Book Review: The Year of the Flood

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"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 powers...

Meanwhile, 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 away...
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The Year of the Flood took me some time to warm to. Margaret Atwood has a habit of writing with a mixture of black humor, dystopian themes, and outright ridiculousness. But midway through the book I found it difficult to put down. The pace quickened without losing the character-driven aspects of the novel. Yay!


Unfortunately, just as I couldn’t put it down, it ended. About two chapters shy of an actual ending. It’s the second of a series, which I didn’t realize when I started it, so maybe…there’s a third book coming? I should definitely check out the third book in the series.


Anyway, this is good if you enjoy political satire dystopian novels with dry humor, a language all their own, and admirable female characters.

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