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The Year Of The Flood: 2 (MaddAddam) Audio CD – MP3 Audio, July 1, 2014
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- Publisher : Bolinda audio; Unabridged edition (July 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1486225438
- ISBN-13 : 978-1486225439
- Item Weight : 2.11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.55 x 4.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,827,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The alternating narratives of the two protagonists, Ren and Toby, are the vehicles through which the rest of the story is told--of the "waterless flood" which destroyed the world as it had been known. At times, the story reminded me of Stephen King's The Stand as the few survivors gradually become aware of one another and piece together what happened. There is the familiar storyline of good vs evil, in Atwood's telling the bad being corporate greed, religious fanaticism and the like, and the good being community, love and compassion for one another. As the last part of the book unfolds, there are connections back to Oryx and Crake and some of the characters that peopled that story.
All in all, I will read the third (and last) book in this series, MaddAddam, because I've come this far and would like to see how Atwood ties up all the lose ends. But I'm hoping it will be a more satisfying read than this second in the series.
This book should really be called The Quarter Century of the Waterless Flood. The USA government failed around the year 2100 and the various Corporation security forces took charge ending up in "he who has the gold makes the rules". For safety reasons, the Corporations had already built their areas into walled enclaves of peace and safety, they just extended their influence into the general populace.
The 22nd century is a wild and crazy place. The gene splicers are running rampant in the center of civilization and at the edges. Many different animals have been spliced together or modified for different reasons. A religious cult had a liobam built from a lion and lamb and then set them to roam free. A drug manufacturer built the pigoon, a pig with significant human DNA for growing human hearts and kidneys, up to ten at a time. But the human DNA made the pigoon a predator and a team builder.
Crake was the best of the gene splicers. He bioengineered enhancements for humans to extend life and make people younger. And then he built his children, a new human with less violent tendencies and able to live from eating grass. And then Crake built a virus, a horrible virus that killed off 99+% of the human race around the globe in a year. Except, those few people that Crake gave the vaccine to or managed to quarantine themselves away from the populace.
And there are the eco-terrorists. They created a microbe to eat the tar out of asphalt roads, leaving only the gravel. They created targeted viruses to kill people they did not like. And many other reprehensible creatures and acts.
The one fault of the two books so far is that it is difficult at times to tell when the chapter is set. The time for each chapter keeps on running back into the past twenty-five years and the "present". There is a time identifier at the beginning of each chapter but one must consciously read it and relate it to the book as it is not an absolute value.
Having just finished “The Year of the Flood” it is evident that the story’s timeline overlaps “Oryx and Crake in the ending chapters and actually there is a blend to the timeline. I have just begun “MaddAddams” though and can understand it as the last of the series.
You have to appreciate Ms. Atwood’s ability to weave a plot and intertwine books in the series and to just hold the thoughts that the plot is going no where. Time wise, there is overlap in the first two books from a chronological standpoint. This trilogy is apocalyptic; but, caused by man’s misguided tampering into genetics an not due to alien invasion or global nuclear confrontation which makes it all the more interesting.
I’d be surprised if you enjoy the books if you do not find yourself at some point, driving up to McDonalds and asking for the King Size Chicky-Knob Nubbins. 😂
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Like the first book, this has dual timelines, moving back and forth between the time before the "Waterless Flood" that wiped out most of humanity and the months that follow. It is told from the alternating point of view of two survivors, Toby and Ren, both of whom are interesting characters who you can't help but feel a good deal of sympathy for.
Oryx and Crake focussed on the elite, and as such, although the unpleasantness of the world was easy to read between the lines, for much of the time, the centrals characters were having a broadly pleasant time. Here, the focus shifts to the underbelly (which seems to include a large proportion of society) and the true horrors of the world become clear. Above all, the story focuses on an environmentalist cult, the God's Gardeners, who were mentioned briefly in the first book. The author undoubtedly deserves admiration for imagining an entire religion, including huge amounts of detail on their holy days and liturgy. I found them intriguing to read about, but was never quite sure whether we were meant to be rooting for them or laughing at them. They were clearly presented as a better alternative to the rest of the world, but they had some deeply odd qualities. Clearly, an author shouldn't make characters or organisations too black and white, but the extent of the ambiguity here was oddly disconcerting. Furthermore, while I admire the fact that the author had created such a fully fleshed out world that she'd imagined lots of hymns the Gardeners might sing, I wished that most of them had stayed inside her imagination. Reading through services and hymns every few chapters quickly became trying, but that's my only real complaint with the book.
I did, however, have one little niggle. Having had my imagination thoroughly captured by the way Jimmy was portrayed as the last man on earth in Book Two, I found it slightly underwhelming that this book gradually revealed quite a few survivors. Jimmy had been specifically given an antidote, so that's fair enough, but Crake's grand plan to create a new and better race of humans and wipe out humanity seems pretty feeble if people could survive because they were in a deserted spa or even an isolation room. Worse, all the survivors so far seem to know each other, which seems a rather far-fetched coincidence. I was able to put aside this niggle and enjoy the book on its own terms, but it slightly weakened the overall impact of the series for me. Besides, even if it was a little odd, trying to work out how everyone knew each other and matching the fully-fledged characters of this book with passing references in the earlier one (and vice versa) was lots of fun. Taken together, the books also give a fuller view of the world, and help to explain some of the mysteries of the plot.
Finally, the book was very well-written and plotted, but that almost goes without saying with Atwood. Definitely worth a read if you're a fan of either good literature or dystopia.
Set in a dystopian future the book chronicles the lives of a wide cast of disparate characters, thus enabling the reader to better understand the new world order. It works as a standalone read, although the references to characters from the first book of the series add interest.
As with other futuristic books by this author, the world she creates is all too believable. From the brothels to the beauty parlours to the segregated housing and healthcare for rich and poor, the reader will recognise the direction in which the modern world could be heading. The book is both comic and frightening in it's perceptiveness.
It is easy to read but has depth and action in abundance. Although it is tempting to despair of the foolish and selfish actions that have lead to this place in time, there remains humanity, friendship and compassion within individual relationships, alongside the power struggles inside the many groups. It feels real and therefore all too believable.
Leaps of faith are required, such as the creation of a new race by Crake (for which the first book offers background), but the studies of religion, power and humanity's acceptance of what should be horrific, are spot on.
It is a story of love, friendship and survival that spans twenty years in the lives of the main protagonists.
Another recommended read from one of my favourite authors.
The story is told from the perspective of two characters, mainly through flashback but with occasional, short 'sermon' chapters (and hymns!) from one of the secondary characters: Adam One.
Atwood creates a convincing horror-story of a future, where genetic engineering has crafted a weird and wonderful menagerie that initially seems slightly comedic, but gets distinctly dark as things progress. The police force has been privatised and runs essentially to protect the corporations and their profits. The corporations are busy raping the planet and stomping on anyone (including competitors) who get in their way. The story's characters are part of a rag-tag bunch mixing eco-warrior skills with a bastardised version of Christianity - the aptly named "Gods Gardeners". They operate on the fringe of society, quietly tending their gardens and waiting for the "waterless flood" that they predict will come...
I think this is another class novel. Atwood has a vivid imagination and the fact that this future seems all to possible makes it even more gripping/chilling. I do think she goes overboard on the silly names - and some of the science, particularly the wilder creatures, stretch credibility a lot. I also found the Adam one sermons/hymns a little dull. I did engage with both the main characters and was rooting for them pretty much throughout the novel.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable (if a little disturbing) sci-fi/speculative fiction read. I'd recommend it.
I do have the final story of the trilogy downloaded but I'm going to leave it a while before I return to this world.