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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
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Jan 10, 2010

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Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood takes place in the same universe as Oryx and Crake, which means revisiting the CorpSeCorps, pigoons, pleeblands, ANooYoo, Helth-Wyzer, the Watson-Crick Institute – every fine detail of what will eventually be known as the MaddAddam Trilogy.

In the first installment, Atwood focused solely on Jimmy / Snowman and his involvement in the events that led to worldwide cataclysm. In this novel though, Atwood deals with many characters, most of whom are female, all of whom are part of God’s Gardeners, a marginalized environmental activism group. The Gardeners resemble a religious cult and live to serve the earth, doing everything possible to not harm it or its creatures. Their leader, Adam One, provides sermons at the beginning of every chapter and follows them with a hymn, which provides a chronological and thematic framework to each chapter.

Much like its predecessor, the main character in this novel isn’t a character itself, but rather the rich, provocative world that Atwood has created. However, unlike the first novel, the characters don’t contribute as directly to the overall social upheaval. We hear about the events from other characters and put the pieces together ourselves. Though Atwood does begin each chapter with the year in which it is being told, she does travel liberally around time with each character, which can be a bit disorienting (a flashback to Year Ten can be told in Year Twenty-Five, and the transition from the present time can be very subtle).

Much like watching “Lost” or a similarly intricate TV show, the best parts of The Year of the Flood were the moments in which it overlapped with Oryx and Crake. Characters that appeared briefly and inconsequentially in the latter are fully developed in the former; more details are given regarding the downfall of civilization or “the Waterless Flood” as Adam One calls it; Jimmy and Glenn themselves make their own enlightening appearances.

I must admit that I’m still a bit confused regarding the whole MaddAddam network and what exactly their involvement was with the Watson-Crick pharmaceutical conspiracy. But that won’t stop me from reading the third novel in this trilogy when it is released.
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