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The Year of the Flood: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2 | [Margaret Atwood]

The Year of the Flood: MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2

Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. 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?
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Publisher's Summary

Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species, and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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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  • ben
    2/15/15
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    "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;
    Cryptonomicon: excellent
    Bring up the bodies; good (not as good as wolf hall)
    The corrections; very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patch
    Staffordshire
    4/6/14
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    Story
    "Still confused"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandor
    banbury, oxon, United Kingdom
    1/31/14
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    Story
    "Second in the trilogy"
    If you’ve listened to books by Margaret Atwood before, how does this one compare?

    At the end of Oryx and Crake we are left on a cliff hanger so here the story continues.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I thought Lorelei King was a great reader, with the right voice for the story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London
    7/15/13
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    "Much maligned, but wronged"
    What made the experience of listening to The Year of the Flood the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tobi's strength of purpose is compelling, but the subtle characterisation of Ren is also a pleasure.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    4/19/13
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    "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!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    alberton johannesburg, South Africa
    11/15/10
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary Close
    Tiptree
    10/10/09
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    "Year of the flood and awful hymns"

    I would have enjoyed this book far more without the sermons and the hymns. I like to listen to books when I'm running and it was annoying to either have to listen to these all the way through or stop and forward the audiobook. Story was good, narrator was excellent and would definitely buy more Attwood.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    11/24/10
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    "Sank without trace"

    The Year of the Flood is one of those books that you only select because you know the ?credentials? of the author, the synopsis sounds interesting and the narrator, Lorelia King is a professional and delivers - but not really understanding just what you are letting yourself in for!

    The first hymn had me frantically trying to find the iPod volume control and I must admit that I was in two minds whether to give up on the book and write it off as one of the turkeys that you inevitably purchase or to persevere and see how it goes.

    I battled on but the plot was tedious with absolutely no depth or feeling to the characters and I must admit it was a struggle.

    Would I have bought the book if I had known what lay ahead ? I don?t think so!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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