Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book Review - The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood - author of the Alchemist's Daughter

This book was a fantastic read, eventually. I will say it was a slow start and I did put it down for a month, checked it out from the library again and actually moved through it pretty fast once I was in a little ways. I think I was confused by thinking it was a biblical story. After all, she wrong historical fiction before.

This is a book about a very bleak future if humanity doesn’t get it’s poop in gear and change. In this future we have genetically modified and eaten so much that nothing is left. A very “out there” group called the gardeners is the only group of people that avoid all the processing and eat only the plant based diet they grow on their roof-top gardens. It helps that they were scientists that knew a plague of biblical proportions was coming.

Very few people survive, but mainly in this book we are concerned with Toby a woman from before things in the world degenerated and watched her parents destroyed by the changes. She sort of fell in with the gardeners because they saved her, she never truly believed. Funny thing was Adam One didn’t care, he felt that actions were more important than faith.

Ren was a very young girl when her mother ran away with a man who was with the gardeners. I think this man was Adam Six…and left the gardeners when her mother went back home. She became a high paid legal prostitute when her mother gave her the boot when she remarried.

You need to read about their journeys and also the sermons from Adam One are breathtaking and a little scary. Some of the things in this book are already happening, and seeing our people continue on this route is all to probable. This is not a happy book. So if you like the end of the world, dark future stories, you’ll love this. If you like happy stories that make you feel good, keep looking.

I was not paid or asked for this review. If you click on the links to amazon, I will recieve a commission...I think.


  1. Great review :-) I haven't read it and I'm not 100% sure if I'm ready to but now I am definitely intrigued.

  2. I love Margaret Atwood! She's a hard read depending on the phase you'r going through, but she's fantastic. Have you read The Handmaid's Tale? It was the first of her books I've read, what an impact!

    Great review, Angie!

    Kisses from Nydia.


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