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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
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Jul 17, 10

bookshelves: apocalyptic, audiobook, science-fiction
Read in May, 2010

Summary: 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. -- JCPL catalog

This is a companion story to Atwood's Oryx and Crake. Although I didn't enjoy this story as much, it was very interesting to witness the demise of humankind from the outside rather than from Jimmy's inside perspective. All three of the narrators did an excellent job, although I particularly enjoyed the woman who read Toby's part. I also particularly enjoyed Toby's character - she was real and strong and I connected quite a bit with her. Ren, the younger woman seemed weak and whiny and spent most of her time waiting to be saved rather than acting. Her survival was pretty much accidental. I enjoyed encountering more of the genetically engineered life forms in Atwood's world and I very much enjoyed the survival techniques and plans created by the God's Gardeners group. Although you don't necessarily need to read Oryx and Crake before The Year of the Flood, I think the stories work well together and doing so will offers a deeper reading of this book.
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