The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.
Have others survived? Ren's bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers . . .
Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo'hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can't stay locked away . . .
By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.
©2009 Margaret Atwood; (P)2009 Random House
Agree with the first review by Valerie. The music was awful.
I do not agree with the other reviews though this was a great story. I had a hard time putting it down.
The singing was way too much. I had to fast forward.
I was eager to listen to this new book, because I had enjoyed Oryx and Crake. I am still listening but I keep wondering why?
If there were not songs in the book I would give it a 5. But I do not listen to audio books to hear bad singers sing songs.
Other than that it is great.
Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot.
flat performance. terrible teenage romance/drama? awful pseudo-Christian rock. definite come-down from first book. don't recommend.
This story takes a while to get off the ground. It didn't get interesting until about halfway through. The terrible narrators did not help the situation. From mispronouncing important words to having pretty much no emotional inflection in their voices, they were woefully miscast as Wren and Toby. However, the book fills out Oryx and Crake very well and what makes me want to read the next installment in the series. Only read if you are committed to reading the trilogy.
Not quite as absorbing as O & Q, but got better near the end where the stories converged. I had a little trouble with the timeline jumping around- probably not the case with the printed book.
Definitely could do without the songs - they were pretty bad. Narrators were very good however.
Margaret Atwood ladies and gentlemen, giving women nightmares since the eighties. [Applause]
This second book in the Maddaddam trilogy delves into the "pleb lands" where it seems that anything goes as long as it's making somebody money. This is not the world of Jimmy and Crake but the world of Toby and Ren, two women who survive such horrific treatment by everyone that the weird hippy cult they live in really does seem great. While moving through the story I thought the way Toby did - this stuff is stupid and crazy but I'll go with it. But if I lived in that world I would have loved to be in that cult. I skipped over most of the preaching and singing though. I felt like it added very little to the narrative and was a sort of atmosphere-creating tool instead of a plot-moving one. Once you read one sermon and song you've basically got the gist of all of them.
The first half of the book was so slow-going that I almost quit on it but the second half was exciting, horrifying, and well, so dystopian. I liked Toby and understood her but Ren I struggled with. I dislike her in a mildly irritated way. She's a stupid girl. I see her as typical white trash. A grown woman who hasn't matured since she was twelve and is still hanging on to feelings for a shitty boyfriend she had as a teen. I've suffered from long-lasting heartache as much as the next homo sapien but not over someone who was clearly just an asshole. Alright, so I don't need to relate to a character to enjoy reading about them. Why was I having such a problem with Ren's story line? I think there were a handful of factors. Her part of the story is told in first person which makes me feel like I'm reading a whiney teenager's diary full of angst. Toby's story is in third person and despite her doubts about herself, or maybe because of them, she exudes maturity and strength. Toby matured and developed while Ren remains a child to the end. And because Ren is basically stupid I feel like she has very little substance. She's barely a character because she mostly just gets swept along. When she does make choices they are very unwise and emotional ones. Toby gets swept along but is observant, speaks up for herself, thinks things through. This makes Toby seem solid and real while Ren is a puff of air.
This wasn't a bad book and since I've read two of the series and sort of gotten used to living in the flow of this story I'm going to read the last book. I hope it isn't as slow as this one sometimes was but even if it is I feel it will be worth my time.
Book one was intriguing and the narration was wonderful. This one was a complete miss for me.
The 3 narrators did an amazing job bringing the story to life. the music was really cheesy though, there are a lot of really good gospel music talent in Toronto they could have gone to.
I <3 books, books and more books.
You know that magic you had reading as a child? The newness of an entire world, cradled in the papery soft pages of a book? That feeling that this world was kept a secret until the moment you discovered it? I've read a lot of books since then, always chasing that magical feeling, and now I've had it again with Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam series. An entirely new world to fall into, with new creatures, new people, voices I've never heard before. The writing is phenomenal, the story line is perfectly paced. The voices of the narrators are so spot on that you forget you are in the real world and are whisked away into the story. I don't want to describe anything because I want you to experience it completely on your own. Do yourself a favor and listen to all three in a row. Like me, you'll plan to listen to them again, but slower this time : )
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