The Year of the Flood: A Novel

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Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2009 - Fiction - 434 pages
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The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood.The Year of the Floodis 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 Floodis Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.

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But happily, Atwood is a much better writer than that. - LibraryThing
The ending is satisfying and unsatisfying at once. - LibraryThing
She adds enough new plotline to make it interesting. - LibraryThing
Like it all should be a happy ending. - LibraryThing
Still, I do like Atwood's writing - most of the time. - LibraryThing
Droll, satirical humour, and a devilish ending. - LibraryThing

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A fringe religious group is teaching about environmental harmony in a world that is progressively becoming more tightly controlled, more wasteful, and more out of sync with the environment around it ... Read full review

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As the follow-up to Oryx and Crake, this is both a disappointment and refreshing. Rather than begin where the first book of the trilogy left off, this one explores entirely new communities and ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Man Booker Prize. In 2008 she was awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature.

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