The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. 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. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. The Year of the Flood is not Atwood's best work That would be The Handmaid's Tale and not quite on par with Oryx and Crake but it isn't abysmal by any stretch of the imagination. Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? My first Atwood, shocking I know. Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers. Summary The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood.
The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power. Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? As for the characters, I found them believable, engaging and sympathetic. Memorable characters, a tightly controlled pace and shockingly plausible scenes make it fly - to a mysterious, skin-prickling ending. I'm an atheist so hymms cheesy or not about imaginary gods are never going to be My thing but sometimes you just have to let yourself be imersed in what the author is trying to achieve, or dare I say even have some faith in her obvious genius in painting such an amazing pictures with her words. By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.
This is true, but I still think it's best to read Oryx and Crake first. Now on to the next previous book. 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. The characters are vivid and their situations moving. By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive. It would have been nice if there was a warning in the description, then I wouldn't have bought it.
Loved the first book in the series and thought this would be similar. It's a strange book and it makes you think. It think it is because this one closes out many more loose ends leaving you less to think about. But no matter what the setting, Atwood just tells a good story, one filled with suspense and even levity. Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King? It was unabridged so it was always going to be long I guess - but well - too long for too little is my thought. 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.
Brennan McPherson figured out the way. Those who have retained their humanity are the outlaws. More on Toby would've been good, a female with strength and wisdom. Meanwhile, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. I also found my mind wandering off during the latter sermons but they didn't last too long. I really enjoyed the story but for some reasons the hymns included as part of the story have been turned into actual songs and it's fairly jarring to go from the narrator to a song then back to the story.
What happens when the aspects of modern culture that we take for granted are suddenly not available? I found the ending left me with more questions than answers - perhaps I need to listen to it again. The songs are incredibly boring and repetitive. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power. Atwood at her very best! Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. They can't stay locked away.
It also works to balance out the masculine perspective of the earlier work. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. I did not get through it all and dropped it three quarters of the way. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. But like the characters in the book, there is a tension between us humans and our fellow creatures.
As ever with Atwood, it is friendship between women that is noted and celebrated - friendship not without its jealousies but friendship that survives rivalry and disappointment, and has a generosity that at the end of the novel allows for hope. There's another - and another! I've read Lots of moaning about the cheesy hymms but I'm guessing that kind of lack of tolerance is why Atwood finds so much subject matter within our species. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends. Here she pose so many Eco question and how they may be handled in an increasingly fratured sociaty. Some of the techniques listed in The Year of the Flood may require a sound knowledge of Hypnosis, users are advised to either leave those sections or must have a basic understanding of the subject before practicing them. I quite liked the premised of the post apocalypse world - how would people survive? But, up to the heavier side of halfway, I felt the story added nothing to Oryx and Crake, and felt like Atwood was belaboring her point.