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The Year of the Flood

A Novel
Atwood, Margaret (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Title: The year of the flood
a novel
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 434 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 9780385528771
0385528779
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATWOOD 2009
Subject Headings: Environmental disasters Fiction Regression (Civilization) Fiction
Genre/Form: Dystopias
Science fiction
Topical Term: Environmental disasters
Regression (Civilization)
LCCN: 2009005901
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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. A natural disaster has obliterated most of human life, and a band of survivors plan for a new world. Provocative, funny, and inspiring.

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--... Read More »


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Oct 08, 2014
  • KendraMc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was an OK book but Oryx and Crake was way better. If it was another author I'd say it wasn't bad but it really isn't the quality we normally expect from Ms Atwood.

I sooo LOVED this book! Never read Margaret Atwood before, I know I know, but really liked this! Able to see where it came from - and where we seem to be heading in this book. But then I love apocalyptic stories! It may not be for everyone.

I suppose I have to be the one to say the emperor is wearing no clothes.
I have enjoyed much of Atwood's works, but this is not one of them. Maybe I should have read Oryx and Crake first...
One criticism on Canada Reads is that this book is emotionless. I have to agree. Atwood seems to have delighted in creating new words. It reads a bit like an academic treatise or government document full of information but no heart. There is a disparaging tone, an underlying voice of haughtiness. I understand why this was the first book to be eliminated from Canada Reads...

A brilliant story of two contrasting women’s survival in a rapidly deconstructing society.

I've attempted to read Orris and Crake several times but just couldn't relate! I do admire Margaret Atwood and have read most of her work over the years...Cat's Eye being my favourite. Several of my reader friends have said this one is fascinating and more readable so I'm going to give it a try!

This is one of the picks for "Canada Reads 2014," and that is the reason I decided to read it. I had 4 books come in at the same time (Annabel, Cockroach, Half-blood Blues and The Year of the Flood,) and I left this one for last, as I am not a real "Atwood" fan. Well....surprise, surprise, so far it is my favourite! (and honestly, the only one that I look forward to picking up, not just getting through.) I put down Steven King's "Dark Tower" series, to start on this Canada Reads journey, and funny enough, I am getting similarity vibes between the those books, and this one. (not something I would ever have expected!) I will be comparing the two (King/Atwood) as I continue on this journey, and pick a fave author when I get both series finished......Jan 19, I'm on about page 118, and there is definitely the same flavour between the Dark Tower series and this book. I was enjoying it, but then thought that I would download the audiobook and listen to it as I read along in the book, (just to practice downloading and using the audiobook section of this website, and practice using all my little electronic gadgets that go with it,) well, listening to the book has made it even more enjoyable, the narrator (I believe it is Bernadette Dunne,) is great, and they even have a male voice for Adam One, and the Gardener hymns are sung to music! I highly recommend doing this, it makes a good book even better! (and if your eyes get tired, you can just close them and continue listening for awhile.).....Just listened to "Oh Sing We Now The Holy Weeds," and had a good chuckle!.....Jan 26, I only have an hour to go on this according to the audiobook, and it just keeps getting better and better. I just read Enviro_Mental's comment, and I am surprised that he/she didn't like it. The audiobook is still fantastic.

Jan 24, 2014
  • Enviro_Mental rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Margaret Atwood is one of my favourites authors if not the most favourite. However, I was quite disappointed with this book. I only read part of it and I just couldn't finish it. It was boring compare to her other works. It just kept going on and on and never having a point to the story (I thought). When I read her books usually the first page or chapter will capture me but this one really left me floating in the middle of the ocean.

Because of ice conditions and being physically challenged (a fall would be an instant fracture accordingto my Rheumatologist and radiologist. I want to receive The Yearof the Flood and as soon as my driveway is safe and the libraryis openI will pick up the book. Thank you for your consideration.

Lillian Given (905294 1808)

Thank goodness the town closed the libraries. Not onlydooes it protect the public, but also assures the safetyof its employees.

Nov 02, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Year of the Flood took me some time to warm to. Margaret Atwood has a habit of writing a mixture of black humor dystopian and outright ridiculousness. But midway through the book I found it difficult to put down. The pace quickened without losing the character-driven aspects of the novel. Yay!

Unfortunately, just as I couldn't put it down, it ended. About two chapters shy of an actual ending. It's the second of a series, which I didn't realize when I started it, so maybe...there's a third book coming?

Anyway, this is good if you enjoy political satire dystopian novels with dry humor, a language all their own, and admirable female characters.

Aug 09, 2013
  • danomcd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome story - I loved how it wasn't a normal prequel or sequel to Oryx and Crake but rather interwove through the existing world that she had created.

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