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The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Updated on April 2, 2014

Just fiction, or a terrifying glimpse at a future reality?

Told from a present viewpoint and remembrances, Atwood's trilogy begins with ORYX AND CRAKE, a tale told by Snowman, the seemingly-only human survivor of a viral devastation who finds himself mentoring and minding a tribe of engineered individuals in a post-apocalyptic, haunted paradise. If genetically-engineered food and DNA recombination disturb you, this book will show you exactly where your fears are leading.

That story is followed by THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD, a tale told in parallel to the original novel, but from an entirely different character and viewpoint, showing an entirely different facet of society as it goes through the same events.

To bring the epic to its completion is MADDADDAM, which picks up the threads of both preceeding books and then moves forward together with both groups of characters.


This is the book which begins the trilogy. Here you will meet some young people and begin a journey into their present, our near future. This book will make you take a second look at where yo live, how you live, your health care, and how you feel about aging. You'll never look at anything you eat the same way ever again.


Who was your favorite from the original ORYX AND CRAKE?

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More about Margaret Atwood - the woman behind the books

Margaret Atwood is a very diverse writer. If all you know of her work is the MaddAddam trilogy, you probably will find a lot of other good stuff if you take the time to check out more of her work.


How did you like the book?

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See and Hear Margaret Atwood - exploring and explaining her trilogy

These videos will give you the chance to see and hear Ms. Atwood herself as she reads from and talks about her books. You get details and insights from an author that just aren't possible from any other resource. They created the minds of the characters, and are able to view the fictional world as no one else can.


Genetic modification of food is a huge debate, and yet no matter how much talking seems to take place, the manipulation of what we eat continues to accelerate. How many substitute meats do you eat? What are they made of? Would you mind eating engineered meat that just got stripped off a cow tree? Or chicken-like meat that had once been alive but had never been a chicken?

Do you think that we should be modifying foodstuffs and animals like in the book?

MaddAddam - Adam named the living animals, MaddAddam names the dead ones. Do you want to play?


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