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update YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ORYX AND CRAKE FIRST The Year of the Flood is not a sequel even though goodreads lists it as Maddadam trilogy 2 It slike a completely different story about the same event There is hardly any character crossover and absolutely zero information in Oryx and Crake that you need to love enjoy understand The Year of the Flood.I love that this story just dumps me off in the future Lots of things aren t explained It s written as if I already know what a vi update YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ORYX AND CRAKE FIRST The Year of the Flood is not a sequel even though goodreads lists it as Maddadam trilogy 2 It slike a completely different story about the same event There is hardly any character crossover and absolutely zero information in Oryx and Crake that you need to love enjoy understand The Year of the Flood.I love that this story just dumps me off in the future Lots of things aren t explained It s written as if I already know what a violet biolet is and have seen Mo Hairs on people on the street all my life I liked it It made for a sort of culture shock that gave me a nice distance from this harsh new world.I ve grown fearful of reading Margaret Atwood over the past few years I adore her writing but the characters can be so awful to each other and the stories can be painful and depressing They can make me loathe the human race and that s not me I actually like human beings and I truly believe we re made to be good So I was beyond pleased that this book features sweet characters with faith and heart who care for each other and their world And Bonus There was just a modicum of girl on girl betrayal And really, she did have it coming The Year of the Flood is a sequel to her 2003 book Oryx and Crake Those characters arrive here in the back quarter of the book They are both set in a post apocalyptic western nation, and explore the implications of many contemporary trends Although I share Atwood s concern about most of the problem sources she identifies, the book did at times feel a bit like a laundry list of the sins of the 20th and 21st centuries Of course, some of the dynamics she portrays are eternal, battles for power The Year of the Flood is a sequel to her 2003 book Oryx and Crake Those characters arrive here in the back quarter of the book They are both set in a post apocalyptic western nation, and explore the implications of many contemporary trends Although I share Atwood s concern about most of the problem sources she identifies, the book did at times feel a bit like a laundry list of the sins of the 20th and 21st centuries Of course, some of the dynamics she portrays are eternal, battles for power, desires for fulfillment, personal searches for meaning Atwood works multiple time lines, from year 1 to year 25 of the waterless flood, a never fully explained disaster that may be the result of viral infection caused by side effects of genetic engineering One can figure it out, but look to Oryx and Crake for further understanding I felt that the amount of time dedicated to her characters youth made it feel at times like a YA novel.Her focus is on a group known as the Gardeners a green organization dedicated to preparing for the coming flood by returning to as natural a state as possible, recycling wherever possible, growing their own food, minimizing their impact on the environment But human dynamics being what they are, even the greens are not immune to the sins that are a part of human nature And anyone who has been in a political or religious organization of any sort will recognize the sort of nit picking discussions she portrays here I liked the book and would recommend it Don t expect a masterpiece like Handmaid s Tale, but Atwood s alarm signals are worth heeding This is one of the most important and necessary novels written in the twenty first century so far It s relevant, it s powerful and it really is needed Go read it Margaret Atwood ended the world in Oryx and Crake She presented a vision of the future that wasn t too far removed from where the planet is heading And, in a way, this book is an answer to such environmental catastrophe Firstly though, it s worth mentioning that this isn t really a sequel, it s told alongside the events of the This is one of the most important and necessary novels written in the twenty first century so far It s relevant, it s powerful and it really is needed Go read it Margaret Atwood ended the world in Oryx and Crake She presented a vision of the future that wasn t too far removed from where the planet is heading And, in a way, this book is an answer to such environmental catastrophe Firstly though, it s worth mentioning that this isn t really a sequel, it s told alongside the events of the first book Atwood presents another vision here a vision of how we can or how we would work towards preventing environmental collapse It s the very best of speculative fiction because it plays with real world ideas and fears There s nothing in here that is implausible It s often marketed as a science fiction novel, but I would not quite call it science fiction because it adds nothing that couldn t one day be real And, unlike the harsh scientific solution to world s problems she delivers in Oryx and Crake, the ideas she discusses here arecompassionate The Gardeners are humanity s hope They are a radical green group that advocate living in a way far removed from the customs of standard society Recycling is their religion Reusing is their faith They work towards protecting mother earth in all her glory by minimising humanities impact on it They are a reactionary