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The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.

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

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Dystopian future expanded

In this worthy second volume of a trilogy Atwood greatly expands and changes the narrative that she began in Oryx and Crake. In this volume we get a range of characters (Wren, Toby, and members of the Gardeners) each of whom has a new perspective. This serves to flesh out a story that in the first volume was told exclusively through the eyes of Snowman/Jimmy. To make this even more explicit, this audiobook has three narrators. I just have to say that one of the kooky delights of this book is the singing of Adam One's songs--they sound like the really schmaltzy Christian rock of my youth but the lyrics are the words of an eco cultist leader.

Unlike the first volume though there is more satire. As each narrator tells their story, Atwood seems to be taking pokes at our organic obsessed modern culture. Other bits that get their share of jibes, are the strippers and their wealthy clients, and the general culture of sex commercialism. I think Atwood has a very realistic and healthy perspective on the kinds of people who inhabit those worlds (strippers, prostitutes, voyeurs, and the like). None of the writing seems in the least mean-spirited or shallow.

The characters become very real--Amanda in the first volume just the one time girlfriend is actually realized in this book as an actual, three dimensional character with a backstory and nuance. Toby is the strong survivor character and Wren (I presume this is the spelling but I don't have a copy of the print book) is likable but kind of weak. And yes, Jimmy and Glen show up too. So the pandemic that is seen through the eyes of the lone survivor in the first book turns out to have more survivors but true victims as well.

This is a strong book and even though the story is an expansion and continuation of the first book, it can be read (or listened to) as a stand alone as well. But it is more richly enjoyed I think when paired with the first book and I now look forward to Monday when I will get the third book, Madadam.

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She did it again!

Hooked me on the story, using every vacant moment to listen to the rest. Amd in the audiobook you benefit of getting the prayrs an psalms presented in a very realistic way!

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I’m engrossed by the story

But, the music detracts from the book for me 😕 I actually found myself skipping over the songs.

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  • Leace
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  • 11-21-17

Music annoying

Enjoyed the story. Music was annoying. Fortunately it was located at the end of segments so it was easy to skip.

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Loved the story but

Found the musical numbers very annoying and unnecessary. The narration was really great besides that.

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Not my cup of tea

Not my cup of tea. Futuristic unreal and not interesting for my taste. I also do not like this style of writing, letting the scene expose itself gradually so one really does not know what is going on until later. I was going to get her other books, but if they are anything like this (I hear they are), will not.

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Jonmont

huge fan I love her work getting ready for Maddadam. The Snowman is one of my favorite characters, but after this book it shines a different light on his character.

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Yet another fascinating page (tune?) turner!

Yet another fascinating page-turner (yes, despite my having listened to it rather than read it!). I cannot stop envying Atwood for her ingenuity with regards to plot construction - the elegance with which she intertwines the different storylines in the book but also with those from the first book of the trilogy is marvelous! And she has almost managed to achieve a great balance between distopic and realistic writing - or this is just my impression from being enveloped in this trilogy. Either way, the whole trilogy is enthralling so far!

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Great book, good narration but whose idea were the

Excellent, thoughtful sequel to Oryx and Crake. The narration is very good as well. But be warned; every 6 or 8 chapters someone actually sings a song that must be part of the book. They are jarring and none too good. I can't help but wonder who came up with that idea. Not enough to ruin the experience but be prepared.

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Fantastic book! Great series! Really bad songs.

I love this book! the series is phenomenal! It's so compelling with so many little webs through out the three books that I could listen to them again and again! The narrators do a really fantastic job!

The only complaint I have is that there are songs through out the book that are just absolutely terrible. They are contextually relevant hymns that for some reason the director chose to present as fully produced songs with full back up and instrumentation even when that makes no sense plot wise. They are just awful, tacky, cheesy, over the top and unnecessary. I had to skip over every one. Once you skip them it doesn't hurt the plot at all so they don't really hurt the story. it just sort of take you out of it a bit.

Totally worth the listen!