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Baltimore review: Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood


Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood


Six years after publishing Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood came out with Year of the Flood. I would have been very upset if I had waited six years to find out what happened to Jimmy and then read a book that doesn't seem to have anything at all to do with him.

This book follows the story of two women: Ren and Toby. Ren is a young woman who had been raised in the compounds only to be whisked away from that life by her mother who had fallen in love with a man who lived life in the Pleeblands. Toby was a woman who had a difficult life and raised herself in the Pleeblands. They both meet each other as a God's Gardener.

The way this plot intertwines is fantastic. You do, eventually find out about Jimmy (Snowman) and how he fits into their lives. Hearing the different ways things were done was amazing. Atwood clearly knows what she is doing with character development and plot. Once again the themes and symbolism in this book is almost endless. It's a fantastic way to sequel a book, however I would have been furious if I had waited six years for it.

Reasons to love this book: The imagery. The character development. The plot and how it unfolds to yet another cliffhanger ending. At least Atwood only made readers wait three years for the final installment.

Things I didn't like about this one: The biblical sermons at the beginning of the chapters, they didn't hold a lot of interest for me. I would skim through those and only read if I thought I saw something important. Also, just like with Oryx and Crake, I would be really invested in one of the story lines and then it was suddenly switched to another point of view. It was intentional, as it was in Oryx and Crake. As much as I hated it, I loved it as well.

Did you read this book? Do you like the way Atwood switched characters and did you enjoy the sermons at the beginning?

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