group, reacting against environmental collapse and a lack of resources that dominated the narrative of Oryx and Crake They are vegetarians and they live in their own private commune, boycotting consumerism and the pharmaceutical companies that control the population without them ever being aware of itBy covering such barren rooftops with greenery we are doing our small part in the redemption of God s creation from the decay and sterility that lies all around us, and feeding ourselves with unpolluted food into the bargain, Some would term our efforts futile, but if all were to follow our example, what a change would be wrought on our beloved PlanetThey believe the flood is coming, a symbolic collapse in which only the pure will survive in the new world after the old one has been destroyed by man s selfish ways They have extremely strong beliefs, but they are also practical and are willing to relinquish certain elements of their creed when faced with survivalist choices They are not entirely bigoted, and their leaders are far cleverer than they initially appear In such a group, Atwood presents a counterattack on man s current ways And when considering the state of the world today, the current environment protests by schools in Northern Europe, the surge in veganism and vegetarianism and an increased interest in maintaining what s left of the environment, Atwood s green cult feels very real and, in a way, a possible answer to the problems we are facing I feel like a group not unlike these could exist one day And Atwood really sympathises with their plight and efforts here It s a fantastic piece of writing and I m really intrigued to see exactly what the sequel does MaddAddam Trilogy1 Oryx and Crake 5 stars2 The Year of the Flood 5 stars3 MaddAddam 2 starsYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree Throughout my adult life, every time I ve set to fretting about something, if I have ever been composed of the proper combination of melancholy, apathy, and bitters to warrant the interest of my hovering mother, in a state of exasperation she always runs a line on me about perspective, about humbling myself by pondering the countless masses of people in the world who have it so much worse than me that I should always feel grateful, and that thinking otherwise is simply being small minded and se Throughout my adult life, every time I ve set to fretting about something, if I have ever been composed of the proper combination of melancholy, apathy, and bitters to warrant the interest of my hovering mother, in a state of exasperation she always runs a line on me about perspective, about humbling myself by pondering the countless masses of people in the world who have it so much worse than me that I should always feel grateful, and that thinking otherwise is simply being small minded and self obsessed Though I agree with her in spirit, I am prone to try and win an argument for the sake of it bad habit , and always retort with something along the lines of yes, let us follow that logic to its conclusion there is only one, most saddest little person who has it the worst of all in the whole wide world throughout all of time, and only he or she is deserving of coming face to face with his or her reality, and finding it regrettable and sadness worthy This is, of course, not what she meant, but the conversation which we have had a zillion times over the years, and which always concludes with two sets of hands in the air always leaves me thinking about what that actual, worst case scenario could be I think I have cracked it, folks it is being a female in a post apocalyptic scenario Of course, everyone has it rough when left to fight for basic survival in a wasteland after being pampered and defeated by the tough loving arms of a convenience based, desire inventing, force feeding, complex society for all of their lives Well, most everyone Though I make fun of them for their extreme lifestyles today, some of my old buddies who turned to some mutation of a freegan, survivalist mentality and started living in improvised homes in various woodland areas would be the first people I would actively seek out if the shit really went down and I had somehow managed to survive the initial death move You know, the folks who actually know how to build a fire with sticks and leaves, and can tell you which berries and mushrooms are poisonous rather than edible Hey, guys It s been awhile Sorry I cracked all those hippie militia jokes about you Heh Not fun for anyone, that whole End of the World thing, but man does having ladybits ever make shit worse Not only are you shake down able, potentially threatening, and edible to the surviving crazies with nothing left to lose and absolutely no laws or fearful penalties or even s governing their actions whatsoever, you are also, ummm, do I use a euphemism here You re fuckable Forcibly As are men, naturally, but the threat to females isvisceral as the gender unfortunately oft considered to be inferior, subservient, weaker, breakable, etc, particularly in the already deteriorated, woman munching dystopia presented here before the mass deaths begin I do not scoff at the plot twist in 28 Days Later, I find it probable I don t judge the Man s wife in The Road for her decision to wander out into the snowstorm, I sympathize with her The women in The Year of the Flood have it so much worse, too Though there are elements of survival y empowered female inspiration here, they are gratuitously punctuated by personal violations which would send a shiver down von Trier s spine.Even with gender aside, one of the recurrent nightmare themes in post apocalyptic tales is that every human being you encounter you must