The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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.

Baker & Taylor
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, while the outside world is overcome by gene-spliced life forms.

Blackwell North Amer
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 Pain-ballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Pain-ball 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, but they can't stay locked away.

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385528771
0385528779
9780307455475
Branch Call Number: FIC ATWOOD
Characteristics: 434 p. ;,25 cm

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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.

Central to this tale of speculative post-apocalyptic fiction is the friendship between two women – Ren the Gardener and Toby the Dancer– who are quite possibly amongst the last people alive after a designer virus has obliterated most of humanity. Another book by Atwood which is also scarily relev... Read More »

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, while the outside world is overcome by gene-spl... Read More »

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, while the outside world is overcome by gene-spl... Read More »

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, while the outside world is overcome by gene-spl... Read More »


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jeana12
Aug 07, 2017

One of my favorite books by her. It is an absolute must read and the best novel of this three part series.

zentrixy Mar 26, 2016

The female perspective from this wild and clever dystopian world brought to us by Margaret Attwood. In comparison to the male dominated tone of Oryx and Crake, which pulled me in to this trilogy with such excitement and danger like a whirlpool. Where would we be without Snowman's journey? I can't say one book is better over the other. Like all gods creatures, these two books are both equally valuable and necessary. In The Year of The Flood I ask myself who did I NOT relate to? All of the female characters are so unique, different and revealing of the human psyche. Everyone should read this trilogy, I don't go a day now without thinking of the plight of The Gardeners as the water pours from my shower head or sink faucet. Not a day goes by that I don't consider their ingenuity and knowledge! Please be kind with Mother Nature, live your life with compassion and love, surround yourself with light, as The Gardeners would say! I'm on to the next one.

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karin66
Sep 04, 2015

Like I said for Oryx and Crake, so unlike what I usually read, mysteries, thrillers. But I enjoyed it even if it has somewhat of a cliffhanger for an ending but now that MaddAddams is out I can't wait until I get a chance to read it.

acecarruthers May 25, 2015

I'm really enjoying Year of the Flood - more than Oryx and Crake. It is compelling to read about complex and thoughtful female characters in a dystopic story as the genre tends so often to focus on men's experiences.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 17, 2014

This follow-up to "Oryx and Crake" doesn't match the ingenuity of that masterpiece, but it's a fascinating tale anyway. Compelling characters in extreme situations.

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KendraMc
Oct 08, 2014

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.

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Yuletide
May 11, 2014

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.

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herbel
Mar 10, 2014

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...

CranbrookDarrel Feb 14, 2014

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

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PhyllisJeanne
Feb 09, 2014

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!

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