This is a well-written "end of the world as we know it" book that reminds me of 1950's science fiction. Those old sci-fi tales warned of the dangers of the new atomic age while this author envisions a future where genetic engineering has gone wild.
I don't object to the non-linear time line of the book and I don't agree with those that feel that the ending is a mystery. Careful readers will pick up on the big clue Atwood gives us at the end.
I enjoyed book one of this trilogy but this second book is unbearable! Throughout book one the female main character dealt with the patriarchal society in which she lived by using her intellect, her wit and, at times, her physical strength and skill with weapons. Usually she anticipated her opponent's next move. Always she was subversive. I wanted her to win.
Book two however, has a lot of in-your-face male bashing. It's over the top with its preaching.
Sorry but I just can't finish listening to this one.
The history of zero turns out to be an interesting subject. I enjoyed this book but must agree with other reviewers that had difficulty with the narration. It's distracting.
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