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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read - not Atwood's best, 13 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: The Year Of The Flood (Paperback)
This book is set in the same world as Atwood's 'Oryx and Crake' a post-apocalyptic novel written afew years ago. Its focus is on Ren & Toby, Ren having appeared in O&C albeit in a minor role. The novel charts the lives of both women from their lives as members of the religious group the 'Gardeners' through to after the waterless flood. Atwood brilliantly renders a future whereby a handful of companies essentially run the world and profit is everything. Science has reached the point where we are able to splice animals together ('liobam' for example) and even alter a persons appearance to the point where they are unrecognizable. There's a tendency to call novels like this 'speculative fiction' in that its a possible future although i did find some of Atwood's ideas just plain bizarre. 'Scales and Tails' for example is a upmarket brothel of sorts where women wear head to toe outfits of startling colours and complete with scales. I just found this idea silly and there's no explanation as to how this fashion came about its kind of hinted at that the suits protect the women from STD's and the like but its still a strange idea that i don't think quite worked. Credit where its due, Atwood has created a new religion in the Gods Gardeners (though not without precedent) they are described in detail and it does seem plausible that such a group would form in that type of world. That said, i did find the hymns of the Gardeners to be quite unnecessary and irritating.
There are faults with the book, its not Atwood's best but nevertheless its a interesting work certainly a convincingly plausible future and well worth a read. It should be said that as it nears the end it carries on from where O&C left off i won't say anymore as i do not want to spoil it.
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