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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 158

MaddAddam is the third book in Margaret Atwood’s trilogy of the same name. It depicts a future world where civilization as we know it has been obliterated, and the few remaining humans must learn to live alongside genetically modified creatures. In the previous two books, Atwood explored scientist Crake's belief in the need to destroy most human beings in order to cleanse the world’s ills, promote a consciousness of ethics, and save the environment. In MaddAddam, she further explores the idea that the apocalypse may have been essential and the only way to create a utopia. As is true of the creator of any world, Atwood relies heavily on mythmaking to engender a body of thought that will mold a civilization. As the inhabitants of the new world put the myths into action and build a community from scratch, however, they exhibit human flaws and weaknesses, which may suggest that a truly utopian world is impossible.

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