A gripping post-apocalyptic story set in a not-too-distant future, Margaret Atwood creates a world buzzing with gene-spliced life forms after a disaster wipes out most of humanity. But is it truly a disaster, or is it simply a way for the Earth to reset? Although this book is a sequel to Oryx and Crake, it can easily be read as a standalone novel.
Adam One, the kindly leader of God’s Gardeners — a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion — 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 been spared: Ren, a young trapeze-dancer, locked inside a high-end sex club; and one of God’s Gardeners, Toby, who is barricaded inside a luxurious spa. Have others survived?
By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and witty, The Year of the Flood unfolds Toby’s and Ren’s stories during the years prior to their meeting again. The novel not only brilliantly reflects to us a world we recognize but poignantly reminds us of our enduring humanity.
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