In her latest book, The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood revisits the dystopian landscape first encountered in her book Oryx and Crake (2003). However, this time we experience it through a different cast of characters.
Toby and Ren take us down the littered paths of their past and straight on to the end of the world. At the book’s end we stand with them and glimpse an uncertain tomorrow.
Eco-terrorists, God’s Gardners, soulless corporations, greedy pharmaceuticals…it’s all there. Along with the painful realities of human nature. Ms. Atwood extrapolates a trajectory and pulls us headlong into a possible future.
I found the book haunting in many ways. And not just the images of mo’hairs, liobams, and rakunks. (The book cover above is from the UK version. I think it is much more interesting.)