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 ...
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. "From the Hardcover edition."
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In 'The Year of the Flood," Margaret Atwood revisits the world she built in Oryx and Crake. This time, however, we see the action through the point of view of two women with passing ties to the ridiculed 'God's Gardeners' group from the first novel. Ren and Toby, having survived the "waterless flood" by being barricaded within a sex-club and a spa, respectively, are two strong individuals who find themselves physically isolated and completely in the dark as to who else has survived. With no idea whether their friends and loved ones are alive, they must decide what course to take; stay hidden, alone, and safe, or venture out to see what can be salvaged of the world.
Far from being a novel of desperation, this narrative shift results in a much different tone from Oryx and Crake, with more hope, more tenderness, and more optimistic protagonists. There are still incredibly disturbing elements, but the novel stubbornly clings to the idea that even in the darkest hour after a catastrophe, some element of human kindness and ingenuity will remain intact.
I really enjoyed 'The Year of the Flood,' as I do most of Atwood's works; her narrative voice is rich and intelligent, and her characters are always well developed and believable.
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