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The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  52,329 ratings  ·  5,073 reviews
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 trap ...more
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Published September 22nd 2009 by Doubleday (first published 2009)
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I’m really tempted to take a cheap shot at Margaret Atwood and call her the George Lucas of literature since I was very disappointed in this follow-up to Oryx & Crake.

She built an intriguing world in O&C where corporations ruled and profited through genetic engineering and gene splicing animals in a way that would give Dr. Moreau some ethical concerns. And she tied that to the devastating story of how it ended along with the tale of Jimmy (Snowman), his mad scientist friend Crake, and th
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Throughout my adult life, every time I've set to fretting about something, if I have ever been composed of the proper combination of melancholy, apathy, and bitters to warrant the interest of my hovering mother, in a state of exasperation she always runs a line on me about perspective, about humbling myself by pondering the countless masses of people in the world who have it so much worse than me; that I should always feel grateful, and that thinking otherwise is simply being small-minded and se ...more
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ORYX AND CRAKE FIRST. The Year of the Flood is not a sequel even though goodreads lists it as Maddadam trilogy #2. It's more like a completely different story about the same event. There is hardly any character crossover and absolutely zero information in Oryx and Crake that you need to love/enjoy/understand The Year of the Flood.

I love that this story just dumps me off in the future. Lots of things aren’t explained. It’s written as if I already know what a "vi
Jeffrey Keeten
"Glenn (Crake) used to say the reason you can't really imagine yourself being dead was that as soon as you say, "I'll be dead," you've said the word I, and so you're still alive inside the sentence. And that's how people got the idea of the immortality of the soul--it was a consequence of grammar. And so was God, because as soon as there's a past tense, there has to be a past before the past, and you keep going back in time until you get to I don't know; and that's what God is."

Animals have evap
Shayantani Das
I feel like I got hit by a car, got rolled over by a truck and then got dumped from an airplane.

And, then I feel sad that it’s over.

That is what Margaret Atwood does.

Every line you read feels like a whiplash and still you want to continue reading. You want to finish the book in one day, but the themes make you stop and think about it. She conveys such hard hitting messages through such simple words that it never fails to astonish you. She will have you mentally flinching all through the book, bu
Profoundly brilliant. Had I not read this directly after reading Oryx and Crake, I would have missed so many things - little nuances, passing comments made by the characters... it just enriched the earlier story and brought so much depth, context, and elegance. Like looking at the Rubin's vase optical illusion and only seeing it one way for so long, and then someone points out the other image right before your eyes. Of course, it was Ms. Atwood herself who constructed the image and slowly sheds ...more
Moira Russell
Nowhere near as good as Oryx & Crake, sadly. But the women characters! Toby! Ren! Amanda! Pilar! I really don't think this is as much a retelling of O&C as everyone says it is; it's more a shadow cast, a mirror, a reflection in water. Female heroes instead of men; the people on the ground, in the street, instead of locked up safe in Paradice; childhood as home, sex as trade. The back of the tapestry. Loved loved loved all the details about the Gardeners, Adam One after a while, and even ...more
I'm pretty sure that the entire concept of reading was invented so that I could consume Margaret Atwood. She is my first and always most favorite of all time ever and I love her so much I don't even know.

I seriously could not read this book fast enough. I don't even like her fantasy books as much as the realist ones but I felt like I was a starving person just shoving this book into my face by the fistful. And now I want to read MaddAddam so so so so badly I might burst, but the entire internet

This story is parallel to "Oryx and Crake" (reviewed here:, and has several characters in common, though the writing style and overall format is quite different.

Having read both, I can't decide whether it is better to read them in publication order (O&C first) or not, but it's certainly good to read them in quick succession. As with O&C, it is about the characters; many aspects are only ever partially explained, part way through, leaving
May 01, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Oryx and Crake"
The Year of the Flood is a companion novel (or, as I've seen it sometimes called sidequel) to Oryx and Crake. While the book is inferior to its predecessor IMO, it is still a remarkable work of speculative fiction.

