2. "MaddAddam," by Margaret Atwood
With "MaddAddam," Canadian master writer Margaret Atwood completes the dystopian trilogy she began with "Oryx & Crake" and "The Year of the Flood." This third and final piece tells the story of the small group who have survived a man-made plague that has wiped out most of the rest of the Earth's population. Characters including Toby, Zeb, and Snowman-the-Jimmy act and interact to create a dark, funny, intelligent tale that is being called "vintage Atwood." The Monitor's review of "Maddaddam" is available here.