Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Science Fiction, 2013
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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The best of the trilogy in my view
The narration just did not work for me. Zeb's character sounded like a corny Batman with bizzare haltering emphasis on the language. Toby's sounded like a cross between Laurie Anderson from Sharky's Day and Lisa Simpson. Tobys character also changed very inconsistently from being a staunch vegetarian to a pig killer. The male figures in the book often come across very 2 dimensional but the narration didn't help in that respect.
In contrast to most reviewers this was probably my favourite of the three books, the first being the least favourite.
I think the trilogy would be better served as one book to be fair.