The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2) by Margaret Atwood


The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2)
Title : The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2)
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ISBN : 0385528779
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 431

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability Adam One, the kindly leader of the God s Gardeners a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life Two women have survived Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God s Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible Have others survived Ren s bioartist friend Amanda Zeb, her eco fighter stepfather Her onetime lover, Jimmy Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual elimination Painball prison Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powersMeanwhile, gene spliced life forms are proliferating the lion lamb blends, the Mo hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue As Adam One and his intrepid hemp clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move They can t stay locked awayBy turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.


The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2) Reviews


  • Kemper

    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 OC 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 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 OC 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 the woman they both loved, Oryx.The Year of the Flood centers around two women, Ren and Toby, through the course of their lives before, during and after the disaster that occurs in OC Tobey has been victimized by bad luck and a vicious man to end up having to hide with the God s Gardener s Ren s mother fell for one of the Gardeners and left her husband, taking Ren from the cushy corporate compound they had been living.God s Gardeners are a green religious group led by Adam One By taking animal rights to a peaceful extreme and tying it to Christianity, they ve attracted a small following despite the consumerist culture around them Adam One preaches about the Waterless Flood, a disaster that will pay back humankind for all the injustices done to the animal kingdom, and those who have read Oryx Crake know that Reckonin Day is coming.Ren is eventually returned to the corporate compound life, but never forgets her time with GG or her best friend, Amanda Tobey is surprised to find herself becoming one of the respected senior members of the GG as time passes Neither woman knows it, but they keep brushing up against the events and people who will eventually cause the Flood Especially Ren who s first real boyfriend, Jimmy from OC, breaks her heart and leaves her pining for him for the rest of the book I was really looking forward to reading about this culture that Atwood had described in Oryx and Crake, especially since the first book centered on the elite types who work and live in the corporate compounds, and this was about the rest of the people trying to live in a world turned into a biological and ecological madhouse But after reading it, I really don t see what the point was Oryx and Crake did just fine as a standalone book Giving me another version of events from an outsider s perspective really didn t add anything to it More, since I knew how it was going to end, I wasn t nearly as involved in this story as I was OC Plus, while OC ended on an ambiguous note, Year of the Flood gives us resolution to that book, only to introduce a new ambiguous ending Also, there are far too many coincidences to be remotely plausible about survivors who knew each other before the Flood constantly running into each other after the big disaster It s less of an apocalypse and like a class reunion I haven t been this disappointed since Jar Jar Binks showed up And I m worried that Atwood will be releasing Special Digitally Enhanced Versions of Oryx Crake and The Year of the Flood very soon I probably shouldn t be this hard on a book that had some great writing, but I really liked Oryx and Crake so reading this one left me feeling like I got a plate of reheated leftovers and it s making me bitter I have no idea if Atwood plans to do any books related to this story, so if she releases some kind of brilliant third book that ties all of this together and enhances the overall story, I reserve the right to change my mind about this one And on a humorous side note, I listened to the audio book version of this, and the song lyrics included by Atwood as part of Adam One s sermons have been turned into some horrible post modern Christian rock tunes It made Creed sound good

  • smetchie

    update 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 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 update 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 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 violet biolet is and have seen Mo Hairs on people on the street all my life I liked it It made for a sort of culture shock that gave me a nice distance from this harsh new world.I ve grown fearful of reading Margaret Atwood over the past few years I adore her writing but the characters can be so awful to each other and the stories can be painful and depressing They can make me loathe the human race and that s not me I actually like human beings and I truly believe we re made to be good So I was beyond pleased that this book features sweet characters with faith and heart who care for each other and their world And Bonus There was just a modicum of girl on girl betrayal And really, she did have it coming

