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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
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it was amazing
bookshelves: apocalyptic, favorites, dark

I absolutely loved this book, one of the best I ever read. Amazing how a writer can make up such a story, of an apocalyptic world caused by 'the waterless flood' (an man-made plague)..and what this self-destruction does to the world of ours. I remember loving 'Oryx and Crake' for the weirdness and confronting character of the story, but I actually liked this one a bit better, contrary to other reviewers. This because I was intrigued by and really liked the stories of the female main players in this story, Toby and Ren, and the Gardeners. I also loved the going to and fro in time. One thing I did not like, as others also, were the Gardener chapters and the singing texts. But I see that the connection was needed to bring the story together. Just read through it quickly to continue with either an episode of Tony or Ren. 'Out of this world', this story is. Loved it from start to end. This type of book is what reading makes worthwhile. I can't wait to explore more work of Margaret Atwood, have read three so far.
What I also really like in her style: she writes short chapters, mini stories. Because I had little time to read lately, I did manage one chapter every day before sleep and looking forward to the next chapter the day after already. So this book made me read every day, albeit short pieces. Also despite that this story is really gloomy in character, there is a positive undertow throughout the whole book, as I felt it. I highly recommend this one.

'The sun brightens in the east, reddening the blue-grey haze that marks the distant ocean. The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry them. The air smells faintly of burning. The Waterless Flood, a man-made plague, has ended the world...
But two young women have survived: Ren, a young dancer traped where she worked, in an upmarket sex club (the cleanest dirty girls in town); and Toby, who watches and waits from her rooftop garden.
Is there anyone else out there? '
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Reading Progress

September 6, 2009 – Shelved
January 5, 2013 – Started Reading
January 5, 2013 –
page 29
5.6%
January 10, 2013 –
page 49
9.46%
January 13, 2013 –
page 76
14.67%
January 19, 2013 –
page 115
22.2%
January 25, 2013 –
page 150
28.96%
February 3, 2013 –
page 224
43.24%
February 10, 2013 –
page 282
54.44%
February 15, 2013 –
page 315
60.81%
February 17, 2013 –
page 335
64.67%
February 23, 2013 –
page 363
70.08%
March 2, 2013 –
page 420
81.08%
March 9, 2013 –
page 528
100%
March 9, 2013 – Finished Reading
June 16, 2013 – Shelved as: apocalyptic
October 26, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
February 20, 2019 – Shelved as: dark

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Cecily Is anyone out there?

Well, I'm here; does that count? ;)

Great review of an impressive book.


Annet I'm here too! :-)
Grand book, grand writer.


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