fear, though your initial response may be A human To survive with To communicate with Shit, I ll even talk to him about football if it means I get to use my vocal chords This is ill advised Approach with caution And a gun if you have one, because for some reason these post apocalyptic tales seem to consistently contain the obstacle of a severe shortage of guns considering the limited number of surviving humans, which is unfathomable to me as an American who has spent the majority of her life in Oklahoma and Texas In this novel, of course, that is covered by the fact that the Totalitarian Corporate Regime in thinly veiled control of society has done massive sweeps and disarmed almost all of its citizenry decades before The Year of the Flood , The Flood being the genetically engineered global pandemic which is the foundation of this story.Sorry, I keep deviating from the trail, here Being a woman on a decimated planet sucks, and that fact is one of theglaring themes of this, the second book in what is to become Atwood s MaddAddam Trilogy To highlight this point, the story is told primarily from the perspective of two female survivors, women who had seen firsthand some of the scariest sides of power mixed with violence mixed with sexuality even before the world completely fell apart I won t even go into why the human race was for the most part forcibly brought to extinction, as this is covered in the first novel, Oryx and Crake, told through the eyes of one of the main male characters who believes himself to be the remaining human on the ruins of this planet, and relates the tale of how he came to be so through a series of flashbacks Let s just say that the fact that the girl you love and pay to bang has started banging your hotter,sexually experienced, alcoholic bad boy friend without making him pay for it may not be the best reason tolash out on others, andyou re an asshole, Gene or Crake or whatever the fuuh, yeah, that book s pretty good too, so you should just read it Themes also addressed in both novels are the rape of the earth by technological advancement, disregard of various animal species and the almost sexualized desire for massive quantities of their flesh as meals and fancy clothes to the point of wiping them out completely and destroying their habitats even the strippers and prostitutes in the novel wear bird, lizard, and other animal costumes as a rule, just for one example , the potential threats and miracles behind gene splicing and other scientific attempts to play god , the role or lack thereof of spirituality in rising above ravenous earthly desires, and the overwhelming and ever increasing threat that is the governing powers of large corporations It s the whole Is the human race a parasite the earth will one day cure itself of Should some human come around and maybe help the earth along in that regard argument As this novel is what Atwood refers to as speculative fiction rather than some completely improbable sci fi scenario, her hand offers up a light pat rather than a shove she seems less preachy, andquestioning Ever the Justitia, she asks rather than says, speculates rather than feigning the prophet, weighs it all in the scales while leaving each side swinging up, down, up, down like the ticking of a pendulum This is one of the things that I particularly love about Atwood There is a final installment which as of now has no release date The first two have ended as installments are wont to do with cliffhangers I guess what I am feeling right now is the same thing that made me have to work until 4am at my old bookstore job just so those asshole kids could get their Harry Potter books the very second they came out I feel almost as impatient for the next book as I do for the next season of Dexter Damn you authors of serialized things and their shocking, open ended finales Also, good job I absolutely loved this book, one of the best I ever read Amazing how a writer can make up such a story, of an apocalyptic world caused by the waterless flood an man made plague..and what this self destruction does to the world of ours I remember loving Oryx and Crake for the weirdness and confronting character of the story, but I actually liked this one a bit better, contrary to other reviewers This because I was intrigued by and really liked the stories of the female main players in t I absolutely loved this book, one of the best I ever read Amazing how a writer can make up such a story, of an apocalyptic world caused by the waterless flood an man made plague..and what this self destruction does to the world of ours I remember loving Oryx and Crake for the weirdness and confronting character of the story, but I actually liked this one a bit better, contrary to other reviewers This because I was intrigued by and really liked the stories of the female main players in this story, Toby and Ren, and the Gardeners I also loved the going to and fro in time One thing I did not like, as others also, were the Gardener chapters and the singing texts But I see that the connection was needed to bring the story together Just read through it quickly to continue with either an episode of Tony or Ren Out of this world , this story is Loved it from start to end This type of book is what reading makes worthwhile I can t wait to explorework of Margaret Atwood, have read three so far What I also really like in her style she writes short chapters, mini stories Because I had little time to read lately, I did manage one chapter every day before sleep and looking forward to the next chapter the day after already So this book made me read every day, albeit short pieces Also despite that this story is really gloomy in character, there is a