available now, Nan A. Talese
Why we’re reading it: Margaret Atwood has a way with words, and her stories are usually a wonderful combination of touching, terrifying, and devastatingly funny. MaddAddam is the last book in her trilogy, the first two of which are 2003’s Oryx and Crake, and 2009’s The Year of the Flood. If you’ve already read those two, you likely don’t want to miss this one, but if you haven’t, fear not: Atwood gives you a summary at the beginning of MaddAdam to catch you up.
Our favorite Atwood: Alias Grace (1996). Unlike much of Atwood’s speculative fiction, Alias Grace pulls you into the past, retelling the true-ish story of two murders in Canada in 1843.