The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood

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Set in the visionary future of Atwood s acclaimed "Oryx and Crake," "The Year of the Flood" is at once a moving tale of lasting friendship and a landmark work of speculative fiction. In this second book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. Among the survivors are Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, who is barricaded inside a luxurious spa. Amid shadowy, corrupt ruling powers and new, gene-spliced life forms, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move, but they can't stay locked away."

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Product details

  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 134 x 205 x 25mm
  • Anchor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307455475
  • 9780307455475
  • 43,932

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[Written with] energy, inventiveness, and narrative panache. . . . A gripping and visceral book that showcases [Atwood s] pure storytelling talents. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" ["The Year of the Flood"] shows the Nobel Prize-worthy Atwood . . . at the pinnacle of her prodigious creative powers. "Elle" A heart-pounding thriller. "The Washington Post Book World" Leave it to Atwood to find humor in a post-apocalyptic world as she covertly, and brilliantly, addresses questions of how we need to live on an imperiled planet. "Kansas City Star" Atwood is funny and clever, such a good writer and real thinker. . . . "The Year of the Flood" isn t prophecy, but it is eerily possible. " The New York Times Book Review" Timely and gripping. . . . Atwood tells a good story, one filled with suspense and even levity. " USA Today" Enthralling. . . . Memorable characters, a tightly controlled pace and shockingly plausible scenes make it fly to a mysterious, skin-prickling ending. " San Francisco Chronicle" Atwood renders this civilization and these two lives within it with tenderness and insight, a healthy dread, and a guarded humor. "O, the Oprah Magazine" Atwood spins the most arresting alternate mythologies to our hell-bent world. . . . "The Year of the Flood" is a slap-happy romp through the end times. Stuffed with cornball hymns, genetic mutations worth of Thomas Pynchon and a pharmaceutical company run amok, it reads like dystopia verging on satire. She may be imagining a world in flames, but she s doing it with a dark cackle. " The Los Angeles Times" Thought-provoking, beautifully constructed, and rich with the imaginative flourishes for which [Atwood] is rightly famous. . . . A hugely entertaining and satisfying read. " The Irish Independent" Prodigiously imaginative and outrageously funny. . . . Atwood s wit is biting. . . . Her brilliance dazzles. " " "The Plain Dealer" Heart-pounding, mysterious and surprisingly touching. . . . She enchants us so convincingly that after her spell is over, the real world seems temporarily transformed. "The Year of the Flood" is both a warning and a gift. " "Jane Ciabattari, " " Books We Like, " " Atwood is a wry wizard at world-building. . . . Fans . . . should grab a biohazard suit, crawl into a hermetically sealed fallout shelter, and dive right in. " The Christian Science Monitor" Funny. . . . Entertaining. . . . You fall into her intensely inventive world and find yourself carried happily along. Anthony Doerr, "Orion" Magazine Atwood scores a 10. " Philadelphia Inquirer" Atwood's latest is a fiercely imagined tale of suffering that rivals Job s. . . . As dark as Atwood's vision may be, the bonds among her women give her work a bittersweet power. " People" Richly imagined. . . . Thought-provoking, unexpectedly funny and utterly original. " The Denver Post" Engrossing and suspenseful. "The New York Review of Books" Riveting. . . . Cunning, droll. . . . The intensity of her apocalyptic fantasy doesn t prevent Atwood from giving free rein to her peppery and inventive humor. . . . So she courts us with her puckish wit, holds us spellbound with suspense, and then confronts us with harrowing and tragic scenarios. "The Kansas City Star" Atwood s language remains as juicy and colorful as ever. . . . [She] allows her imagination to roam rudely, widely, and vigorously where lesser minds fear to tread. "Barnes & Noble Review" Vintage Atwood: It s artfully edgy, casting a pitiless eye on her fellow creatures. . . . A powerful indictment of the way human beings have long treated the planet and themselves. . . . The book takes big risks. "Chicago Tribune" Mesmerizing. . . . "Flood"'s relentlessly fabulous inventions and despondent predictions become almost unbearable, especially told in such gorgeously trenchant prose. In this way, the book recalls Atwood s 1985 masterpiece, "The Handmaid's Tale." " Time Out New York" (five out of five stars) Atwood unflinchingly holds aloft the sanctity of life for all species and the human quest for love. " Chicago Sun-Times" With Atwood s characteristic brainy humor. . . . "The Year of the Flood" consistently does what one expects of any work by Margaret Atwood: It entertains, spins out suspense and rewards a reader's basic impulse, all the while subtly and expertly maintaining its literary respectability. " Minneapolis Star Tribune " [An] entertaining, often mesmerizing, consciousness-raising novel. . . . This is a work that amuses, informs, enlightens and, remarkably, also challenges its readers to be better persons. " San Antonio Express-News" [Atwood] is emerging as literature s queen of the apocalypse. . . . Fine. . . . Illuminating. . . . Gripping and scary, provocative and quite humorous. " "Associated Press A marvelously absorbing novel. . . . Vivid and remarkably drawn. " The A. V. Club" [With] Atwood s trademark wit and clarity of vision. " The Dallas Morning News" "" Atwood's mischievous, suspenseful, and sagacious dystopian novel follows the trajectory of current environmental debacles to a shattering possible conclusion with passionate concern and arch humor. "Booklist, "starred review"

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About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in over thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to "The Handmaid s Tale," her novels include "Cat s Eye," shortlisted for the Booker Prize; "Alias Grace," which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; "The Blind Assassin," winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and her most recent, "Oryx and Crake," shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson."

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