From one of the world's most brilliant and exciting writers comes a new novel of astonishing power; the final novel in her dystopian trilogy
In a little enclave called the cob house a motley crew of survivors live alongside the green-eyed Crakers, a gentle, inquisitive species bio-engineered to replace humans.
Toby, a member of the now-defunct Gods Gardeners, is still in love with Zeb. The Crakers' reluctant prophet, Snowman (or Jimmy, or SnowmantheJimmy), has been seriously injured, Amanda is still in shock from the Painballer attack and Ivory Bill simply can't take his eyes off the nubile Swift Fox.
As their relationship with the Crakers becomes intertwined they are approached by a natural enemy for help. Will Toby find the inspiration she needs? Will Zeb ever see his brother again? And will they ever be able to make their world stable enough for future generations?
Told with wit, dizzying imagination, dark humour and a breathtaking command of language, Booker-prize-winning Margaret Atwood's unpredictable and chilling Maddaddam takes us into a carefully-crafted dystopian world and holds up a mirror to our future.
About the Author
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize, Oryx and Crake and most recently, The Year of the Flood. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.
Margaret Atwood also has the really fine writer's light-footed ability to keep dancing around her characters...moving, but also very funny ... MaddAddam is an extraordinary achievement * Independent on Sunday * A haunting, restless triumph ... Deadpan wit, intellectual sizzle and sensuous immediacy - Atwood's fictional trademarks - run through the teeming inventiveness of the novel's pre-disaster episodes * Sunday Times * This final volume deploys its author's trademark cool, omniscient satire, but adds to that a real sense of engagement with a fallen world. Atwood has created something reminiscent to Shakespeare's late comedies; her wit and dark humour combine with a compassionate tenderness towards struggling human beings ... Since almost everything in the world has been broken or has broken down, the novels' form, whirling as brilliantly as the bits of glass in a kaleidoscope, or the pixels in a complex computer game, seems simply to replicate that chaos. However, behind the apparent disorder Atwood the conjuror remains in firm control, juggling her narrative techniques with postmodern glee * Independent * Sure to be a success * Independent on Sunday * There are few writers able to create a world so fiercely engaging, so funny, so teeming - ironically - with life. MaddAddam is ultimately a paean to the enduring powers of myth and story, and like the sharpest futuristic visions, it's really all about the here and now -- Hephzibah Anderson * Daily Mail * MaddAddam is remarkable for enacting the transition from oral to written history within a fictional universe - one complete with myths and false gods ... MaddAddam is the work of a wild, subversive writer who has looked long and hard at her craft * TLS * If you want complete escapism this summer, Margaret Atwood fans will not be disappointed with Maddaddam * Woman's Way * MaddAddam is an extraordinary achievement. Atwood's body of work will last precisely because she has told us about ourselves * Independent on Sunday * Atwood has created something reminiscent to Shakespeare's late comedies; her wit and dark humour combine with a compassionate tenderness toward struggling human beings ... Atwood's story ends intensely movingly, with the damaged world potentially renewed through storytelling, through writing -- Michele Roberts * Independent * A haunting, restless triumph ... A writer of virtuoso diversity, with an imagination that responds as keenly to scientific concerns as it does to the literary heritage in which she is steeped ... A dystopia over which Atwood sets swirling a glitterball of different kinds of fiction * Sunday Times * There is much that is bleak and terrifying in Atwood's fiction, but it is leavened by her humour ... MaddAddam is remarkable for enacting the transition from oral to written history within a fictional universe - one complete with myths and false gods ... the work of a wild, subversive writer who has looked long and hard at her craft * TLS * It may have been a decade in the making, but it has been well worth the wait ... Margaret Atwood not only completes one of the most harrowing visions of a near-future dystopia in recent fiction, but lures us even further into new zones of existential terror -- John Burnside * The Times * One of the most important writers in English today * Germaine Greer * Margaret Atwood is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure ... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist * Michael Ondaatje * It's easy to appreciate the grand array of Margaret Atwood's works ... in all their power and grace and variety. When I think of it, and put it together with her writerly gifts and achievements, it takes my breath away * Alice Munro * Atwood is a poet. Scarcely a sentence of her quick, dry yet avid prose fails to do useful work * John Updike * She may be deadly serious but she is also seriously funny -- Alan Taylor * Glasgow Herald * A trilogy set in a dystopian America some decades in the future, depicting - graphically, satirically, brilliantly - an environmental disaster -- Ruth Franklin * Prospect * Not since the Cold War has the end of the world been so chic ... Just when you think you are suffering from apocalypse fatigue, along comes Margaret Atwood to wipe the floor with the limp, lame competition and inject new life into the genre ... Atwood is one of the world's finest and funniest living writers. This is a brilliantly realised, needle-sharp and imaginative novel. What more could you want? -- Craig Purshouse * New Humanist * Her writing casts spells ...She is prolific -- Tom Adair * Scotsman * The MaddAddam trilogy shows a master artificer inventing nothing less than a cosmogony, one shining constellation at a time -- Sarah Churchwell * New Statesman * The final book in Atwood's MaddAddam sci-fi trilogy confirms her as the arch-prophet of global catastrophe ... It's exciting stuff ... The book masterfully evokes a doomed civilisation, and raises intriguing questions about the boundaries of science and the nature of religion -- Anthony Gardner * Mail on Sunday * Atwood is the master of this genre and her incredible imagination continues to hold the black mirror up against the technological forces which might drive us to destruction * Stylist * A wonderful and justly venerated novelist -- Theo Tait * Guardian * A blinding piece of writing -- Andrzej Lukowski * Metro * Unsettling, funny and savagely satirical * Irish Times * Written with admirable energy and bravura -- Justin Cartwright * Observer * Darkly funny * Vogue * Marvellously concludes the trilogy of apocalyptic near-future fables -- Adam Roberts * Guardian Books of the Year *