The Year Of The Flood

by Margaret Atwood

Knopf Canada | July 27, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Year Of The Flood is rated 4.16666666666667 out of 5 by 18.

From the Booker Prize–winning author of Oryx and Crake, the first book in the MaddAddam Trilogy, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Internationally acclaimed as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by, amongst others, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice

In a world driven by shadowy, corrupt corporations and the uncontrolled development of new, gene-spliced life forms, a man-made pandemic occurs, obliterating human life. Two people find they have unexpectedly survived: Ren, a young dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails (the cleanest dirty girls in town), and Toby, solitary and determined, who has barricaded herself inside a luxurious spa, watching and waiting. The women have to decide on their next move--they can’t stay hidden forever. But is anyone else out there?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.95 in

Published: July 27, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030739798X

ISBN - 13: 9780307397980

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book. I read it quite a bit after the first but I still caught all the ties between the two. It was just awesome how she mentioned and put the events from one book into this one. I cannot wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to read the third of the I love how Atwood weaves all the threads from the first book seamlessly and effortlessly!
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written Well written but tiresome on the sermons and songs. The first book is much better.....I look forward to starting the 3rd in the series.
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read. Atwood delivers yet again.
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beware of the Waterless Flood! The Year of the Flood, the second book in the MaddAddam trilogy, came out 6 years after Oryx and Crake in 2009. It is not a sequel, but rather a companion to the first novel as it takes place on a concurrent time. Toby and Ren survived the epidemic that killed most of the human race. A series of flashbacks informs us that Toby was a therapist in a spa and Ren an exotic dancer in a nightclub. Even though the two women are very different, they have something in common: they were once members of the God’s Gardeners, a group of pacific, religious and ecological people who knew that the Waterless Flood was coming. The book follows Toby and Ren’s separate stories of survival both before and after the epidemic. The Year of the Flood is more interesting and more engrossing than Oryx and Crake in large part thanks to the two main characters, Toby and Ren. They have more depth and are more likable than Jimmy, the crazy, self-destructive narrator of the first book in the MaddAddam trilogy. In addition, it’s fun to see other characters present in Oryx and Crake pop up from time to time. However, I found the discourses of the God’s Gardeners’ leader, Adam One, to be long and cumbersome at times, even though I understand that they were used to give the reader more insight about the cult. In the whole, this book was excellent, and I am looking forward to reading MaddAddam for the conclusion of the trilogy. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read. I enjoyed Oryx and Crake a little better than Year of the Flood but both are excellent books and although many have written that you don't need to read Oryx & Crake, I think you do, not because the story continues on from Book 1 to 2 but because your perspective of the characters in Oryx & Crake may or may not subtly change for you when you hear Ren's perspective of Jimmy & Crake (for example). Already I must say that Atwood is a literary genius in her ability to build complex characters devoid of any clear cookie cutter protagonists or antagonists. Through her characters I often found myself being self-critical of my own life and-or the way I view the world and not in a bad-punitive way but in a interesting way. I am looking forward to reading MaddAddam.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read. An amazing book!! Margaret Atwood never disappoints me!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Year of the Flood Not sure this book could change the nation . . . or even the world, but if you are into dystopian themes, you may find it interesting. Ms. Atwood's wordplay is fantastic! First of five I'm reading for Canada Reads 2014.
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Flood Very disappointing. More of the same. Plot is far-fetched. In the big world, the survivors find and know each other. Especially Blanco who keeps popping up. Too simplistic. This puts me off bothering to read Maddam.
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Part Deux I read "Oryx and Crake" a while ago and absolutely loved it. Till this date, I still remember where I spent a chunk of time reading it, and how I felt at that precise time and space. It says a lot about how a book can evoke such memories. So when I decided it was time to read "The Year of the Flood," I wasn't sure what I would be getting out of it. "The Year of the Flood" caught me by surprise. There is an overlap with "Oryx and Crake" yet it feels so different from it. We are introduced to new characters in a different setting, while in the same world. It does a great job in providing a parallel to what happens in the first MaddAddam book, and like it, it is the present, the future, and the past, all rolled into a dystopian narrative. It begs the question, how could you keep surviving knowing what you have done and what you have to do in order to face the reality of the post-apocalypse world? And that similar tone in the storytelling, despite how different the format and structure of "The Year of the Flood" was to "Oryx and Crake," was what tied both books together so well.
Date published: 2013-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read But definitely not a happy ending. Looking forward to the third instalment.
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Year of the a Flood Excellent follow up to 1st book in series, can't wait to read 3rd.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Follow-up to Oryx and Crake Atwood's second novel in her dystopian MaddAddam triology is just as great as Oryx and Crake. Rather than being a 'sequel', YotF paralles O&C's storyline, only we see a different part of America from two different characters eyes. Toby and Ren are our 2 heroines in this novel, which focuses on the pleeblands (poor inner city sections) rather than the privaleged corporation run compounds in O&C. Both of these ladies eventually become a part of one of the many Pleebland cults, known as "God's Gardener's", a sort of 'green' group. The book's namesake refers to the Waterless Flood that the God's Gardener's all believe will happen soon to wipe out the evil that humans have become and done to nature. YotF is a very cool follow-up to O&C, because there are a lot of character cross-overs from both novels. The ending ties in with the ending of O&C and that is where the finale, MaddAddam, picks up....
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very scary! So easy to picture this being the world we actually live in,
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant..... This is an intelligent book series and close to plausible events in our time (which kind of gives you the willies). Atwood is definitely the Orwell of our times. A good read... all 3 books in this series.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant..... Another great story in the MaddAdamm Trilogy. Definitely worth reading all 3 books.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The saga continues This book stands alone and can be read without first reading Oryx and Crake, but they belong together. We meet two girls who have survived a pandemic, have seen it start, run its course and now deal with the aftermath. They meet in a group of religious survivalists where they are forced to hide from a technological police state. We learn how each arrived there, see their friendship grow, how they avoid the perils at the bottom of a dysfunctional society, how they are forced apart, and how they finally meet again. Having survived the plague is not enough, for there are other people who have also survived, people who are extremely dangerous, and who will destroy our heros just to satisfy an ancient grudge. Through all this, the nagging question is how do the God's Gardeners have any knowledge of the coming plague. They continually talk about it and yet do not have the technology to be involved. How did any of these people survive? Only one was in an environment that would protect from the disease and she was at a primarly release point for the plague. Much becomes clear, but I must get MaddAddam. Will this remain a trilogy in three parts? Read on and find out.
Date published: 2013-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Look On The Future There were several occasions where I was told this book isn't that great unless you read Orxy and Crake, I would beg to differ. Margaret Atwood has a beautiful imagination that allowed her to write such a deeply compelling and savage look at the future. It appears so bleak and desolate in the wake of what could eradicate humankind, but she is able to create a glimmer of hope for her characters. I thought it was a wonderful and creative read and would recommend it to anyone who likes to think about surviving a barbaric future.
Date published: 2011-01-05