  • 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 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 self obsessed Though I agree with her in spirit, I am prone to try and win an argument for the sake of it bad habit , and always retort with something along the lines of yes, let us follow that logic to its conclusion there is only one, most saddest little person who has it the worst of all in the whole wide world throughout all of time, and only he or she is deserving of coming face to face with his or her reality, and finding it regrettable and sadness worthy This is, of course, not what she meant, but the conversation which we have had a zillion times over the years, and which always concludes with two sets of hands in the air always leaves me thinking about what that actual, worst case scenario could be I think I have cracked it, folks it is being a female in a post apocalyptic scenario Of course, everyone has it rough when left to fight for basic survival in a wasteland after being pampered and defeated by the tough loving arms of a convenience based, desire inventing, force feeding, complex society for all of their lives Well, most everyone Though I make fun of them for their extreme lifestyles today, some of my old buddies who turned to some mutation of a freegan, survivalist mentality and started living in improvised homes in various woodland areas would be the first people I would actively seek out if the shit really went down and I had somehow managed to survive the initial death move You know, the folks who actually know how to build a fire with sticks and leaves, and can tell you which berries and mushrooms are poisonous rather than edible Hey, guys It s been awhile Sorry I cracked all those hippie militia jokes about you Heh Not fun for anyone, that whole End of the World thing, but man does having ladybits ever make shit worse Not only are you shake down able, potentially threatening, and edible to the surviving crazies with nothing left to lose and absolutely no laws or fearful penalties or even s governing their actions whatsoever, you are also, ummm, do I use a euphemism here You re fuckable Forcibly As are men, naturally, but the threat to females is visceral as the gender unfortunately oft considered to be inferior, subservient, weaker, breakable, etc, particularly in the already deteriorated, woman munching dystopia presented here before the mass deaths begin I do not scoff at the plot twist in 28 Days Later, I find it probable I don t judge the Man s wife in The Road for her decision to wander out into the snowstorm, I sympathize with her The women in The Year of the Flood have it so much worse, too Though there are elements of survival y empowered female inspiration here, they are gratuitously punctuated by personal violations which would send a shiver down von Trier s spine.Even with gender aside, one of the recurrent nightmare themes in post apocalyptic tales is that every human being you encounter you must fear, though your initial response may be A human To survive with To communicate with Shit, I ll even talk to him about football if it means I get to use my vocal chords This is ill advised Approach with caution And a gun if you have one, because for some reason these post apocalyptic tales seem to consistently contain the obstacle of a severe shortage of guns considering the limited number of surviving humans, which is unfathomable to me as an American who has spent the majority of her life in Oklahoma and Texas In this novel, of course, that is covered by the fact that the Totalitarian Corporate Regime in thinly veiled control of society has done massive sweeps and disarmed almost all of its citizenry decades before The Year of the Flood , The Flood being the genetically engineered global pandemic which is the foundation of this story.Sorry, I keep deviating from the trail, here Being a woman on a decimated planet sucks, and that fact is one of the glaring themes of this, the second book in what is to become Atwood s MaddAddam Trilogy To highlight this point, the story is told primarily from the perspective of two female survivors, women who had seen firsthand some of the scariest sides of power mixed with violence mixed with sexuality even before the world completely fell apart I won t even go into why the human race was for the most part forcibly brought to extinction, as this is covered in the first novel, Oryx and Crake, told through the eyes of one of the main male characters who believes himself to be the remaining human on the ruins of this planet, and relates the tale of how he came to be so through a series of flashbacks Let s just say that the fact that the girl you love and pay to bang has started banging your hotter, sexually experienced, alcoholic bad boy friend without making him pay for it may not be the best reason tolash out on others, andyou re an asshole, Gene or Crake or whatever the fuuh, yeah, that book s pretty good too, so you should just read it Themes also addressed in both novels are the rape of the earth by technological advancement, disregard of various animal species and the almost sexualized desire for massive quantities of their flesh as meals and fancy clothes to the point of wiping them out completely and destroying their habitats even the strippers and prostitutes in the novel wear bird, lizard, and other animal costumes as a rule, just for one example , the potential threats and miracles behind gene splicing and other scientific attempts to play god , the role or lack thereof of spirituality in rising above ravenous earthly desires, and the overwhelming and ever increasing threat that is the governing powers of large corporations It s the whole Is the human race a parasite the earth will one day cure itself of Should some human come around and maybe help the earth along in that regard argument As this novel is what Atwood refers to as speculative fiction rather than some completely improbable sci fi scenario, her hand offers up a light pat rather than a shove she seems less preachy, and questioning Ever the Justitia, she asks rather than says, speculates rather than feigning the prophet, weighs it all in the scales while leaving each side swinging up, down, up, down like the ticking of a pendulum This is one of the things that I particularly love about Atwood There is a final installment which as of now has no release date The first two have ended as installments are wont to do with cliffhangers I guess what I am feeling right now is the same thing that made me have to work until 4am at my old bookstore job just so those asshole kids could get their Harry Potter books the very second they came out I feel almost as impatient for the next book as I do for the next season of Dexter Damn you authors of serialized things and their shocking, open ended finales Also, good job

