by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury) at www.amazon. com
MaddAddam is the final instalment in Margaret Atwood’s latest sci-fi trilogy. Like its predecessors, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, the novel paints a disturbing dystopian portrait of an Earth in the not-too-distant-future that is all but destroyed thanks to the selfish excesses of human existence.
Most of mankind is dead following a humanmade plague, and the world is now overrun by dangerous animal hybrids created in human laboratories.
Amid this destruction is a motley group of human survivors and the simple-minded ‘Crakers’, blue human-like creatures that graze like herbivores, and have no concept of hate. Together, they must try to survive against the vicious ‘Painballers’, two former gladiators who have lost all sense of compassion, as well as against an Earth that is environmentally unfriendly to humans.
Although MaddAddam starts quite slowly, its futuristic yet painfully imaginable world quickly becomes absorbing.
Atwood’s environmental puns can get laughable but fans of her dystopian fiction will find much to enjoy here.