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From the Booker Prize–winning author of Oryx and Crake, the first book in the MaddAddam Trilogy, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Internationally acclaimed as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by, amongst others, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice

In a world driven by shadowy, corrupt corporations and the uncontrolled development of new, gene-spliced life forms, a man-made pandemic occurs, obliterating human life. Two people find they have unexpectedly survived: Ren, a young dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails (the cleanest dirty girls in town), and Toby, solitary and determined, who has barricaded herself inside a luxurious spa, watching and waiting. The women have to decide on their next move — they can’t stay hidden forever.  But is anyone else out there?

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The Year of the Flood
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4 / 5
January 25th, 2014
I enjoyed Oryx and Crake a little better than Year of the Flood but both are excellent books and although many have written that you don't need to read Oryx & Crake, I think you do, not because the story continues on from Book 1 to 2 but because your perspective of the characters in Oryx & Crake may or may not subtly change for you when you hear Ren's perspective of Jimmy & Crake (for example). Already I must say that Atwood is a literary genius in her ability to build complex characters devoid of any clear cookie cutter protagonists or antagonists. Through her characters I often found myself being self-critical of my own life and/or the way I view the world and not in a bad/punitive way but in a interesting way. I am looking forward to reading MaddAddam.
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January 24th, 2014
An amazing book!! Margaret Atwood never disappoints me!
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The Year of the Flood
January 15th, 2014
Not sure this book could change the nation . . . or even the world, but if you are into dystopian themes, you may find it interesting. Ms. Atwood's wordplay is fantastic! First of five I'm reading for Canada Reads 2014.
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Good read
October 11th, 2013
But definitely not a happy ending. Looking forward to the third instalment.
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The Year of the a Flood
September 29th, 2013
Excellent follow up to 1st book in series, can't wait to read 3rd.
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Very scary!
September 23rd, 2013
So easy to picture this being the world we actually live in,
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September 8th, 2013
Another great story in the MaddAdamm Trilogy. Definitely worth reading all 3 books.
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