  • 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 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, desires for fulfillment, personal searches for meaning Atwood works multiple time lines, from year 1 to year 25 of the waterless flood, a never fully explained disaster that may be the result of viral infection caused by side effects of genetic engineering One can figure it out, but look to Oryx and Crake for further understanding I felt that the amount of time dedicated to her characters youth made it feel at times like a YA novel.Her focus is on a group known as the Gardeners a green organization dedicated to preparing for the coming flood by returning to as natural a state as possible, recycling wherever possible, growing their own food, minimizing their impact on the environment But human dynamics being what they are, even the greens are not immune to the sins that are a part of human nature And anyone who has been in a political or religious organization of any sort will recognize the sort of nit picking discussions she portrays here I liked the book and would recommend it Don t expect a masterpiece like Handmaid s Tale, but Atwood s alarm signals are worth heeding

  • Shayantani Das

    I deleted my review from 6 years ago because I don t think I understood half of what was being spoken about and just got washed away by public consensus on the book I still think it is great, but I am sure I understand it better now and notice some glaring faults with it As a sequel to Oryx and Crake, I remember subtle references tying it to the earlier story Now I feel like there is nothing subtle about these references, they are so glaringly obvious, for example not only Ren but Amanda too I deleted my review from 6 years ago because I don t think I understood half of what was being spoken about and just got washed away by public consensus on the book I still think it is great, but I am sure I understand it better now and notice some glaring faults with it As a sequel to Oryx and Crake, I remember subtle references tying it to the earlier story Now I feel like there is nothing subtle about these references, they are so glaringly obvious, for example not only Ren but Amanda too dates Jimmy at some point in her life One still doesn t get a clearer picture of what led Glen to his apocalyptic conclusions, was there an influence of gardener ideology or just individual agenda, and what was Jimmy s designated role in all of this If we look at the plethora of new characters as cameras giving us a different angle view of an event from the last book, then I wonder why the book chooses to show us the same scenes instead of delving into all the aspects Jimmy s pov ignored This minor qualm aside, the book is brilliant, it takes you out of the compound and shows you different parts of the world created by Atwood The world building is astounding, and Toby s story is a profoundly moving narrative of grit and survival The gardeners are an interesting bunch to explore The layering of the two perspectives, especially when the two characters are around each other create compelling storytelling This is such a well fleshed out world and Atwood is such a deft writer the reader can rest assured in competent hands taking them on a guided tour through the chaos and dwell on the implications of this waterless flood

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    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 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 evaporated from the planet crushed under the dominance of the human race Scientists have unraveled the DNA of life and are populating the world with creatures that are blends of several species The future is about gene splitting and synthetic drugs and powerful corporations with names like CorpSeCorps have been formed around the creation of a flood of genetically mutated products There is an addictive form of coffee called Happicuppas and an equally addictive form of a mysterious meat source burger called, with no deception, Secretburgers There are Liobams cross between a lion and a lamb , pigoons creatures engineered for organ harvest , Mo hair sheeps with human hair ,pigs with human brain tissue, rakunks animals bred to be good pets , green haired glow in the dark rabbits, and snats an experimental hybrid of a snake and rat There are a genetically engineered blob like chicken that produces only breast meat This creature, if you can call it a creature, is the source for the popular take out food outlet ChickieNob Nubbins The story revolves around two women girls named Toby and Ren who at bisecting points spend time under the protective wing of The God s Gardners A group of naturalists that are vehemently vegetarian They are lead by Adams and Eves, differentiated by numerals, who see themselves as the beginning of the rebuilding of the Earth Neither woman is a firm believer, but stay because the alternatives in this chaotic world are rather grim Toby escaped from the drudgery work of a Secretburger outlet where the manager, Blanco, demands degrading acts of sexual gratification for her continued employment Even after she escapes his clutches he continues to be a menacing presence in her life Blanco is like the Terminator he just won t die He is punished for his many criminal acts by being sent into a game called Painballer where instead of paint pellets participant s weapons are loaded with an acidic compound He survives not only one, but several campaigns into the arena and when not creating mayhem for other people he continues to hunt for Toby Ren s mother falls in lust with one of the Gardeners and leaves her cushy position as the wife of a corporate executive to join The God s Gardeners She takes Ren with her and when the relationship sours she takes Ren back to her father with a dramatic story of her abduction and degradation by the Gardeners Ren later becomes a trapeze artist at a high end sex club called The Scales and Tails The world unravels when Crake releases the Blysspluss pill that is advertised as the greatest sexual experience of your life It activates a plague that effectively wipes a large percentage of the population off the planet Through luck, than skill, both Toby and Ren survive the outbreak This book weaves around the book Oryx and Crake and is the second book in a proposed trilogy It isn t even really a continuation of the story, but tracks over the same ground from a different perspective We learn background about Jimmy the Snowman and Glenn Crake I loved Oryx and Crake and this book is a shadow of OC mainly because even though I am exposed to elements not covered in the first bookthe plot does not advance If you liked OC you probably should read this one It reads fast and you will appreciate having your view of this world expanded I believe the third book will determine how highly elevated this trilogy will be regarded I highly recommend reading OC before embarking on The Year of the Flood The thing of it is Margaret Atwood is brilliant, and I have a feeling she has a wonderful surprise in store for us with the much anticipated conclusion You will only be slightly disappointed in this book, maybe my expectations were too high for a middle book, but it is well worth the few hours of your time

