I like speculative fiction and Margaret Atwood is an author able to create a realistic world of the future that’s too close for comfort. Gene-spliced animals and pandemic contagion–I hope her visionary settings remain fiction. They would be great movies. At the core, the MaddAddam Trilogy is satire, survival, and unlikely friendships. I recently read the first book and reviewed Oryx and Crake (2003). Did you miss that post? https://cindybruchman.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/read-this-oryx-and-crake-by-margaret-atwood/
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I just finished the second installment, The Year of the Flood (2009), and was not disappointed. Atwood’s prose is straightforward and casual while jumping from the minds of a few principal characters. This limited first person is one of my favorite styles. You get a multiple of reactions to the same scenario.
In this story, the Gardeners are ex-scientists and medical professionals who gave up their allegiance to the Corp and started a commune honoring all that is natural and organic. Principal characters become a Gardener, and as the story of survival unfolds, gene-spliced animals, man is hunted for amusement, and science has run amok, The Year of the Flood reminds me of The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Running Man. I can’t wait to begin the last book in the trilogy that came out in 2013, MaddAddam: A Novel.
Just today, a student of mine brought this to my attention. Looks like the future is today. Check out this disturbing article about pigs with human organs.