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The Year of the Flood (2009)

de Margaret Atwood

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Séries: MaddAddam Trilogy (2)

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From the Publisher: 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, but 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.… (mais)
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This is the stories of 3 women who are connected to a religion based on the story of the garden of Eden. God's Gardeners believe there will be a waterless flood and they have begun preparing for it by learning to grow their own food and how to forage. And they're vegan. It uses flashback story-telling, too. At about halfway through the book, They have begun bumping into the main characters of O&C as sidelines to their own stories.

I like the way she is weaving these stories around each other.

I don't think you need to read this before you read O&C, but you do need to read both of them before you begin the third book. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Atwood is a genius.

That's not me saying that I adore everything she writes. I only gave this book 3 stars - but that's an "enjoyment factor" rating, certainly not a "skilled writing" or "clever book" rating. Atwood's writing is so good that it's scary. I don't mean I'm scared of the events in the stories (although sometimes there's that), but that she drops her readers straight into the middle of horrendous situations and makes us think, "thank goodness this is only a book and all the stuff she's describing couldn't really happen...uh...wait a minute...uh-oh..." And she does that with *everything*.

Her world-building is imaginative, but you end up recognising the links between what's actually going on in the real world around you and what's going on in the book. I don't even like world-building in my books, but Atwood's "built" world is... ours, with some aspects taken a little bit further. Her images of dystopia are...not so outlandish. You absorb the book-reality and then you see stuff on the news and start to wonder just how far apart the two are. The ethics she describes are not so far from what exist. Her characters are complicated and often very relatable - and often very irritating, but still...yeah, I can see how some of the people I've met could very easily end up going that way in a desperate situation.

It's all slightly disorienting. And so freaking clever.

If anyone other than Atwood had written this story, I'm not sure I'd have finished it. It's so very much not my genre - dystopia, world-building, fantasy, etc - but it's so very well-done that it left me wanting more. ( )
  DebsDd | Jan 18, 2021 |
A novel about events happening parallel to those in in Oryx and Crake, the first volume in this trilogy. While set in the same universe, there were many more characters and that took some of the feeling of isolation out of the post flood world. Atwood's language brings this gene splicing future and its society to life with it's secure conclaves, street gangs, and religious cults. I enjoyed the backstory's of the main characters, Ren and Toby, and how they survived the apocalypse with such different skill sets and came into contact with some of the characters from the first volume of the trilogy. I liked this novel but it wasn't as captivating as Oryx and Crake or the other Atwood works I've read.
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  SteveKey | Jan 8, 2021 |
Not as good as "Oryx and Crake," but with Margaret Atwood you can't really go wrong. The plot was pretty slow up until the last 100 pages which picked up the pace, but Atwood definitely immerses you in the world she's created right from the get-go. This is being advertised as a stand-alone novel but it's not. If you haven't read "Oryx and Crake" you probably would have no idea what's going on. They really are companion novels and should be read one after the other. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
I really appreciate dystopian futuristic stories. Our decisions today influence the future. So these types of stories ask the question, “If we continue down this road, where will we end up?” Atwood’s dystopian future in The Year of the Flood is much more disturbing than Orwell, Huxley, Collins, Roth, and others because it seems not just a possibility but a likelihood. The story is a clarion call, a warning, that we if we do not change, we will live out the disturbing future she describes. We (as a species) are living out a certain trajectory that will have consequences in the long run. In the story, corporations have limitless power. The environment becomes more and more polluted and hostile. The police now are motivated completely by profit (because they are paid by the corporations). The masses live in squalor while the rich are insulated within protected communities. Genetic manipulation has become standardized with a host of disturbing consequences. Species all over the world continue to be decimated and become extinct. Materialism and greed corrode all remnants of society’s moral fiber, and we are left with abuse and oppression.

Although The Year of the Flood is a sequel, it does not pick up where Oryx and Crake left off. Rather, the same story focuses on different characters who were either minor characters or unmentioned in the first book. While the first focused on Jimmy, nicknamed Snowman, this intertwines the stories of Ren and Toby who were a part of religious group that worked to preserve all plant and animal life. I thought Oryx and Crake was a bit more dark and depressing. The storyline is interesting but not compelling. Atwood tends to plod along with ample detail. She writes somewhat objectively – you never become very attached to any of the characters. Death, murder, violence, and suffering are commonplace, so there remains a certain distance or hardness even between you and the characters. Despite its sadness, The Year of Flood is immensely imaginative, forcing you to wonder and question how your own decisions will influence the future. It was thought-provoking and dark, but leaves you wanting more.
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  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
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Om Margaret Atwoods ”Syndaflodens år” kommer att räknas till de stora framtidsskildringarna går inte att säga ännu, men potentialen finns.
adicionado por Jannes | editarDagens Nyheter, Maria Schottenius (Oct 9, 2010)
 
In Hieronymus Bosch–like detail, Atwood renders this civilization and these two lives within it with tenderness and insight, a healthy dread, and a guarded humor.
 
"The Year of the Flood" is a slap-happy romp through the end times. Stuffed with cornball hymns, genetic mutations worthy of Thomas Pynchon (such as the rakuunk, a combined skunk and raccoon) and a pharmaceutical company run amok, it reads like dystopia verging on satire. She may be imagining a world in flames, but she's doing it with a dark cackle.
adicionado por Shortride | editarLos Angeles Times, John Freeman (Sep 27, 2009)
 
Personally, though, I prefer Atwood in a retro mood. I’d easily take “Alias Grace” or “The Blind Assassin” over the lucid nightmares of “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “Oryx and Crake.” But fans of those novels should grab a biohazard suit, crawl into a hermetically sealed fallout shelter, and dive right in.
 
Canada's greatest living novelist undoubtedly knows how to tell a gripping story, as fans of "The Blind Assassin" and "The Handmaid's Tale" already know. But here there's a serious message, too: Look at what we're doing right now to our world, to nature, to ourselves. If this goes on . . .
adicionado por Shortride | editarThe Washington Post, Michael Dirda (Sep 24, 2009)
 

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From the Publisher: 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, but 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.

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