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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

The Year of the Flood (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Margaret Atwood (Author)

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Title:The Year of the Flood
Authors:Margaret Atwood (Author)
Info:Anchor (2010), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (2009)

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While Oryx and Crake is about extinction, The Year of the Flood is about survival, God and resilience. Toby and Ren both grew up among the God's Gardeners, a vegan eco-cult growing their own food, medicine, living on recycled materials in a peaceful commune. They also believe in the Waterless Flood that will wipe out humanity, and prepare to survive it by stockpiling food in shelters. Toby and Ren's story runs parallel to Oryx and Crake and describes life on the pleeblands.

We witness many forms of struggle for survival in flashbacks - Toby's parents, her flight from home and then from Blanco, the God's Gardener's self-sustaining survivalism, new identities, even the Painballers. These survival skills come in handy during and after the plague.

This is a very different book from Oryx and Crake. Much of it is quasi-religious sermons and hymns of the God's Gardeners. Atwood is a brilliant writer and I liked a book a lot, but there was a bit too much preachiness that dragged on especially in the first half of the book. Oryx and Crake was a tighter story. I did enjoy the parts where the two touched a lot. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Love it. Writing and story. ( )
  ibkennedy | Aug 19, 2018 |
A continuation of the MaddAdam Series, Margaret Attwood spins a companion tale to Oryx and Crake masterfully, combining timelines at the end.
(Read Oryx and Crake first, if you wish, but upon completion of The Year Of The Flood, it isn't necessarily a requirement. The two stories in Oryx and Crake are merely hinted at and hardly overlap.)

If you enjoy apocalypses brought on by human stupidity, Gross capitalism becoming a worldwide disease, genetic engineering and biowarfare, as well as survival stories, this series is for you. As much as the jargon is a bit difficult to get used to, the tale Attwood spins is beautiful and delicate, but holds up under pressure.

The Year Of The Flood follows two women as they grow and mature through the story, with the "Waterless Flood" imminently in their future...but nobody knows exactly when, or what, is meant by that. One of the radical groups, called The Gardeners, claims to have an idea..... ( )
  m_mozeleski | May 13, 2018 |
I was quite confused when I started this book. I guess I didn't do my research to see that it didn't immediately follow Oryx and Crake. The story was really good and I loved how parallels were made and you could see the first two books intertwining with one another. I had a hard time keeping characters straight and had to pay close attention to when each chapter took place. But, putting this effort in made it more enjoyable. I'm not sure how I feel about the Gardener chapter openings (monologue and song), but they definitely point to how talented Margaret Atwood is and how meticulous she is in her story planning. I'm excited to start the third and final book soon. ( )
  KatiBruneau | May 7, 2018 |
Absolutely loved Oryx and Crake and I'm glad to say this one was every bit as good. ( )
  thedreadcat | Apr 24, 2018 |
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Om Margaret Atwoods ”Syndaflodens år” kommer att räknas till de stora framtidsskildringarna går inte att säga ännu, men potentialen finns.
That it's funnier and less gruelling than The Handmaid's Tale owes much to Lorelei King's honey-coated reading and the enchantingly old-fashioned hymns from the God's Gardeners' Oral Hymn Book, sung by the equally honey-voiced Orville Stoeber. Now that's something you could never get from the printed page.
added by peterbrown | editThe Guardian, Sue Arnold (Oct 31, 2009)
In Hieronymus Bosch–like detail, Atwood renders this civilization and these two lives within it with tenderness and insight, a healthy dread, and a guarded humor.
"The Year of the Flood" is a slap-happy romp through the end times. Stuffed with cornball hymns, genetic mutations worthy of Thomas Pynchon (such as the rakuunk, a combined skunk and raccoon) and a pharmaceutical company run amok, it reads like dystopia verging on satire. She may be imagining a world in flames, but she's doing it with a dark cackle.
Personally, though, I prefer Atwood in a retro mood. I’d easily take “Alias Grace” or “The Blind Assassin” over the lucid nightmares of “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “Oryx and Crake.” But fans of those novels should grab a biohazard suit, crawl into a hermetically sealed fallout shelter, and dive right in.

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Who is it tends the Garden,
The Garden oh so green?

’Twas once the finest Garden
That ever has been seen.

And in it God’s dear Creatures
Did swim and fly and play;

But then came greedy Spoilers,
And killed them all away.

And all the Trees that flourished
And gave us wholesome fruit,

By waves of sand are buried,
Both leaf and branch and root.

And all the shining Water
Is turned to slime and mire,

And all the feathered Birds so bright
Have ceased their joyful choir.

Oh Garden, oh my Garden
I’ll mourn forevermore
Until the Gardeners arise,
And you to Life restore.

From The God’s Gardeners Oral Hymnbook
For Graeme and Jess
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In the early morning Toby climbs up to the rooftop to watch the sunrise.
Maybe sadness was a kind of hunger, she thought. Maybe the two went together.
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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. The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.

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.

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When a natural disaster predicted by God's Gardeners leader Adam One obliterates most human life, two survivors trapped inside respective establishments that metaphorically represent paradise and hell wonder if any of their loved ones have survived.

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