The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
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Set in the visionary future of Atwood’s acclaimed Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood is at once a moving tale of lasting friendship and a landmark work of speculative fiction. In this second book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. Among the survivors are Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, who is barricaded inside a luxurious spa. Amid shadowy, corrupt ruling powers and new, gene-spliced life forms, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move, but they can't stay locked away.


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About Margaret Atwood

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Born November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, Margaret Atwood spent her early years in the northern Quebec wilderness. Settling in Toronto in 1946, she continued to spend summers in the northern woods. This experience provided much of the thematic material for her verse. She began her writing career as a poet, short story writer, cartoonist, and reviewer for her high school paper. She received a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1961 and an M.A. from Radcliff College in 1962. Atwood's first book of verse, Double Persephone, was published in 1961 and was awarded the E. J. Pratt Medal. She has published numerous books of poetry, novels, story collections, critical work, juvenile work, and radio and teleplays. Her works include The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970), Power Politics (1971), Cat's Eye (1986), The Robber Bride (1993), Morning in the Buried House (1995), and Alias Grace (1996). Many of her works focus on women's issues. She has won numerous awards for her poetry and fiction including the Prince of Asturias award for Literature, the Booker Prize, the Governor General's Award in 1966 for The Circle Game and in 1986 for The Handmaid's Tale, which also won the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987.
 
Published September 21, 2009 by Anchor. 529 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Ren knew Toby as one of the Eves, female leaders of The Gardeners, with whom she lived as a child while her mother was having an affair with mysterious renegade member Zeb.

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The New York Times

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In “Oryx and Crake,” published in 2003, Atwood leads us through a bioengineered world where a new species, the Crakers, has been invented by a Dr. Frankenstein figure — Crake — and given a chance at remaking the world, thanks to a near decimation of the human race, also masterminded by Crake.

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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop The Year of the Flood is a sort of loose sequel to Atwood's ...

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The Guardian

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To my mind, The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake and now The Year of the Flood all exemplify one of the things science fiction does, which is to extrapolate imaginatively from current trends and events to a near-future that's half prediction, half satire.

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BC Books

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Margaret Atwood has created a world that will appease one’s apocalyptic appetite.

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BC Books

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Adam One is the title of the spiritual leader of the God’s Gardeners, yet there are several other Adams, as well as numerous Eves, each with their own specialty such as self-defense (Zeb) and beekeeping and mushroom cultivation (Pilar).

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NPR

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In The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood imagines a country ruined by biological disaster and run by a corporate elite. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari calls the novel "both a warning and a gift."

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Examiner

Whether students are assigned "Oryx and Crake" in literature courses, in ethics or gender studies courses, they can enjoy the text as they might reading it for pleasure, and Atwood's companion novels are equally engaging.

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Book Reporter

The Gardeners took her in and made her one of their own, despite her doubts.

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AV Club

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Margaret Atwood's spectacular 2003 novel Oryx And Crake didn't really need a sequel. And this book set in the same world isn't one, exactly.

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AV Club

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And yet it’s a marvelously absorbing novel, an after-the-fact, off-in-the-margins adventure whose unclear purpose creates an unsettling sense that anything might happen: The main story Atwood had to tell about this setting has already been told, and the characters in Year Of The Flood aren’t cent...

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Entertainment Weekly

Both books depict a fast-spreading pandemic, but whereas Oryx and Crake focused on its enigmatic perpetrators and ended with a maddeningly ambiguous ending, The Year of the Flood charts a different, though parallel, course.

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The Telegraph

The proper study of science fiction is Man – and women, .

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The Telegraph

In 2003, Margaret Atwood published Oryx and Crake, .

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USA Today

Ren did not catch the disease because she was isolated in the sex club in which she danced, and Toby was barricaded in a tony health club she managed.Before the plague hit, the world was dominated by a cluster of corporations and their violent, powerful minions.

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Pajiba

It’s not a sequel, it’s more of a companion, and the events unfold at the same time.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Margaret Atwood does not know it -- and she would in all likelihood reject the role if offered, due to its genre taint -- but through her public pronouncements on the true nature of her recent speculative novels, she has become the most famous exponent of a smallish subcategory of science fiction...

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About.com

We learn later in the novel that the Gardeners have been secretly using modern communications systems to keep in touch with other groups across the country.

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Blogger News Network

I LOVED “Oryx and Crake” and was so excited to read that the new book — Year of the Flood — would channel “Oryx.” I hated this book!

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Oprah.com

The Waterless Flood is coming, in the form of a sexual enhancement pill called the BlyssPluss that will wipe out the human race and leave the Earth to the gene-spliced life forms corporate scientists have created…pigs with human brain matter, the multicolored Mo'hairs, and the liobams, a lion/...

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Strange Horizons

Perhaps this is one area where Atwood's satire hits home—the ruling classes have always been more interested in animals than people—or perhaps it is simply indicative of Atwood's casual approach to the construction of her future.

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My San Antonio

I recognized some (Saint Rachel, Saint Jacque and Saint Dian were easy for me - Carson, Cousteau and Fossey, but I had to Google others, including, shame on me, Saint Euell Gibbon and New Zealand's Stephen King.) But the very inclusion of these "saints" is just one example of the informative natu...

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