Set at approximately the same time as Oryx and Crake,The Year of the Flood follows the fates of two female survivors of the Waterless Flood - an epidemic orchestrated by Crake. Ren is a trapeze dancer at a sex club locked in its quarantine room and Toby is barricaded in a spa stocked w
Jul 11, 2011 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Atwood fans, dystopia lovers, anyone in need of a smart and compelling read
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This is what I call a slogger, one of those books I slowly slog through, rather like mud or jello. Don't ask me to explain too much but it's an image I often use.

Some sloggers are rewarding. For those I must be in the right frame of mind. Some sloggers I give up on, usually out of boredom. This book fell squarely in the middle. I think I'll continue this is the group thread...

Recommended for lovers of Atwood's writing (which I happily count myself among) or lovers of apocalyptic fiction who are
Jennifer (aka EM)
Aug 07, 2010 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eco-terrorists, doomsday theorists, vegetarians, rooftop gardeners
Shelves: maple-flavoured
**a few hours later**

In light of Jason pointing out some glaring inconsistencies in my Atwood ratings, and upon further reflection (like this stuff matters): I'm going to drop O&C to a low 4 and raise this one to a mid- to high 4. The reality is that, compared to lots of other stuff, they should both probably be 5, but we are hardest on those we love best.


It might be my current state of mind; it might be that I read this too close to Oryx Crake; or because
Lori (Hellian)
I should preface this review by saying I love Margaret Atwood! I approached this book with misgivings because some reviews weren't very glowing, saying that this new addition by Atwood is disappointing. I beg to differ!

The Year of the Flood is a companion to Oryx and Crake, and I highly suggest they should be read in order of publication for full understanding. The Year of the Flood takes place during the same time sequence, but from a different perspective, this time from members of the Gardene
Sorry to be a party-pooper for my fellow Margaret Atwood fans, but this book disappointed me. (I read an advance edition supplied by a friend in publishing.) If you haven't read Oryx and Crake, don't even try to get through this. Snowman and the blue people are back, but there's almost no explanation for who they are or where they came from. If you haven't read Oryx and Crake, there's still an interesting version of future society here (this book takes place in the Pleebs, unlike most of O&C ...more
I have always loved Margaret Atwood. I haven't read a single book of hers before this that I didn't love. But I am finding that The Year of the Flood is both tedious and twee --- as though constant tongue-in-cheek references to today's culture run amok are enough to carry the theme. They are not.

I chalk the multiple positive ratings it has garnered up to the fact that, hey, this is Margaret Atwood we're critiquing here. Well, it appears even Margaret can phone one in.

Unless things change for the
This is a "sidequel" to Oryx and Crake. Though I believe Flood would stand alone pretty well, I think you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you read it first.

I really loved everything about this book. I liked it more than Oryx and Crake, but at the same time I believe it makes Oryx and Crake a much better book. It gives a wholly different view of the world from the viewpoint of the Gardeners, which provides a wide-array of great characters.

Really makes me want to reread Oryx and Crake, even th
Oryx and Crake, the first volume of the MaddAddam Trilogy is one of the best books I read this year (top 5 probably) so reading this "sequel" is a no brainer. The Year of the Flood is not exactly a sequel though, you could read it as a standalone (though I recommend that you read Oryx and Crake first for max enjoyment).The timelines of the two books overlap in most of this volume but it extends a little further by the end of the book. Two of Oryx and Crake's protagonists make cameo appearances h ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Since Oryx and Crake was one of my favorite Atwood novels, I was happy to read another book intertwined with that world and characters. This one focuses more on the religion of a group called The Gardeners, who are planning for the waterless flood.

"Nothing wrecks your nails like a lethal pandemic plague."

10/13 - Re-reading the trilogy since we're going to discuss Oryx and Crake on SFF Audio. I went hunting for reasons and explanation and details that I didn't notice the first time. But they're p
I actually liked this better than its counterpart, Oryx and Crake (but you must read both, no matter what), and I think it's because this book focuses on two female protagonists this time, instead of Jimmy - Atwood is a genius, but she just doesn't write male characters well.

This book is hard to explain, especially to someone who hasn't read Oryx and Crake. So I'm going to disregard those people completely and just pretend you all know exactly what I'm talking about.

