The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood — a rabid fangirl review

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I have a serious issue. I really want to review Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy because it was mind blowingly awesome. I laughed, I cried, and I was scared shitless so many times. I have so much trouble reviewing books I ADORE.

I can offer brief synopses:

Oryx and Crake: The first in the series, this novel is told from the perspective of Jimmy. Jimmy is Crake’s best friend and in love with Oryx. Through this story the reader learns of life before a biologically-engineered plague wipes out humanity. We learn a little bit of this world in which art, dance, poetry, and creativity aren’t valued and science, government, and monolithic corporations are in control of everything from food, to education, to family life.

Year of the Flood: The second book chronicles the survivors of the plague (referred to as the Flood), namely several people connected with God’s Gardner’s — a religious, environmental group dating back to pre-Flood times. The narrative weaves inย  time from before the flood with the survival of folks post END OF THE WORLD.

MaddAddam: OMG. I cannot say enough about this book. The bio-engineered Crakers, God’s Gardners, and quickly evolving gene-spliced animals work together (for the most part) to survive and — ultimately — create a new civilization.

Yup. Maybe you’re slightly intrigued, but you could read this on GoodReads or Amazon. So what else is left? How do I convey that:

– This series is fascinating because all the technology, environmental devastations, gene-splicing, chemical wielding, and marriage of science and capitalism is happening RIGHT NOW. This could conceivably be our reality one day.

— … Which makes this series scarier than The Walking Dead. Yeah I guess zombies are possible, but not probable. However <<SPOILER ALERT a company creating illnesses in health products so they can sell the cures and make double profits? The stuff of nightmares. END SPOILER ALERT>>.

— But this book isn’t just about Science! It is about the importance of Liberal Arts. Dance, music, philosophy, words, language are vital to humanity. It is what makes humans, well, HUMAN. Our bodies and world may change, but the human spirit is pretty freaking resilient.

— Holla at my strong female characters (especially in books two and three) who make Katniss Everdeen look like a weenie. Yes, Tony, I’m talking about her I love her so so so much. I liked Amanda and Ren (and I found Oryx fascinating) but Tony is my home girl.

— Pigoons. Read the books and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

— Pretty much a pro-vegetarian book which is pretty awesome.

Please, read the series. Atwood is brilliant. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from MaddAddam, “There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of he story too.” This quotation embodies the whole of the trilogy: the what happened, the what really happened, the how did it happen, the questions about what we don’t know and how all of this makes a story that is compelling, hilarious, frightening and engaging. I’m still thinking about the world of Oryx and Crake weeks after reading it. If anything it is a story that sticks and colors one’s perception of now and leaves one questioning the future.

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6 comments

  1. You know, I’ve just finished this trilogy as well and my feelings are pretty much identical to yours. I loved this series. I can’t pick a favorite among these three books – they are all freaking awesome! I’m right now thinking if there’s some kind of biblical allegory in the working together of the three groups – will have to ponder that a bit more. But omg, these were good. How I wish for a fourth book even though this was just perfect!

  2. I’ll admit you have me curious. The only Atwood I’ve ever tried was The Handmaid’s Tale, and I ended up abandoning it. Your enthusiasm for the trilogy seems very compelling, though…

  3. Atwood is one of those authors that I want to try so badly, but that terrifies the crap out of me. You have absolutely convinced me that I *must* read these though! Sheesh–after reading this post, I don’t think there’s anyway on earth I could resist! Lucky for me Oryx and Crake has been sitting on my shelves for quite a while now.

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