I’m feeling a bit bereft, as I am inclined to be when I have finished reading something that transports me to another place and time. Not that it is altogether a great place to be taken to – Atwood’s future world is grim, but it is also compelling and scarily realistic, as she states in her acknowledgements.
Although MaddAddam is a work of fiction, it does not include any technologies or biobeings that do not already exist, are not under construction, or are not possible in theory
Gulp … so pills called BlyssPlus – promising sexual ecstasy but delivering death instead, Nitee-Nite lived streamed suicides, misguided scientists capable of destroying humans and creating a new group of humans called Crakers, engineered to be free of violence and lust, destructive organisations such a CorpSeCorps that make Edward Snowden’s leaks about PRISM look like child’s play, combined with giant Pigoons and MoHairs complete with humanlike transplantable hair could all come about? This adds another level to the idea of “Faction”!
Although Atwood is great on the science and obviously knows her stuff, thankfully her characterisation is just as good and I became easily embroiled in the lives of Zeb, Toby, Amanda and Ren – all of whom are fierce loyal survivors, alongside the quirky and oddly charming new humans the Crakers. Although Atwood is obviously of a Green leaning, and I imagine doesn’t have a lot of time for genetically modified food for example, at the end of MaddAddam there is an amalgamation of the human and the genetically modified that gets us wondering – can the two work together?
Atwood is a great social networker. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website which contains a link to a video game that you read about in MaddAddam called Intestinal Parasites, with promises of more to come!