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The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2)

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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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Jean Cole The first book is Oryx and Crake. I enjoyed it, but for whatever reason was not able to get into the 2nd, Year of the Flood. I plan to go back to that…moreThe first book is Oryx and Crake. I enjoyed it, but for whatever reason was not able to get into the 2nd, Year of the Flood. I plan to go back to that one later.(less)
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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
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
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
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
Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
"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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
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
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been such a sin if the setting for Oryx & Crake had been wasted! So much imagination went into that particular novel that all stories parallel to Snowman’s should have the equal right to be told.

In "O & C," the two strands of plot which interweave involve Jimmy/ Snowman. There was an obvious difference between the Snowman put in charge of Crake’s children & Jimmy from the past, the naïve friend of Crake, lover of Oryx. In the second helping of the MaddAddam trilogy the sam
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
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
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
Violet wells
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
This was my first experience of Margaret Atwood and I’m afraid I don’t really get what all the fuss is about. Perhaps this is her worst novel? The first two hundred pages, relentless exposition bereft of dramatic tension, bored me. It’s one of those novels that plays catch up – starts at year twenty-five, then goes back to year zero and works its way forward. The two narrators, a kind of everygirl and everywoman, are members of a new age travellers cult, but essentially struck me as hackneyed so ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς Maddaddam, όπου διαδραματίζεται παράλληλα με το πρώτο και δρα συμπληρωματικά στο πολύ ενδιαφέρον σύμπαν που δημιούργησε η Άτγουντ. Βρισκόμαστε σε μια εποχή όπου η έρευνα και η τεχνολογία έχουν προχωρήσει σε τέτοιο μεγάλο βαθμό, που η σειρά σηκώνει μεγάλη συζήτηση Βιοηθικής. Ενώ η έρευνα πραγματοποιείται σε μεγάλα συγκροτήματα εταιριών, που ουσιαστικά έχουν τη μορφή μεγάλων πόλεων, οι λοιποί πληβείοι συσσωρεύονται στις πλεμπογειτονιές.

Στο πρώτο βιβλίο οι ήρωες ζούσαν
This work isn't perfect, there are the odd little details here and there which don't ring true, etc etc. I noted such things once and awhile as I read, but they didn't bother me much. The story is such a page-turner, that it's easy to overlook the minor flaws I thought were present. (Heck, maybe they were only present in my skull.)

The book enlarges the vision begun in Oryx and Crake. I don't think one would need to read that first, but why wouldn't you? True, I did think this book was better tha
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada
Knocked out by this one. What a page-turner.

Original review (2010):
Although this is not my favourite genre, I very much enjoyed this speculative dystopian novel. It is a parallel narrative to Oryx and Crake, set in the Pleeblands rather than the Compounds. 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 per
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Caro M.
Here's Atwood at her best - presenting us with with the stories of survivors, be it a heartbreak or the end of the world or a starvation and violence. Those stories are sometimes sad and sometimes a bit funny and always realistic, well, maybe except for the pigoons. It's like you watch the movie with many disturbing details with your friend, but he's already seen it for a couple of times, so he's not cringing unlike you are and he's encouraging you not to close your eyes, because otherwise you'l ...more
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Atwood fans, dystopia lovers, anyone in need of a smart and compelling read
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May 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
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
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jennifer (aka EM)
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Disappointing to me for its wooden characters, sluggish pace, pedestrian prose, , and ineffective conveyance of the tragedy of an apocalyptic plague. The premise of a privatization of police, then government, and a biotechnology industry gone awry to the point of danger was rendered as a fairly interesting foundation for the dystopia portrayed. The idea of a green religion based on ecology, with a Saint Rachel Carson and Euell Gibbons, and illustration of the role such a group might play in surv ...more
Sarah Anne
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I read this book! It gathers up all of the loose threads from the first and weaves the back of the tapestry so you finally have a whole. Each revelation was like "Oh!" And there were many of them. It also wasn't as disturbing and dismal as the first.

For people who were frustrated by all of the things we didn't know in Oryx & Crake, I highly recommend reading this one. The audio was also quite good, with a narrator for each of the three POVs.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Helena (Renchi King)
Prava uživancija i odmor od svih uobičajenih žanrova.Sad stvarno želim pročitati i prvi dio,iako se Godina potopa može čitati i samostalno,sve se brzo pohvata.
Dakle,budućnost koja je lako zamisliva zbog svih upozorenja kojima svjedočimo.
Pomalo distopijska priča sa dvije heroine, kao dva glavna lika.
Zanimljiva filozofija jednostavnog življenja vs. genetički inžinjering.
Stravično i fascinantno.Svakako preporuka!
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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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