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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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Compelling story... But very dark

It's a page turner , but leaves you fighting for the light. The musical interludes are surprisingly good.

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Much better than Oryx and Crake

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If you struggled through Oryx and Crake like I did (such a monotonous narrator!) Year of the Flood is a new experience. All the narrators perform very well, and while the story still sags in places, when it needs to move along it's very engaging.

There's plenty of 'time hopping' as different narrators speak in different tenses.

The only real drawback is the needless songs at the end of every Adam One sermon. They really don't seem to add much, and towards the end feel completely inappropriate, but they keep on. I suppose it was probably a nice experience for Atwood and the production team, but is probably only entertaining for the most diehard fans.

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An okay tale. Nothing great.

I expected more considering this is an Atwood story, but I'd rate it as average overall. Further, the songs were annoying as hell. Thank god for the fast forward function.

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In the middle.....

I didn't realize this was the 2nd book of a series until after I bought it but after some quick research, I decided I didn't need to read the first book.

I was disappointed in this alternative world--it was too similar to our current one implants were bimplants, etc. I found the Gardeners extremely annoying & skipped their blah sermons & the horrible music.

With that said, I do think Atwood is a gifted writer and the Ren and Toby characters kept me interested, mostly. Enough so that I may actually *read* MaddAddam. But, also because Aronofsky is making it into a movie and I dig his work!

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excellent

very much enjoyed this science fiction work. I'm moving right on to the next in the trilogy. everything was supurb, the performance of the readers, the prose of the author, and the inginuity of the story.

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Pretty terrible

I loved The Handmaid's Tale. I also liked Oryx and Crake, Book one of the trilogy for The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood is talented. She can really write. She can make characters draw you into their story and pull you along and make you keep reading or listening to find out what the heck is going to happen. However she really dropped the ball in this one. Who the heck edited this thing? What a let them. The characters were not attractive. Their stories are lame. The plot was not engaging. I always try to look for something positive in the books that I read. However, sadly,The Year of the Flood does not deserve my praise. Book 1 was really good. I will not be reading book 3.

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Good second book in the series

This entry in the MadAddam series elaborates more on what happened outside of Jimmy's life, with a lot more about the Gardeners. It's not quite as addictive as Oryx and Crake, but good! I like the dual performances by Toby and Ren, and Adam 1.

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My least favorite Atwood book yet

What disappointed you about The Year of the Flood?

The story was mediocre, the audio book was filled with horrendous songs no one should have to listen through. Books don't need songs. If you're going to add lyrics, just read them.
The story, a continuation of Oryx and Crake dragged painfully. The story of a vegan cult that survives a plague was tedious and until it began to intersect more directly with the first book dragged painfully.

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Disappointing

So disappointing after book 1. Couldn't get through it. The religious sermons and sing-alongs are painful to hear.

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Love!

Not crazy about the music, but the story, performance, and the lyrics are fantastic! One of my favorite books!