Atwood fan rejoice! The final in the Maddaddam triology (which includes Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood) is here and, unsurprisingly, it is a wonderful read. In fact, even those who haven’t had a chance to read the first two books can quite easily pick it up (there’s a handy little synopsis of the story so far at the beginning). Maddaddam unravels the events leading up to the plague that destroyed society as we knew it. Through the eyes of Toby, a former member of the religious group God’s Gardeners, and Zeb, whose childhood was shaped by a quite different religion, the novel traverses issues as diverse as human nature, bio-engineering, religion, legacy, sustainability, collapse and the future of our world. Atwood paints a reality that is detailed, convincing and horrifying but her writing is hilarious and heartwarming. A truly great read that challenges you to contemplate what sort of world ours might become.