The Year of the Flood Î KINDLE author Margaret Atwood – dedelicate.com
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 CrakeShe built an intriguing world in OC where corporations ruled and profited through enetic engineering and Here There Be Witches gene splicing animals in a way that wouldive 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 OryxThe 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 livingGod s Gardeners are a Story of the Liberty Bell green religiousroup 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 comingRen 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 Fake Mustache 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 Floodives 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 Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog great writing but I really liked Oryx and Crake so reading this one left me feeling like Iot 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 oneAnd 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 ood This is one of the most important and necessary novels written in the twenty first century so far It s relevant it s powerful and it really is needed Go read it Margaret Atwood ended the world in Oryx and Crake She presented a vision of the future that wasn t too far removed from where the planet is heading And in a way this book is an answer to such environmental catastrophe Firstly though it s worth mentioning that this isn t really a seuel it s told alongside the events of the first book Atwood presents another vision here a vision of how we can or how we would work towards preventing environmental collapse It s the very best of speculative fiction because it plays with real world ideas and fears There s not The Year of the Flood is a seuel to her 2003 book Oryx and Crake Those characters arrive here in the back uarter 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 enetic 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 novelHer focus is on a Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories group known as the Gardeners areen organization dedicated to preparing for the coming flood by returning to as natural a state as possible recycling wherever possible Drawing Straws growing their own food minimizing their impact on the environment But human dynamics being what they are even thereens 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 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 plagueand 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 oing 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 uickly 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 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 The sun brightens in the east reddening the blue rey haze that marks the distant ocean The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry.
The Year of the Flood Î KINDLE author Margaret Atwood – dedelicate.com
Ommunicate with Shit I ll even talk to him about football if it means I Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference get to use my vocal chords This is ill advised Approach with caution And aun if you have one because for some reason these post apocalyptic tales seem to consistently contain the obstacle of a severe shortage of The scarecrow 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 theenetically engineered Elizabeth Cady Stanton global pandemic which is the foundation of this storySorry I keep deviating from the trail here Being a woman on a decimated planet sucks and that fact is one of thelaring 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 After the End 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 theirl 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 The Doll and Her Friends (1893) 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 uantities 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 behindene splicing and other scientific attempts to play Septiņi god the role or lack thereof of spirituality in rising above ravenous earthly desires and the overwhelming and ever increasing threat that is theoverning 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 uestioning 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 Nightbane World Book One 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 couldet 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 The All New Jonah Twist good job What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same uestion The Year of the Flood is a fabulous and thought provoking novel from Margaret Atwood And yet another novel from Atwood that I will need to read multiple times Though the second book in the trilogy The Year of the Flood is a companion novel to Oryx and Crake Book 1 than a continuation of it The lives of the main characters Ren and Toby intersect with Jimmy Snowman and Glenn Crake from Oryx and Crake but the emphasis in this near future is definitely on Ren and Toby and their differing perspective on events leading up to and after thelobal pandemic unleashed on humanity This book also highlights a reen or eco religiousmystical sect known as God s Gardeners that was mentioned in the first book but never explored at any length One commonality though are the ubiuitous ene spliced creatures that have been engineered and turned loose into the wild Jimmy s pet rakunk Killer like other raccoon skunk hybrids had been created to be a pet Also like Oryx and Crake The Year of the Flood is a cautionary tale of science that has Legon Ascension (Legon Series gone off the rails This is further emphasized by the creation of the Blysspluss pill advertised as thereatest sexual experience of your life In Oryx and Crake Jimmy promotes this pill that triggers the near extinction of mankind Again though this is a completely different take on events both before and after the plague Very engaging and thought provoking read 45 stars 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 PMS got the idea of the immortality of the soul it was a conseuence oframmar 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 The Two of Swords going back in time until youet to I don t know and that s what God isA Waking up in a world that is clearly dystopian but unfortunately all too familiar That is what Margaret Atwood is so Sinfully Damaged (Master Mistress, good at seeing where we are heading and turning it into a science fiction story which sometimes hits closer to home than most news reports we are inundated with each day our daily flood The Year Of The Flood the day of the flood the hour of the flood catastrophe is accelerating like everything else When your head spins and your fever rises and your hope skydives there is something strangely comforting in reading about a catastrophe that is different from the one outside your window in your home in your roomWhatever is different isood While living a Groundhog Day of Apocalyptic proportions reading Margaret Atwood again and again makes me feel better How Why Because there is intelligent life on our planet still she shows that in her crystal clear prose and humorous inventionBecause humanity is made of survivors She shows that in the unforgettable characters that fight for their existence long after existence as they knew it had left themBecause fiction remains when reality fails us And also most importantly because the year of the flood has a SEUEL It is nice to know that the world keeps ABCs of Baseball going even if our origin story will sound slightly off biblical in the era of MaddAddamTo life. D where she worked in an upmarket sex club the cleanest dirtyirls in town; and Toby who watches and waits from her rooftop arden Is anyone else out ther.
Ime 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 loomy 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 Taken By the Sheriff the Deputy Too! 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 worldBut two young women have survived Ren a young dancer traped where she worked in an upmarket sex club the cleanest dirtyirls in town and Toby who watches and waits from her rooftop Kentucky Grandmothers garden Is there anyone else out there I deleted my review from 6 years ago because I don t think I understood half of what was being spoken about and justot washed away by the public consensus on the book I still think it is Štěky Broka Špindíry great but I am sure I understand it better now and notice somelaring faults with it As a seuel 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 The Blackmailed Secretary glaringly obvious for example not only Ren but Amanda too dates Jimmy at some point in her life One still doesn tet a clearer picture of what led Glen to his apocalyptic conclusions was there an influence of If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, 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 camerasiving 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 ualm 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 Improve Your Communication Skills grit and survival Theardeners 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 Decadent (Wicked Lovers guided tour through the chaos and dwell on the implications of this waterless flood updateYOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ORYX AND CRAKE FIRST The Year of the Flood is not a seuel even thoughoodreads 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 loveenjoyunderstand The Year of the FloodI 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 When Digital Becomes Human gave me a nice distance from this harsh new worldI verown 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 Intermix Nation 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 ofirl on De-cluttering Your Closet girl betrayal And really she did have it coming 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 feelrateful 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 uys It s been awhile Sorry I cracked all those hippie militia jokes about you HehNot 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 overning 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 Humanizing Big Data 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 areratuitously punctuated by personal violations which would send a shiver down von Trier s spineEven with ender 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 Them the air smells faintly of burning The waterless flood a manmade plague has ended the worldBut two young women have survived Ren a young dancer trappe.
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario uebec and Toronto She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe CollegeThroughout her writing career Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees She is the author of than thirty five volumes of poetry childr