Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived? And what are the odds for the human race?
By turn's dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most effective.
©2009 O.W. Toad. All rights reserved. Margaret Atwood has asserted her right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Atwood's mischievous, suspenseful, and sagacious dystopian novel follows the trajectory of current environmental debacles to a shattering possible conclusion with passionate concern and arch humor." (Booklist)
"Another stimulating dystopia from this always-provocative author, whose complex, deeply involving characters inhabit a bizarre yet frighteningly believable future." (Kirkus Reviews)
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"Love this story"
My favourite book so far. I was very happy to hear the songs. Toby is the greatest but all the gardeners are like friends to me now. I like to repeat listen. An absolute joy. Perfect.
"Attwoodian vision of our future."
It is long and meandering, but a whole world is created that overwhelms you and is so real and potentially authentic that it becomes essential to revisit. There is so much to think about and respond to and aspects of the previous book: Oryx and Crake are revealed and re-examined in a different light. This is a future world that you can recognise and one in which we could all so easily slip into.
The first book, Oryx and Crake and obviously Madd Adam the final book in the trilogy. Perhaps also the Handmaid's Tale by Magaret Attwood or Cormac McCarthy's The Road and other apocalyptic visions of the future. However, Attwood's trilogy is more subtle, at times comic, but also potentially real. Genetic mutation of animals and humans is continuing apace and one aspect of this book is a fictional exploration of where the multi-national corporations could take this. There are so many reflections in our present that is the recent past in Jimmy's world that make our near future - their more recent past - seem so possible. It also looks at religion and interpretations of Christianity and the green movement melded together along with 'perfect' humanoid creatures: the children of Crake.
The whole book is revisiting in the same time frame the previous book Oryx and Crake. It gives us a different understanding and perspective on the first book. Everything stands out in a descriptive and narrative form that a description of any one scene would not do justice to a remarkable book.
The depiction of our potential future as we experiment with genetic manipulation of animals as we, mankind, continue to exploit animals for our own purposes. Other themes are about power and manipulation of people, violence and destruction of the world to an extent that what we know and expect to be are destroyed and survival is all that is left. How could we survive if our present is destroyed. What would we do? This trilogy examines these themes.
Warning: This is compelling writing. It sucks you into a future world that makes you interpret our present more critically. If you can, start with Oryx and Crake first, and then listen to The Year of the Flood followed by Madd Adam.
An excellent sequel. Very much looking forward to the next one. Such excellent writing. So believable. Layering the stories is such great way to comment on different people's perception of the same events. Thoroughly enjoyable.
"More "Ooze" than "Flood""
I thought Lorelei King's interpretation of Margaret Atwood's characterizations were phenomenal. The book switches narrative styles cunningly - imbuing each principle character with a psychology and personality relayed by Ms. King through careful audio interpretation.
Listening to one character slowly lose her grasp on reality, only to be reunited with old friends in the nick of time.
Not aware of having done so.
I would suggest that this part of the trilogy should not be filmed (unless as a brief summary flashback). I think it slams the breaks on the pace and tone of the first book, and purely serves to flesh out some marginal characters from the first book.
I did feel that this was a very slow story - there was a palpable tense undercurrent which simmers throughout, but the few moments of excitement are short lived, and the occasional conclusion (e.g. with Toby's tormentor) seem a bit anticlimactic considering you've listened to her panic about him for 11 hours...
"Re hash of oryx and crake"
A re hash of the original book; oryx and crake, told from an alternative character. The same world, the same outcome, boring characters no new insights. No new story just a lot of singing and cod philosophy from a cult figure. This ain't a good story. Sorry Atwood.
My current standards;
Bring up the bodies; good (not as good as wolf hall)
The corrections; very good
Book 1 in this series was confusing in parts, or perhaps intentionally mysterious about what was going on. It ended on a cliff hanger, just as I thought I'd got the gist of it, so I was excited to start book 2. It does not pick up where book 1 leaves off. It tells a concurrent story of different and intertwined characters leading up to the same point, with different narrator, and hugely irritating long sections about a particular cult's theology combined with unnecessary and awful 'hymns'. However, all that being said, it was still intriguing and there was a little thrill each time one recognised a crossroads with book one events and characters. Halfway through this book I nearly gave up and wasn't planning to bother with book 3' but having soldiered on, I find myself needing to listen to book 3 and hope for a full reveal and satisfying conclusion.
So in conclusion, if you like slightly surreal and intriguing literature, which is undoubtedly well written, and are ready for the long haul, then go for it.
"Second in the trilogy"
At the end of Oryx and Crake we are left on a cliff hanger so here the story continues.
I thought Lorelei King was a great reader, with the right voice for the story.
This is quite a long trilogy, the first book is pretty gripping but during the second ( this book ) and the third the story does become a little predictable, I made it through though and didn't feel cheated.
"Much maligned, but wronged"
This is a great matching of text and narrator. The characters are fully developed and complex, evolving and deepening through the novel. This is character driven, so those expecting standard SF fare will be disappointed.
Tobi's strength of purpose is compelling, but the subtle characterisation of Ren is also a pleasure.
Lorelei King is one of my favourite readers, her voice slips over the text, so that you are barely aware that you are being read to
There has been lots of discussion about the hymns. I think this is part of the subtle humour of the text. Having been raised on "Hymns Ancient and Modern" I can truly say that this captures the banality of religious music beautifully.
"Least enjoyable audiobook to date"
I am a huge follower of MA so was so disappointed with this audio. Reading was sanctimonious and the singing unbearable. Towards the end, I had to FF over chapters in the voice of Adam One. I'm not sure if this is her best work. Not nyrally as riveting as Oryx and Crake. A bit self-indulgent maybe. Embarrasing references to Canadian "saints". We are much too cool for this. Sorry Magaret!
"The Year of the Flood"
This book is without doubt the worst audio book I have ever bought.The story line is way too long the hymns are awfull.I found myself wishing the book would end. Margaret should go back to her previous job and give up writing.
The story line is tedious with irritating sermons and characters that do not have any deapth.
I found no humor in this book.
The life within gods gardeners revolved around adam 1 who was one dimensional and the two female characters.An audio book must grab you and take you on a journey this book took me no where.
This is the first book of over 200 audio books that I refuse to finish.
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