Book Review | MaddAddam : a novel by Margaret Atwood

book cover MaddAddam : a novel by Margaret AtwoodThird in the Oryx and Crake / end of the world trilogy, MaddAddam picks up where The Year of the Flood left off and gives the reader a conclusion to the story. This book was good, but I was expecting better after loving the first two books. MaddAddam consists largely of flashback stories to times before the flood. While they give some interesting character history, they do not really draw you further into the saga. In this book you will learn more about the Crakers and their habits, the history of Zeb and Adam, and how the flood survivors are making due in the wreckage. There is more profanity than in the previous books and more references to modern technology and pop culture which almost seem forced.

All of that said, I did enjoy this book. It was a bit harder to get into and it took me longer to finish than the other books, but it did provide that closing (though not how I would have liked) that was needed to end the trilogy. Character relationships were realistic, the ideas conveyed were interesting, and the text was neat and easy to follow. Though it’s thicker, it reads fairly quickly. Check your local library for this new release, keeping in mind it probably still has a queue of holds.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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