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The Year Of The Flood

The Year Of The Flood

by Margaret Atwood

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.95 in

Published: July 27, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030739798X

ISBN - 13: 9780307397980

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T H E G A R D E NWho is it tends the Garden,The Garden oh so green?’Twas once the finest GardenThat ever has been seen.And in it God’s dear CreaturesDid swim and fly and play;But then came greedy Spoilers,And killed them all away.And all the Trees that flourishedAnd gave us wholesome fruit,By waves of sand are buried,Both leaf and branch and root.And all the shining WaterIs turned to slime and mire,And all the feathered Birds so brightHave ceased their joyful choir.Oh Garden, oh my Garden,I’ll mourn forevermoreUntil the Gardeners arise,And you to Life restore.From The God’s Gardeners Oral Hymnbook 1TOBYYEAR TWENTY- FIVE, THE YEAR OF THE FLOODIn the early morning Toby climbs up to the rooftop to watch the sunrise. She uses a mop handle for balance: the elevator stopped working some time ago and the back stairs are slick with damp, so if she slips and topples there won’t be anyone to pick her up.As the first heat hits, mist rises from among the swath of trees between her and the derelict city. The air smells faintly of burning, a smell of caramel and tar and rancid barbecues, and the ashy but greasy smell of a garbage-dump fire after it’s been raining. The abandoned towers in the distance are like the coral of an ancient reef — bleached and colourless, devoid of life.There still is life, however. Birds chirp; sparrows, they must be. Their small voices are clear and sharp, nails on glass: there’s no longer any sound of traffic to drown them out. Do they notice that quietness, t
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From the Publisher

