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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
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May 27, 2011

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bookshelves: postapocalyptic, science-fiction, sexual-violence, religion, sci-ecology, gws, feminist-as-fuck
Read from May 27 to June 23, 2011

As a huge Atwood fan who loved Oryx and Crake, I was disappointed I couldn't rate this as high as its predecessor. I loved the previous book for its unflinching brutality, and for its unforgettable main trio. It was a satisfying tale of the corporate world getting pushed off a cliff. That isn't to say that YOTF was lacking in violence - it definitely touched more concretely on the themes of commodified sex and pornography. I liked that she armed Toby with a lot of strength and wisdom despite the sexual violence she's lived through. I liked that she didn't immediately judge the Gardeners as religious terrorists or a cult. But I wasn't as captivated as I was with the original story, which was a bit more of a distilled dystopia.

Margaret Atwood is masterful at mixing total violence and horror with tenderness and grace. Some of her novels are more brutal than others. The Handmaid's Tale is a hammer into a patriarchal skull. Oryx takes down environmentally-destructive corporations with a machine-gun firing squad. In its sequel, they're unfortunately just bebe guns.
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