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.
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.
Not quite as good, but overall a worthy sequel to Oryx and Crake. Great character building, especially for the character of Toby. Atwood expands her vision of a dystopian futuristic society and does so just as brilliantly as before. The switching between characters and timelines is less fluent here, but the tension these jumps create within the larger story is still effective. Recommended for anyone who has already read and enjoyed the first book.
Yes especially if you plan to read/listen to the whole series. It occurs during and after the Oryx and Crake timeline in the same world. It's a bit harder to take with all the religious fervor, the actual songs started to get annoying after a awhile, but it all rings true to human nature and is makes the group seem so much more believable. Furthermore there is some important character development. Another positive is that you realize Atwood really did her research, the saints and feast days etc. really refer to real people and their associated fields of study, such as Jane Goodall and the apes. If you don't like "tree huggers" or religious people (based on western Christian norms) you'll really have a hard time getting through this book, but it's all follows our social norms well and to scary logical conclusions.
Love the futuristic vision, intertwined characters and rebirth theme. Well written, engaging, and entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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