  • Fabian

    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 na ve friend of Crake, lover of Oryx In the second helping of the MaddAddam trilogy the sam 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 na ve friend of Crake, lover of Oryx In the second helping of the MaddAddam trilogy the same two plot braid is undertaken by its creator, the inexhaustibly amazing Margaret Atwood Two parallel stories, one of Ren in first person, the other of Toby in third, are interchanged like the Jimmy and Snowman story lines, no doubt to keep the reader s spark lit It s somewhat confusing to keep track of both similar lives than it is to concentrate on solely one The scope widens in part two of this trilogy of speculative fiction There is an addition to the story told in O and C here it talks further about the MaddAddam network, of the players involved in the creation of the plague, brilliantly referred to as the Waterless Flood The panorama is complex and very original I will venture to say, however, that the endless appeal to these both, other than pertaining to an amazing trilogy which continues what began in Oryx and Crake and is further explored in The Year of the Flood, is the embedded wit inside the horror story Could our Cormac McCarthy endeavor to do such a thing So what is there to say about consciousness in the novel So many brains are at work here, neurons still conducive, while entire organisms are becoming extinguished There is obviously consciousness in the survivors although Why do they all meet up so neatly in the last sections, converging plot lines, when devastation has assured us that chaos, not order, will reign supreme , and life still goes on After the end of the world, people still love and hate, suffer and forgive Chapter 55 is the chapter on Consciousness, God 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 That s how people got the idea of the immortality of the soul it was the consequence of grammar Grammar would be impossible without the FoxP2 gene so God is a brain mutation 316 Atwood litters upon her futuristic landscape teensy kernels of poetic wisdom, as hers is a world populated not only by new creatures, but by brainiac scientists and average Joes alike There is so much authenticity in this modern writer the confidence she exudes in making up so SO MUCH fiction is almost tangible Literally fantastic Descriptions and odd silly classifications this is what to look for inside Atwood s impressive menagerie Ans as advice to the writer reader, and as further thoughts on consciousness and the brain, Atwood tells us to simply do the following Use your meat computer 316

  • Violet wells

    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 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 soap opera characters They experience a typical concatenation of female experience, most notably disappointment in love and abuse at the hands of male vanity and privilege But Atwood had no revelations to pass on, nothing interesting to tell me about these experiences Not once, until the final hundred pages, did I find myself looking forward to what might happen next Not once was I able to empathise with her characters except in the most superficial way As storytelling it just never got my interest until perhaps the last hundred pages when we finally arrive back at the beginning and move forward The satire seemed to me suffocating so that everything else in the novel, especially the characters, had to play second fiddle to the fusillade of very predictable jibes at contemporary culture Compared to masters of satire like Nabokov and Amis this struck me often as childish and indulgently self pleasuring The writing itself was okay but again largely uninspired Yes, there were some nice touches most of which have since been stolen by other writers of dystopian fiction and better employed But too often it read to me like the literary equivalent of those sci fi films before special effects existed and ultimately failed to tick any of my boxes I m afraid I won t be in any great hurry to read another Margaret Atwood novel

  • Lauren

    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 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 light on it with each chapter in her books alas, I think she has one possibly two story to tell here Year of the Flood has two narrators both survivors of an apocalyptic event a waterless flood , and both linked from their associations with God s Gardeners , a religious sect The two women are of different generations but share the foundations of the Gardeners beliefs long after they have left the group s compound The story moves back and forth in time before and after The Flood , describing the lives of the women as they move about, and how they eventually come back together after The Flood mentioned in the title of the book.Atwood s creation of the Gardeners is so fascinating she has gathered the cult s doctrine and principles from 19th century transcendentalism, Jain and Hindu philosophies, post modern environmental thought, the zeal of 1970 s born again Christianity with a tad of Hare Krishna devotion, the apocalyptic asceticism of the Essenes, as well as the homesteading, return to the land movement of post Industrial North America The hierarchy is based around a group of senior leaders, called the Adams and Eves Adam One is the group s leader and pastor of sorts, because he teaches the group and is featured in several chapters in the book with some of his sermons, followed by songs that are sung by the Gardeners The audiobook version had all of the composed songs with accompaniment, and the songs are also available on Atwood s website The group canonizes scientists like Dian Fossey and Jacques Cousteau, and has feast days for St Rachel Carson and so many other well known luminaries in the fields of ecology, zoology, and life sciences They also celebrate days like Mole Day and Predator Day , noting the importance of food chain, the smallest creatures and their contributions, etc I will admit, there were a few times that I just had to take a pause, Atwood blew my mind than once One of my new favorites, hands down

