The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2)

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2)

by Margaret Atwood
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The Year of the Flood 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 246 reviews.
kren250 More than 1 year ago
Margaret Atwood's latest book The Year of the Flood is another of her dystopian offerings. It's many years in the future (Atwood never gives an exact date), and humans have finally managed to destroy much in the natural world. Many animal species are extinct, pollution is rampant, weather is out of control, and society is buckling down to live out the days the best they can. Into all this comes the "waterless flood", a disaster that has wiped out nearly all the humans in the world. At least two have survived: Toby, the manager of a high-end spa who has barricaded herself inside; and Ren, a dancer/prostitute who was in the "sticky zone" (a type of sick bay) when the disaster hit. Now, separately, the two have to try to survive in this strange new unpeopled world. Will they ever find each other? And, the bigger question: did anyone else survive? I really liked this book; it's not only a great read but very thought-provoking as well. The story is told with flashbacks to Ren and Toby's former lives, which added a lot to the book; it made an interesting contrast to see what things were like before the waterless flood. Toby is tough, smart, and resourceful; and it's always wonderful to see a strong female protaganist (one reason I love Atwood's books). I also thought Atwood did an excellent job of showing how bad things could possibly get on earth in the years to come, without being preachy about it. I did have two minor quibbles about the book, which is why I gave it four stars instead of five. The first was the annoyingly cute futuristic names many of the things are given: "Anooyoo", "violet biolet", "SekSmart", "Mo'hairs", "Sea/H/Ear candy", "liobams" (if names will really be this cheesy in the future than the world is indeed in trouble;-)!. Yes, it's a very minor thing, but for some reason it grated on my nerves a bit. The other quibble I can't say without giving away spoilers, but it has to do with some coincidences that happen towards the end of the book. I didn't find these coincidences to be very plausible. Minor quibbles non-withstanding, I could barely tear myself away from the pages of this book. I highly recommend it, especially if you like your sci-fi with a mix of great literature.
book-a-holick More than 1 year ago
I read Oryx and Crake and Year of the Flood back to back. I had really enjoyed Oryx and Crake, and expected Year of the Flood to be a smooth continuation of the first book, but it is not. I was about a fourth of the way through the second book before I realized and accepted, yea, embraced, the fact that Year of the Flood has a style and focus and engaging characters all its own. The two books should be read in order, but the reader must be open-minded when starting the second book, as it approaches the causes and aftermath of the pandemic (waterless flood) in a totally different but equally entertaining way. P.S. About half way through, I was thrilled to see a few of our 'friends' from Oryx and Crake cropping up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An apocalyptic tale drawing from current events--disease, food production, environmental degradation, socioeconomic segregation, corporate controls, religious fanaticism, etc., etc. Thought-provoking. Fast-paced. Hard to put down.
The-Good-Peasant More than 1 year ago
This is the tale of a future where science and technology have run amuck. (Ironically, it's also the first book I've read on my Nook.) Atwood creates a world that has lost its way and most of its humanity while giving us strong and undaunted characters to root for along the way. Great extrapolation of current issues in ecology, genetics, medicine and more - a story with a message, humor, and even a little hope.
copysquirl More than 1 year ago
I've got to say first, I'm a fan. A huge one. And Oryx and Crake was just awesome... but this, well, it just didn't cut it for me. Maybe it's me. Maybe it's timing. But it felt like a meander down another author's attempt at her writing. It just didn't hold together or share the sense of solid storytelling I've come to expect from this author. Skip it. Get all the others instead. Buy them twice, they are worth it. Not a loser in the bunch. She's allowed this one I guess.
Supereen More than 1 year ago
I can't believe it only has 3 stars! It's been a while since I read Oryx and Crake and I found that was ok because even thought the two books are interwound, you didn't need to remember details from O&C to understand this book. I loved the 2 characters, though Ren at the end coming apart didn't seem true to the character she had been throughout the book. I read this book in 3 days, and enjoyed it. I hope Margaret Atwood comes out with a 3rd installment to this series.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Book 2 of the MaddAddam trilogy follows a familiar pattern as the first without becoming repetitive. The year of the Flood takes parallel look at the time up until the pandemic which kills nearly everyone on the planet, but the stories cross paths with those from Oryx and Crake on a couple of occasions allowing you to see familiar tales from a new angle. This book has a bit more suspense than book one and offers a harder look at the stark realities of this cruel world, setting up the story for a great end with book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT starts off slow but dont give up on it. It picks up and gets more intriguing in the second half. And it finishes where Oryx leave off. If youre afan of dystopia you will like this.
wookietim More than 1 year ago
But not as good as Atwoods other works. Universe building is hard. It's harder in writing than even in TV or movies - TV and movies have an extra sense available to them (sight) that books don't have. But Atwood is great at using certain details to create worlds in her novels. In "Oryx and Crake" Atwood created a world that was well thought out and lyrical in it's intensity. In "the year of the flood" she doesn't add much to it... But she does flesh it out further. And that's good. But still... But still it lacks the depth of character so many of her novels have had. I came to the end fascinated but still not really caring about the characters. I also have to add that the concerns in the novel have already been well picked over in Atwoods earlier novels, so there just isn't much new stuff here. All of that said, I highly recommend it - especially for the readers of the earlier "Oryx and Crake" but also for the more general audience (The novel can stand on it's own too - don't worry about the idea of this being a sequel - it's more of a parallel story).
fancycow More than 1 year ago
While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I believe that I had higher expectations for the novel that were just not reached. As a big Margaret Atwood fan, I was looking for something more in-depth, something more complex and complicated, something greater than it turned out to be. After just recently finishing Oryx and Crake, I was so looking forward to the conclusion of that book, yet this only gave me a small glimpse into the connection of these two novels, and not really until the very end of the book. Oryx and Crake left so many questions, and this book did not allow itself to develop into answers. The ending felt so rushed, something that I don't feel many of Atwood's books do.
splatfrog More than 1 year ago
I literally read this and felt nothing. The characters are flat, the setting pretentious and cliche, and the plot(?) completely uninteresting. I've liked her books in the past, but this one's a dud.
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Looking around at books on my wishlist and this one isn't even avaailable in ANY format??? Just wondering why it's even listed here....
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It's the end of the world as we know it. Beautifully written.
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