Published by Nan A. Talese on Sept 3 2013
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I am a bonafide Atwood fangirl. But there are still lots of the back list I need to read (she is very, very prolific). The MaddAddam trilogy was a huge hole in the cannon and once I started I needed to finish. Quick, before the Scribd changeover happens.
Oryx and Crake sucked me in. Jimmy aka Snowman, tells his story in fits and starts along with the stories of Oryx and Crake while the world around him implodes and he slowly looses his marbles.
The Year of the Flood is a sort of a ‘meanwhile, back at the ranch’ novel. It takes place in the years leading up to the plague from the point of view of a different set of characters that overlap Jimmy, Oryx and Crake at different parts of the novel.
By the time MaddAddam rolls around the plague has taken care of most of the population and it deals with the aftermath and the few people that are still living. Told mostly in the form of stories told among the characters.
As a whole the MaddAddam trilogy is pretty epic; that being said, some of the novels are stronger than others. There seemed to be a pattern of confusion in the beginning (on my part, anyhow) and then as you hit the half way point, everything starts to come together.
Atwood novels are very thought provoking. A Handmaid’s Tale makes you think about sexism and feminism. This one makes to take a hard look at the environment and humanities never ending battle to ‘improve’ . . . everything.
Even after watching the world implode, Atwood does live you with hope.
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.