positive undertow throughout the whole book, as I felt it I highly recommend this one The sun brightens in the east, reddening the blue grey haze that marks the distant ocean The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry them The air smells faintly of burning The Waterless Flood, a man made plague, has ended the worldBut two young women have survived Ren, a young dancer traped where she worked, in an upmarket sex club the cleanest dirty girls in town and Toby, who watches and waits from her rooftop garden Is there anyone else out there What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question The Year of the Flood is a fabulous and thought provoking novel from Margaret Atwood And yet another novel from Atwood that I will need to read multiple times Though the second book in the trilogy, The Year of the Flood, isa companion novel to Oryx and Crake Book 1 than a continuation of it The lives of the main characters, Ren and Toby, intersect with Jimmy Snowman and Glenn Crake from Oryx and Crake, but the e What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question The Year of the Flood is a fabulous and thought provoking novel from Margaret Atwood And yet another novel from Atwood that I will need to read multiple times Though the second book in the trilogy, The Year of the Flood, isa companion novel to Oryx and Crake Book 1 than a continuation of it The lives of the main characters, Ren and Toby, intersect with Jimmy Snowman and Glenn Crake from Oryx and Crake, but the emphasis in this near future is definitely on Ren and Toby and their differing perspective on events leading up to and after the global pandemic unleashed on humanity This book also highlights a green or eco religious mystical sect known as God s Gardeners that was mentioned in the first book, but never explored at any length One commonality, though, are the ubiquitous gene spliced creatures that have been engineered and turned loose into the wild Jimmy s pet rakunk, Killer, like other raccoon skunk hybrids, had been created to be a pet Also like Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood is a cautionary tale of science that has gone off the rails This is further emphasized by the creation of the Blysspluss pill advertised as the greatest sexual experience of your life In Oryx and Crake, Jimmy promotes this pill that triggers the near extinction of mankind Again, though, this is a completely different take on events both before and after the plague Very engaging and thought provoking read 4.5 stars 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 powersMeanwhile, 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 awayBy turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive Glenn Crake used to say the reason you can t really imagine yourself being dead was that as soon as you say, I ll be dead, you ve said the word I, and so you re still alive inside the sentence And that s how people got the idea of the immortality of the soul it was a consequence of grammar And so was God, because as soon as there s a past tense, there has to be a past before the past, and you keep going back in time until you get to I don t know and that s what God is Animals have evap Glenn Crake used to say the reason you can t really imagine yourself being dead was that as soon as you say, I ll be dead, you ve said the word I, and so you re still alive inside the sentence And that s how people got the idea of the immortality of the soul it was a consequence of grammar And so was God, because as soon as there s a past tense, there has to be a past before the past, and you keep going back in time until you get to I don t know and that s what God is Animals have evaporated from the planet crushed under the dominance of the human race Scientists have unraveled the DNA of life and are populating the world with creatures that are blends of several species The future is about gene splitting and synthetic drugs and powerful corporations with names like CorpSeCorps have been formed around the creation of a flood of genetically mutated products There is an addictive form of coffee called Happicuppas and an equally addictive form of a mysterious meat source burger called, with no deception, Secretburgers There are Liobams cross between a lion and a lamb , pigoons creatures engineered for organ harvest , Mo hair sheeps with human hair ,pigs with human brain tissue, rakunks animals bred to be good pets , green haired glow in the dark rabbits, and snats an experimental hybrid of a snake and rat There are a genetically engineered blob like chicken that produces only breast meat This creature, if you can call it a creature, is the source for the popular take out food outlet ChickieNob Nubbins The story revolves around two women girls named Toby and Ren who at bisecting points spend time under the protective wing of The God s Gardners A group of naturalists that are vehemently vegetarian They are lead by Adams and Eves, differentiated by numerals, who see themselves as the beginning of the rebuilding of the Earth Neither woman is a firm believer, but stay because the alternatives in this chaotic world are rather grim Toby escaped from the drudgery work of a Secretburger outlet where the manager, Blanco, demands degrading acts of sexual gratification for her continued employment Even after she escapes his clutches he continues to be a menacing presence in her life Blanco is like the Terminator he just won t die He is punished for his many criminal acts by being sent into a game called Painballer where instead of paint pellets participant s weapons are loaded with an acidic compound He survives not only one, but several campaigns into the arena and when