Basically, the events in thi

So, many of you know, I've recently discovered that I am madly in love with Margaret Atwood. This was such an excellent sidequel to Oryx and Crake. Totally perfect. The reason I'm growing increasingly in love with this series is the fact that Atwood has created a world that is entirely 3D. In O&C you follow Jimmy through the highly guarded and elite compounds but YOTF takes place in the pleebla
atwood is eye candy for her absolutely mastery of the narrative form. the storytelling just slips off her pen, not a word wasted, not a sentence out of place. crisp. it never gets melodramatic or slack or anything but taut. it's just perfect.

the story didn't feel hugely gripping to me. post-apocalyptic whatever. i don't really care a whole lot. but the understanding of how we got to this -- through sheer, criminal neglect of the environment; through science gone mad; through nasty experiments;
I have a love-hate relationship with dystopias, and that inevitably colours my impression of any book that even approaches being in that genre. There's something about them that seems incredibly formulaic. At the moment I can only think of one dystopia that I really liked (The Gate to Women's Country), and it departed radically from the formula - but I think that's really more post-apocalyptic, anyway.

In this case, I thought this book was too much dystopia and not enough Atwood - so many of the
On its own, this might be a four-star book. As a follow up to Oryx and Crake, it's three stars at best.
This story is not scary. It fills in a lot of the blanks from Oryx and Crake which doesn't necessarily do the first book any favors. It's like turning on a light after a particularly chilling ghost tale.
Actually, it might be good to read the two in tandem because there's so much overlap. But then you wouldn't get all freaked out over the melting plague that's mysteriously killing off the human
Loved IT!! "Oryx and Crake is on my favorites list, this one has to go right next to it. "The year of the flood" is a side-quel to "oryx and Crake" so I guess putting it there makes sense. Now I feel that I have to revisit "Oryx and Crake", since I read it a few years ago, I need to refresh my memory. A very good read! Margaret Atwood is a flip'n genius.
Ben Babcock
You don’t need to read Oryx and Crake prior to reading The Year of the Flood. The two novels take place concurrently (though this one does extend slightly beyond the other’s narrative, wrapping up the cliffhanger of Snowman discovering that other humans have survived). However, I would recommend you read them close together. I only read Oryx and Crake back in March, but even a short span of two months has obliterated a good deal of the plot and characters from my memory. That’s a shame, because ...more
Jason P
The Year of the Flood

This was a journey through, what I think, could in the far (maybe distant) future, can turn out to be like. I know what you might be thinking right now, "oh, ya, sure Jay, whatever - and monkey's will fly out of my butt!". Well, maybe they will, I don't know that, and neither do you! But back to the novel..

Margaret Atwood is, in my opinion, an incredible author. The simple but necessary prose helps the reader travel through the eyes of the protagonist into a scary, desolate,
Although this is not my favourite genre, I very much enjoyed this speculative dystopian novel. It is a parallel narrative to Oryx and Crake, giving the back story of Crake and Jimmy the Snowman from that novel. It also fills in on the activities of the Gardeners of God, a radical greenie sect that combine vegetarianism, ancient lore about herbs and plants and other natural cures, and a sort of rational belief in a pantheistic God, a God that is a personification of the natural order of things, a ...more
Will Byrnes
The Year of the Flood is a sequel to her 2003 book Oryx and Crake. (Those characters arrive here in the back quarter of the book) They are both set in a post-apocalyptic western nation, and explore the implications of many contemporary trends.

Although I share Atwood’s concern about most of the problem sources she identifies, the book did at times feel a bit like a laundry list of the sins of the 20th and 21st centuries. Of course, some of the dynamics she portrays are eternal, battles for power
"What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question."

The Year of the Flood is a companion novel to Oryx and Crake (however O&C fills in much of the necessary back story so make sure not to skip it).

The discussion (or argument) continues with The Year of the Flood regarding the ability to alter humans in order to achieve perfection and whether it's an ability that should be used. This time, we get to see the world through the eyes of Gods Gardner's (and also those of whom liv
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr
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