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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
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Apr 26, 12

bookshelves: audiobook, fiction, fantasy
Read in April, 2012

As always, Margaret Atwood creates a future world which illustrates the underside of our political and scientific decisions from reliance on corporate outsourcing, genetic engineering, and unwillingness to look at the full range of consequences of our actions. In this particular novel, she builds a world around a group called the Gardeners, a Christian group advocating peace, vegetarianism, recycling, reuse, and making a small imprint on the planet. They create a roof-top garden in a desolate neighborhood, scavenging, and growing what they need. This is not necessarily a perfect group, but it has underlying principles which create a framework and community for survival when "the flood", not of water but disease comes. Atwood's language is particularly effective in creating a sense of this future and she brings in characters and creatures from previous novels. The audiobook was particularly well done with each of the 3 narrative voices read by a different person, and the hymns/songs following the "sermons" sung in what began to feel like an otherworldly voice. One has to be willing to be challenged and to some extent frightened about the future, but that is the power of her writing.
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