Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

God's Gardeners (an environmental cult), Scales and Tails (a sex shop), AnooYoo (a spa), the CorpSeCorps (the ruthless police force) and Sea/H/Ear candy are just a few of the creations Atwood has brought to life in her new book, The Year of the Flood. The dystopian story is told in alternating chapters by Toby and Ren, both members of the Gardeners (and former employees of Scales and Tails) who have survived the Waterless Flood that has wiped out most of humanity. Several of the characters from Oryx and Crake make brief appearances and if you were left wondering what happened to Jimmy at the end of that novel you'll find out here.

I'm a huge fan of Atwood; The Blind Assassin is one of my favorite books and I almost always recommend it to library patrons asking for 'just a really good book.' The Year of the Flood reminded me of how much I enjoyed her dystopian universes. The UK edition of the book is physically beautiful with a gorgeous illustration by Victoria Sawdon, lime green panels, and a built in green ribbon for a bookmark. You can visit to check out the music that was composed as an accompaniment to the book or calculate your own carbon footprint.