not creating mayhem for other people he continues to hunt for Toby Ren s mother falls in lust with one of the Gardeners and leaves her cushy position as the wife of a corporate executive to join The God s Gardeners She takes Ren with her and when the relationship sours she takes Ren back to her father with a dramatic story of her abduction and degradation by the Gardeners Ren later becomes a trapeze artist at a high end sex club called The Scales and Tails The world unravels when Crake releases the Blysspluss pill that is advertised as the greatest sexual experience of your life It activates a plague that effectively wipes a large percentage of the population off the planet Through luck,than skill, both Toby and Ren survive the outbreak This book weaves around the book Oryx and Crake and is the second book in a proposed trilogy It isn t even really a continuation of the story, but tracks over the same ground from a different perspective We learnbackground about Jimmy the Snowman and Glenn Crake I loved Oryx and Crake and this book is a shadow of OC mainly because even though I am exposed toelements not covered in the first bookthe plot does not advance If you liked OC you probably should read this one It reads fast and you will appreciate having your view of this world expanded I believe the third book will determine how highly elevated this trilogy will be regarded I highly recommend reading OC before embarking on The Year of the Flood The thing of it is Margaret Atwood is brilliant, and I have a feeling she has a wonderful surprise in store for us with the much anticipated conclusion You will only be slightly disappointed in this book, maybe my expectations were too high for a middle book, but it is well worth the few hours of your time I deleted my review from 6 years ago because I don t think I understood half of what was being spoken about and just got washed away by public consensus on the book I still think it is great, but I am sure I understand it better now and notice some glaring faults with it As a sequel to Oryx and Crake, I remember subtle references tying it to the earlier story Now I feel like there is nothing subtle about these references, they are so glaringly obvious, for example not only Ren but Amanda too I deleted my review from 6 years ago because I don t think I understood half of what was being spoken about and just got washed away by public consensus on the book I still think it is great, but I am sure I understand it better now and notice some glaring faults with it As a sequel to Oryx and Crake, I remember subtle references tying it to the earlier story Now I feel like there is nothing subtle about these references, they are so glaringly obvious, for example not only Ren but Amanda too dates Jimmy at some point in her life One still doesn t get a clearer picture of what led Glen to his apocalyptic conclusions, was there an influence of gardener ideology or just individual agenda, and what was Jimmy s designated role in all of this If we look at the plethora of new characters as cameras giving us a different angle view of an event from the last book, then I wonder why the book chooses to show us the same scenes instead of delving into all the aspects Jimmy s pov ignored This minor qualm aside, the book is brilliant, it takes you out of the compound and shows you different parts of the world created by Atwood The world building is astounding, and Toby s story is a profoundly moving narrative of grit and survival The gardeners are an interesting bunch to explore The layering of the two perspectives, especially when the two characters are around each other create compelling storytelling This is such a well fleshed out world and Atwood is such a deft writer the reader can rest assured in competent hands taking them on a guided tour through the chaos and dwell on the implications of this waterless flood Waking up in a world that is clearly dystopian, but unfortunately all too familiar That is what Margaret Atwood is so good at seeing where we are heading and turning it into a science fiction story which sometimes hits closer to home than most news reports we are inundated with each day, our daily flood The Year Of The Flood the day of the flood, the hour of the flood catastrophe is accelerating like everything else When your head spins and your fever rises and your hope skydives, ther Waking up in a world that is clearly dystopian, but unfortunately all too familiar That is what Margaret Atwood is so good at seeing where we are heading and turning it into a science fiction story which sometimes hits closer to home than most news reports we are inundated with each day, our daily flood The Year Of The Flood the day of the flood, the hour of the flood catastrophe is accelerating like everything else When your head spins and your fever rises and your hope skydives, there is something strangely comforting in reading about a catastrophe that is different from the one outside your window, in your home, in your room.Whatever is different, is good While living a Groundhog Day of Apocalyptic proportions, reading Margaret Atwood again and again makes me feel better How Why Because there is intelligent life on our planet still, she shows that in her crystal clear prose and humorous invention.Because humanity is made of survivors She shows that in the unforgettable characters that fight for their existence long after existence as they knew it had left them.Because fiction remains when reality fails us And also, most importantly, because the year of the flood has a SEQUEL It is nice to know that the world keeps going, even if our origin story will sound slightly off biblical in the era of MaddAddam.To life