The Year of the Flood/ MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2 – Audiobook Online

The Year of the Flood is the second installment in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, following the events of Oryx and Crake. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity. The protagonists, Toby and Ren, are members of the God’s Gardeners, a religious cult that preaches environmentalism and opposes the oppressive corporation, Rejoov.

The novel is divided into two main storylines. One follows Toby, a former member of the cult who has taken refuge in a safe haven called the Garden. The other storyline follows Ren, a former sex worker and member of the cult who is on the run from Rejoov and the Painballers, a group of violent men who have taken over a former prison.

As the stories intertwine, the characters encounter various other survivors and uncover the truth behind the apocalypse. They learn that the virus was created by Rejoov as a way to cull the human population and establish a new order. Along the way, they also uncover the origins of the God’s Gardeners and their connection to the pre-apocalyptic world.

Themes The Year of the Flood explores themes such as environmentalism, religion, and the consequences of corporate greed and power. Atwood uses the novel to critique consumerism, capitalism, and the exploitation of the environment. The characters’ struggle for survival also highlights the importance of community and cooperation in the face of adversity.

Adam One, the kindly leader of God’s Gardeners – a religion devoted to the union of science and religion, the preservation of all species, and the care of the Earth – long ago predicted the Flood no water. Now it has happened, destroying most human life.
Two women avoid it: young swing dancer Ren is locked into an upscale sex club; and former SecretBurgers butcher turned Gardener, Toby, barricades himself into a luxury spa. Will the others survive? And what are the odds for humanity?

Conversely dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uncomfortably funny, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at his most successful.

In my opinion, this book “The Year of the Flood” returned Margret Atwood to the level of genius she achieved in “The Handmaidens Tale”, in which she foresaw very closely some of the dangers of the Religious Right long before they became a reality. Here, she raises many questions about the Environment and how to address them in an increasingly fractured society. A society that we and the financial crisis is rapidly building. Lots of food for thought.

On a practical level, the desire to put the contents of the “Hymn Book” into song when read/recorded would add an extra level of enjoyment, Thanks, whoever thought of that.

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