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
Excellent reader...very good book...went back and listened to Oryx and Crake again after listening to "Flood"....enjoyed it more! Atwood is funny and right on.
If The Blind Assassin was Atwood's best work, this is without doubt her worst. I was hugely disappointed in this supposed sequel to Oryx and Crake which was a fairly decent novel. I was totally sick of the reader's voice, the plot, (a waterless flood?) was almost non-existent and the overall effect was chick-lit dystopia. Add to that way too much quasi-religious music and what you have is a big waste.
totally a necessary read for the plot building.
I could have gone without the hymns but overall loved the book and it is a good foundation to begin tying the story of snowman to the rest of the characters.
Good thing about audible is you can fast forward. Adam 1 is a bit over used and the songs didn't add anything to the story. Other story lines were great and tied in well with the 1st book in series.
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.
I don't often write reviews but I felt like I had to justify the performance rating of a 3. The narrators were great but I really did not care for the added songs. I always rushed to skip them, I know others disagree but I found them very disruptive.
As for the story, also mentioned by other reviews it adds very little to the world created in the first book. It was still a great listen and well worth it but the author does seem to have chosen a point in time she does not want to write past, and to be honest I was hoping the plot would move foreword night sideways.
Overall still with worth a listen but not as exciting or dynamic as book one.
I loved the parallel storyline from the girls perspective. I've always wanted authors to do this. To tell the story from another, less seemingly important characters perspective. It took me a few mentions to realize that jimmy was really THE jimmy from Oryx and Crake. I wished I had the physical copy of the books so I could go back and see what he had thought and said and did at the same time. Very much looking forward to MaddAddam. One thing, I could have done without the music but it DID add to the story. I felt it gave deeper insight into the Gardners life and views (as if we didn't know enough already.) I agree with other reviewers that it is rather slow in the beginning but it pays off about halfway through and there really is no other way to set up the situation without all of the first half.
In Oryx and Crake Atwood showed us a post-post-apocalyptic world and some of the events that lead to it from the point of view of a single, sometimes shallow, but generally sympathetic and semi-bumbling male character. The Year of the Flood provides a refreshing feminine perspective and a broader view of the world and the culture that created it. It's a fine and enjoyable story and it gives the reader greater appreciation for the first book as well, as the sense of context grows and an intricate web interconnecting the characters begins to become visible.
The two volumes are far better appreciated in tandem than individually. If you read Oryx and Crake and had doubts about continuing the series, please give this volume a serious try. It will surprise and delight you.
The use of multiple readers lends a great deal of richness to this audiobook and each of the readers does excellent work.
It weaved the characters together, and expanded on the plot from book 1. Make sure to read book 1 "Crane & Orxy" first.
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