Genre: science fiction
Length: 390 pages
Setting: a near-future, post-apocalyptic world
Interest: It is the concluding book in the trilogy started in Oryx and Crake.
Summary: What’s left of the MaddAddamites and God’s Gardeners are living in the cobb house in the Park. The Crakers are convinced to come live with the group, to keep them safe from the painballers that are nearby. Toby takes over telling stories to the Crakers as Jimmy recovers from a foot wound. Toby learns some of Zeb’s history before the Plague as he helped his brother (Adam One of God’s Gardeners and the head of the MaddAddamites) set up a counter-culture to the CorpSeCorps.
Final thoughts: A fitting end to the series. It didn’t definitively answer all the questions raised in the first two books, but we did get some more holes filled in. My favorite part was the stories Toby would tell the Crakers as I tried to figure out what really happened through all the allegory and allusion in the stories. Jimmy’s invisible friend named “F**k” was the best touch. It made me laugh whenever the Crakers called for help from Snowman-the-Jimmy’s “special” friend.
I liked the cooperation between the Pigoons and the people as well. They started in opposition, but decided to work together against the painballers, even though the Pigoons weren’t human. It hints at more to come in the world. This whole series makes you feel like there’s so much more going on in the world, and we only get to hear a tiny piece of the story.
It is interesting to contrast this series with the Divergent series, since both are near-future, post-apocalyptic worlds. There’s the obvious difference, that Atwood’s series is much more “adult.” Roth wrote for teenagers, and the depth of character and backstory isn’t as great as Atwood. Atwood’s world feels much more realistic and possible to me. Sure, we’ve got some serious genetic breakthroughs to manage, but having the world run by corporations and then a big plague killing off nearly everyone – sounds entirely plausible.
Title comes from: Zeb and Adam used a game run by MaddAddam (who was Adam) to talk to each other secretly.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 79/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge, and an A in my A-Z Reading Challenge author challenge (8/26)
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