogy were looking for. This book ties all the ends together for us. It’s masterful, and shows how well planned out this series was! I got the ARC on Netgalley and was planning to have my review up as soon as it was released but I’m so excited to finally have all my thoughts together. O&C really have us the basis to this story. We learn about Crake, and Jimmy and the whole world. Then we wait and wait, and finally Year of the Flood comes in and we meet more characters, the gardeners, a whole bigger world. We experience things more emotionally, it’s stronger then O&C and it hurts more too. Finally, MaddAdam comes along, allow a final conclusion. It’s a slow beginning but it picks right up where both books left off. Picks it up and starts tying it together. Each strand has been previously addressed and now we’re hearing the stories. The stories of Zeb, the Stories of Adam, and the stories of Crake. We are finally getting all the little pieces to come to together and we start to have glimpses of what the whole picture really looks like. We’ve seen fragments, and some have been happy, others are sad, but we’ve been awaiting the full picture. MaddAdam is similar to Year of the flood in the way it’s broken apart by stories like YotF was broken apart by the feast days in Toby’s journal. I adore the idea of the folk tales, of the Crakes learning of themselves and of their world through these tales. Overall, this novel was wonderful, made me sob like a baby with Margaret Atwood’s amazingly emotional storytelling and reminded me why I love her books so much. This is a stratifying conclusion to the whole trilogy, and though it’s different, because it’s told by different  people and in a different section of time, it still resonates clearly with both of the previous books, and keeps the story arch strong and consistent! I really loved it, and am prepared to start all over again so it doesn’t have to end. ** I was given this book through NetGalley as a reviewer. **
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read O&C while on vacation in June and got After the Flood when I got back, which I promptly devoured. It drove me nuts that I had to wait until Sept. for the third book! I've just finished it and it was AMAZING! I laughed, I, really! I'm going to read it all again from the beginning. And continue to annoy my friends by telling them to READ THIS TRILOGY!
ProfessorB More than 1 year ago
Atwood is one of my favorite authors and this trilogy is one of her most amazing works yet. Some people are foodies - I guess I'm a wordie - and her sensitivity to the nuance of words and language and human nature combined with her ability to use this skill to say something thought-provoking and perspective-changing leaves me simultaneously awestruck and inspired to write. So seldom do I feel changed after reading something anymore. With her writing, I feel I evolve. That said, if you prefer tidy, uncomplicated stories with tidy, uncomplicated characters where the good guys always win and it is always clear who the good guys are - Atwood is not for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic alternate reality book that integrates a lot of interesting environmental and scientific issues.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
This book follows the same format as the other two before it. A story line which takes you back through the past of one of the main characters (Zeb in this case) mixed with the happenings of the present. I found Zeb’s story a bit more interesting than the rest but nothing that much more exciting that what was told in the past. All in all a good series which is interesting an a sci-fi way but if you’re looking for more of a post-apocalyptic read where you see the end of the world this isn’t really that type of book.
pregnantat40 More than 1 year ago
Love the series - must read them all! gimme more, more, more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... if a touch sad at the ending. I find it charmingly clever how Atwood creates a story about stories, and fits it, quite naturally, into a work of speculative fiction. This MaddAddam series finale does a great job of providing the reader closure, and is another fine example of the author's craft-mastery. Thank you, Ms Atwood. Goodnight.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Loved the entire series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series. It's whitty with an easy to read style. The themes covered are so close to what our future could hold it's eere.
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I have said those words to so many people regarding Atwood's Oryx & Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam. There is just so much good here. This book stands out in the series for exploring the nature of language, storytelling, and culture, while also continuing to offer dark insight on the current state of affairs, a vivid imaginative world of the future, and incredible characters. Toby is fascinating, and this book provides the most development of her, Jeb, and Adam One. So... you have to read these books.
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Best read I have had in long time. Thanks Leah.
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