As I've mentioned before, I have kind of odd, eclectic taste in books, and post-apocalyptic or speculative fiction is one of my favorite genres.
I waited for years for the publication of MaddAddam, book three in the MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood. Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood are two of my very favorite post-apocalyptic novels, and I was so excited for the culmination of the story! My sister loved these books as well, and bought MaddAddam for me as a gift just as soon as it was released — Thanks Erin!
MaddAddam concludes the dystopian trilogy as a continuation of the first two books. It follows the previous characters in the wake of the same biological catastrophe: 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 — struggle to rebuild a life for themselves.
As the survivors work together to rebuild mankind, the group also has to watch for murderous criminals who have also escaped death. Like the previous books, the story is staggered between present day events and the past life of one member of the survivors.
Watching the characters attempt to survive in the remains of humanity and interact with the Crakers definitely made for a compelling story. I loved being back in Atwood's unpredictable, chilling dystopian world, filled with imagination and dark humor.
But although the story was compelling, I didn't think it was up to Atwood's usual standards, and MaddAddam was probably my least favorite book in the trilogy. It didn't hold my attention as much as I would have liked, and I often found my mind wandering. I read the first two books in practically one sitting, but this final installment took me several weeks to get through.
However, I love a story that makes me think, and this trilogy definitely holds up a mirror to our own possible future and where society may be headed.