Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: MaddAddam

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Margaret Atwood's final chapter in her MaddAddam trilogy was well worth the wait.

I have rarely read such an ambitious work. In MaddAddam, Atwood ties up loose ends from the previous two novels, and also further develops two central characters through the use of backstory.

As is common in Atwood's writing, writing itself becomes an important aspect of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed her vision of a post-apocalyptic world and the questions that inevitably arise. The birth of a new generation also welcomes the birth of new mythologies, key to answering human(oid)'s central questions about its origins: Where do we come from? Who made us? Why are we here? And where do we go from here?

Communication (verbal and non-verbal), writing, speech, history, good and evil, rituals... Atwood tackles all the big issues of important literature - and she does it in an entertaining, thought-provoking, highly creative way. The creation of deities that fly to our rescue when summoned is a perfect example of her witty writing.

If there was any doubt, the MaddAddam Trilogy reaffirms Atwood's place as one of the world's best science-fiction authors.

I highly recommend reading this trilogy. And when you're done with that, if you haven't already read it, read The Handmaid's Tale. And then read everything else by this wonderful Canadian writer.

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