Reading challenge; A dystopian novel

Time for another reading challenge update!

Actually, no so excited about this one. My book of choice was Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam. How I’d looked forward to reading this book! It’s the last part of trilogy that started with Oryx & Crake, followed by The Year of the Flood; both of which I really liked – it’s not for nothing I’ve read them twice. The fact that it took me almost 2 weeks to get through MaddAddam wasn’t only because I was distracted by feminist comics. There was something about this book that just left me a bit meh.

Part of me wants to blame the Swedish translation. It felt as if, at times, it just didn’t read that well. At the same time. I don’t think the translation was necessarily bad, but it seemed to lack in flow, which makes it slightly more difficult to follow. I kept getting stuck in throughts about language. Then again, maybe I just wasn’t interested in this story, and that was why my mind wandered? You can’t like all the books. Unfortunately.

About 200 pages in I was slightly more interested in the story – hey, pigs (er, well, sort of pigs..) collaborating with people to bring down the bad guys? If I was PMS:ing I’d cry because that’s a beautiful idea. However, if it wasn’t for the reading challenge, I hate to say it, but it’s more than likely I’d left this story unread.

In theory, I don’t understand why MaddAddam leaves me cold. A story set in a world where most of the human population has been eradicated by a biological catastrophe (who doesn’t love this scenario??), the few left have to find creative ways to survive, oh and there’s a bit with a bear and I want to say Arctic tundra too – it was someplace up north, probably not the Arctic, but since having read The Expedition: A Love Story I imagine all places up north to be the Arctic – and, there are characters that I know and love – I should at the very least like it. I’ve read worse, but I don’t think I’ll read it again.

Is it just me? Is it any better in English?



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