"A gripping and visceral book that showcases the pure storytelling talents she displayed with such verve in her 2000 novel, "The Blind Assassin."
--"Michiko Kakutani," The New York Times
""Atwood is funny and clever, such a good writer and real thinker.... As ever with Atwood, it is friendship between women that is noted and celebrated - friendship not without its jealousies but friendship that survives rivalry and disappointment, and has a generosity that at the end of the novel allows for hope.... We don't know how [human nature] will evolve, or if we will evolve at all. "The Year of the Flood" isn't prophecy, but it is eerily plausible."
"--"Jeanette Winterson, "The New York Time Book Review
""Canada's greatest living novelist undoubtedly knows how to tell a gripping story, as fans of "The Blind Assassin" and "A Handmaid's Tale" already know. But here there's a serious message too: Look at what we're doing right now to our world, to nature, to ourselves. If this goes on..."
"--The Washington Post"
"One of the versatile Atwood's authorial calling cards, as far back as her early novel "The Handmaid's Tale," has been that of ruthless investigator, never hesitating to cut to bone in describing real-as-life dystopias. In this work, however, she also appears to be having wild fun, gunning it like a daredevil race-car driver: "The Year of the Flood" serves as an old-fashioned alarm (moral, ecological), a zombie thriller and a series of swashbuckling pokes at modern institutions.... To Atwood's supreme credit, her story is enthralling.... Memorable characters, a tightly controlled pace and shockingly plausible scenes make it fly - to a mysterious, skin-prickling ending. If Atwood also inspires ways to prevent such a gruesomely likely future, we'll owe her far more than literary admiration."
"--San Francisco Chronicle"
"Atwood unflinchingly holds aloft the sanctity of life - for all species - and the human quest for love."