  • 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 OC as everyone says it is it s 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 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 OC as everyone says it is it s 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 the sermons and hymns in the end It didn t knock me on my ass the way OC did, tho But maybe I should be happy about that Heh Later. Further notes no no this is not a review, not even a sketch of one I wasn t sure the people saying that having the big reveal in OC took suspense away from Flood were right, but.maybe Caring about the people in the story and watching the waterless waves roll in it makes sense in the book was even grinding, though I really hope we don t revisit it in Book Three, it s horrifying every time I can t help but think this is in some sense an answer to all the disaster porn zombie love stuff out there and not in a toughass are you MAN enough to carry your own boomstick way What I really liked about OC was how the narrative and story fit seamlessly together yeah, Jimmy was a blitzed post apoc wanderer, but it was clear there was something really wrong with him, he d been smashed before that, and his dual narrative how this happened along with how could I have let this happen was really moving That was a lot easier for me to follow than Flood s shifting chronologies and structures, even though they were clearly outlined datelined, actually You had Ren and Toby s alternate narratives both shifting without break into the past and back again, which for me made it hard to keep the timeline straight, even tho Adam One s sermons are basically the spine of the book for a while I kept thinking Toby was a lot younger than she was, which threw the interactions out of whack This makes me think the narrative might be clearer in a physical book, with actual page breaks, and I could ve flipped back to check on what was happening in previous Years, c On the Kindle it s just sort of forge ahead I did love how in this book, the men are seen mostly as romantic interludes from the POV of the women, the women characters are truly kickass TOBY , everyone was a lot keen and clear eyed than poor Jimmy a low bar, there altho the constant sort of low pitched humming that s how it affected me, like a weird sonic frequency of sexual assault buzzing through the storyline made me uncomfortable, it was hard to relax into the story Just like REAL LIFE, haha Oryx s story in OC was harrowing, but it was just one story told by one person, to a man Atwood depicts the constant not so low level atmosphere of threat women move in all the time, like an element in addition to air, that weighs us down, and that was even harrowing And trust Atwood to blow up the dual rape as background grit rape as motivation for Kickass Heroines tropes in one book I didn t realize til I started reading MaddAddam how much I missed the Crakers their place in the story, the stories they want, the stories told about and to them I think they re one of Atwood s best creations limited, quasi angelic, maddening, childlike, innocent, unspoiled, Other without being ruined by the pressure of alienation hah, I guess that makes them actual aliens I m punchy, I went unwillingly to bed at like quarter to five in the morning, what do you want from me They re like something from a Tiptree story But not nightmarish and or doomed The Gardeners were a little bit like that they started off as a wheezy yet unsettling low level cult, and then mostly through Pilar and Adam One turned into real people, and Peggy got me with the hymns to moles and weeds I know I keep harping on those, but really A HYMN to WEEDS An actual one, that you can sing That encapsulates Atwood, right there Things I loved TOBY Pilar Toby as Persephone Ren and Amanda s friendship Ren and Amanda RESCUING EACH OTHER Jimmy s love life seen through the rather disenchanted eyes of his girlfriends, heh Crake ditto HAMMERHEAD Trust me, it is hilarious when you get there The non condemning non patronizing portrayal of sex work and how a lot of work, for women, by men, turns into sex work anyway, often unpaid Did I say Toby I even loved Adam One after a while, all preachy and annoying at first, but sort of pragmatic yet ethical later, like an actual saint must have been you know Hildegard of Bingen, say, was a canny lady TOBY Toby being a badass in a hot pink caftan with a shotgun was, again, like the flip shot of Snowman being a poor bumbling fool wrapped in his filthy sheet waving his dick empty weapon around.Finally, the non lulzy presentation of Amanda s actual work the words aren t written, but they re written in matter which decays, and then predators are made into a pattern, and the words are themselves eaten and changed made me think these books aren t really about genetic splicing or social satire or climate change, but storytelling, the role of mythology, how we narrate ourselves Crake can eradicate violence from his engineered children, but not stories They understood about dreaming He knew that they dreamed themselves Crake hadn t been able to eliminate dreams We re hard wired for dreams, he d said He couldn t get rid of the singing either We re hard wired for singing Singing and dreams were intertwined. Songs that are dreams has there ever been a better description of art