From the Booker Prize–winning author of Oryx and Crake, the first book in the MaddAddam Trilogy, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Internationally acclaimed as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by, amongst others, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice

In a world driven by shadowy, corrupt corporations and the uncontrolled development of new, gene-spliced life forms, a man-made pandemic occurs, obliterating human life. Two people find they have unexpectedly survived: Ren, a young dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails (the cleanest dirty girls in town), and Toby, solitary and determined, who has barricaded herself inside a luxurious spa, watching and waiting. The women have to decide on their next move--they can’t stay hidden forever. But is anyone else out there?

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales was published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
www.margaretatwood.ca

Editorial Reviews

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“A gripping and visceral book that showcases Atwood’s pure storytelling talents.” The New York Times

“A heart-pounding thriller.” The Washington Post

“Atwood is funny and clever. [She] knows how to show us ourselves, but the mirror she holds up to life does more than reflect.... The Year of the Flood isn’t prophecy, but it is eerily possible.” The New York Times Book Review

 “A gripping read, revealing Atwood in her most masterful storytelling mode.... The book is a cracked mirror of the times we live in.” The Gazette

Bookclub Guide

1. How does the friendship between Amanda and Ren grow, despite their differences and the restrictions they face? They meet as children. Who was your greatest ally when you were that age? What do you think of Ren's treatment of Bernice?

2. What survival skills do the novel's female characters possess? Do they find security or vulnerability at Scales and Tales, the AnooYoo Spa, and within the community of Gardeners? What strength does Pilar find in nature, while Lucerne is drawn to artificial beauty?

3. How do Adam One's motivations compare to Zeb's? In their world, what advantages do men have? Are they really “advantages”?

4. Discuss Toby's parents and their fate. What does their story illustrate about the dangers of an unregulated and corrupt drug industry? What motivates Toby to become a healer?

5. How does Adam One's explanation of creation and the fall of humanity compare to more standard Judeo-Christian ideas? What does he offer his followers, beyond an understanding of the planet and the creatures that inhabit it?

6. Discuss the father figures in Ren's life: her stepfather, Zeb; her biological father, Frank; and eventually Mordis. What did they teach her about being a woman? How did they shape her expectations of Jimmy?

7. As a refugee from Texas, Amanda is an outsider, facing constant risk. Would you have harbored her? Why is Ren so impressed by her?

8. What is the result of a penal system like Painball? How does it influence the citizens' attitude toward crime?

9. Should Toby have honored Pilar's deathbed wish that she become an Eve? How did the lessons in beekeeping serve Toby in other ways as well?

10. Crake's BlyssPlus pill offers many false promises. What are they, and what was Crake really striving for (chapter 73)? If human beings are the greatest problem for the natural world, could they also provide solutions less drastic than Crake's? How?

11. In what ways do the novel's three voices—Toby's, Ren's, and Adam One's—complement one another? What unique perspective is offered in each narration?

12. Explore the lyrics from The God's Gardeners Oral Hymnbook. What do they say about the Gardener theology and the nature of their faith? Adam One does not always tell the truth to his congregation. Is well-meant lying ever acceptable?

13. Margaret Atwood's fiction often displays “gallows humor.” Can a thing be dire and funny at the same time? Must we laugh or die?

14. The Year of the Flood covers the same time period as Oryx and Crake, and contains a number of the same characters — (“Snowman,” a student at the Martha Graham Academy and “the last man on earth”) and Glenn (“Crake,” who studied at the Watson-Crick Institute), as well as Bernice, Jimmy's hostile college room-mate, Amanda, a live-in artist girlfriend, Ren (“Brenda,”) whom he remembers briefly in Oryx and Crake as a high-school fling, Jimmy's mother, who runs away to become an activist, and the God's Gardeners, whom he mentions as a fringe green cult. Re-read the final pages of both books. What do you predict for the remaining characters? Should the Gardeners execute the Painballers? Why? Why not? Would you?

15. What parallels did you see between The Year of the Flood and current headlines?