The Year of the Flood

Kobo ebook | July 27, 2010

byMargaret Atwood

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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?

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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 VoiceIn a world driven by shadowy, corrupt corporations and ...

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, cartooni...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 27, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Not nearly as good as the first one, but still okay.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great novel! This book was amazing. Another great novel from Margaret Atwood
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good follow up novel! Can't say I enjoyed this as much as I liked Oryx and Crake (which you don't necessarily have to read to enjoy this one). Had some interesting world building but felt a bit long.
Date published: 2016-11-08
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