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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.
©2009 Margaret Atwood (P)2009 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

Atwood at her very best!

One of the few times I would say the audio book is better than the printed page. It's true . . . the "cheesy" music fits the parodical lyrics perfectly. I wanted to read it again immediately, but was afraid I would never leave M.A.'s world. As well-done as Handmaid's Tale or her other masterpieces - and the parody/irony/humor is so dry you'll need moisturizer when you are forced to stop listening and participate in real life.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ursula Krischer on 10-18-09

Oryx and Crake Revisited

I loved Oryx and Crake. This book is to O&C like Ender's Shadow is to Ender's Game.

It's the same story from another point of view.

Instead of telling the story from within the corporation compounds, it is told from the point of view of the plebe lands and concentrates around the God's Gardeners group.

I found it easier to identify with Jimmy in O&C, as I am a word person in a tetchy world, a bit worried about where this world is going. The extreme nature of the God's Gardeners green cult is harder to identify with.

I love nostalgia and meeting the characters from O&C again was allot of fun. I did think Atwood laid the references to O&C a little too thick. We meet just about every character we knew, event's from Oryx and Crake are alluded to in very high detail. For example if in O&C Jimmy tells how a girl caught him reading her diary, then in The Year of the Flood you meet this girl and she describes the event down to how many times she underlined different words in the message she wrote him.

I may be too sensitive to this because I made sure to reread O&C before starting the Year of the Flood. But this is the main reason I'm deducting one star from my rating for this book.

I really enjoyed The Year of the Flood, it was allot of fun to revisit the O&C world. The only thing wrong with it is that like many sequels it doesn't match the brilliance of the original.

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