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
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.
First, you don't need to read Oryx and Crake to follow and appreciate this one. You could even read this one first. Margaret Atwood is an extraordinary author. She truly knows how to capture the characters and gravity of the situations they must endure.
The audio book is fantastic. All the readers (there are multiple, plus actual music ) deliver perfect performances capturing their respective characters with ease.
Can't wait to finish the next novel.
Margaret Atwood does not disappoint with the follow up to Oryx and Crake. The sequel is more of a retelling of the same story from the perspective of "The Gardeners" which I found to be really interesting.
The music at the end of many chapters wasn't great and I found myself turning it down or faster forwarding to get through it.
Male no mistake, I loved Oryx and Crake. I had pretty high hopes for this one too. But I just couldn't take the poxie religious songs after every sermon. The first one was stupidly funny in a poking-fun-at-Christians-trying-to-be-hip sort of way. But by the third song I was done. My bleeding ears couldn't take it any more.
The story was pretty slow too; mostly about a girl's indoctrination into an Eco-Christian cult. Yawn. Skip this one and let Oryx & Crake rest on its sudden ending.
Bernadette Dunne is an excellent narrator and really made the characters come alive. This book is filled with humor and a serious warning about man kind's true nature.
I got this title recommended to me from a friend... Needless to say I will not take her recommendations anymore. It is nothing less than weird. The story and plot go in so many directions. From a weird sex clan to people being made into burgers. Just no.
Compelling dystopian tale though some of the social commentary isn't the most nuanced or complex. I liked the recurrence of characters from Oryx and Crake and a further explanation of the events leading up to the first book. I could not stand Adam 1's songs in this audiobook. The music was painfully cheesy. Perhaps that was intentional...
There's something so folksy about this one. They're all wonderful, but this one is the most human and touching. And BONUS, the music is delightful.
I wanted this to be good as Oryx and Crake, one of my favorite books. It was ok, not great. The worst part, the element that was beyond stupid, were the idiotic songs/hymns at the end of various chapters. I had to skip these and, as I did so, was reminded each time of how annoyingly stupid they were.
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