The year of the flood is a novel by canadian author margaret atwood the second book of her dystopian trilogy released on september 22 2009 in canada and the united states and on september 7 2009 in the united kingdom the novel was mentioned in numerous newspaper review articles looking forward to notable fiction of 2009 the book focuses on a religious sect called the gods gardeners a small community of survivors of the same biological catastrophe depicted in atwoods . The year of the flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power the times and species have been changing at a rapid rate and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability adam one the kindly leader of the gods gardeners a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter earth as we know it now it has occurred obliterating . The year of the flood is a gutsy and expansive novel rich with ideas and conceits publishers weekly canadas greatest living novelist undoubtedly knows how to tell a gripping story . The year 25 is referred to as the year of the flood we are not told when or why the years have been reset the flood is metaphorically used to describe the pandemic that is set in motion by crake in the first novel that ends up for all intents and purposes wiping out the human species the year of the flood uses the same structure as oryx and crake
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