MaddAddam Trilogy — Review

May 21, 2014

Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy includes: 
Oryx and Crake
The Year of the Flood

I really enjoyed reading this trilogy. The characters and plot are intriguing and I think Atwood told the story in an interesting way. Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood focus on different sets of characters, but take place primarily during the same time period. MaddAddam is essentially the convergence of everything — it’s where you get (some) answers.

The trilogy takes place in a kind of post-apocalyptic world. Much of humanity has been wiped out, allowing the world to be claimed by the hybrid plant and animal species created by the Corps in the years before. Those who remain struggle to survive and wonder if anyone else has.

Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood are both somewhat self-contained and MaddAddam ties them together. The thing about MaddAddam is that a lot of changes occur at this point in the story, and so the characters start to change. Some of these changes seem a bit too abrupt or out of character, but taken within the larger context of things and all that the characters had to endure in their lives, I’m willing to believe that characters could undergo such drastic changes.

While MaddAddam answers many questions that readers ask during Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, it brought up other questions for me that were either never addressed or never answered. Part of this comes from the fact that the story is told primarily through the perspectives of different characters. If the characters do not have answers, we as readers do not either. Since some of the questions that I had were bigger picture or spanning history that a single generation could not witness, many remain unanswered.

As I said before, I enjoyed this trilogy. It was a different kind of post-apocalyptic dystopian tale than a lot of the other ones being written these days. I would certainly recommend it, especially for anyone who has read Atwood before and is a fan of her work.


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