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416 pages; Nan A. Talese
Atwood is a legendary creator of dystopic universes in which the Earth has been ravaged, mostly by humans who can't help messing with nature, and each other. Her new novel, MaddAddam, completes the trilogy begun with Oryx and Crake, using "speculative fiction" to explore cosmic "What if?" questions. The books are set in a world that's been devastated by a pandemic, leaving the survivors to fight it out—will the MaddAddamites, the Crakers and the Painballers find a way to coexist, or will they self-destruct? "You can't subtract society from the long prose narrative," Atwood says in her interview with O magazine."It's pretty much impossible."  — Leigh Haber
— Leigh Haber