After reading The Windup Girl last week, I was really in the mood to read a science fiction book that really engaged me and made me feel immersed in the world of the book. Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood was exactly what I needed. From the very beginning I was intrigued by the language, the companies, and the different factions that made up the world. This is a perfect example of how to create a fictional environment that feels real.
One of the strengths of this book is the fact that it’s told from two different perspectives. That way we get two different views and opinions on the world, and as a reader, I was able to make my judgements based on the two sides. Toby felt seemed to feel more speculative while Ren seemed to be completely wrapped up in the world around her, and what a world it is. I haven’t read too many books based around cults, so this really grabbed my attention. The Gardeners were a peaceful people, but their occasional hypocrisies and unwillingness to come to solid decisions made them a little uncomfortable as well.
As for the different organizations and companies, I just couldn’t get enough of the names like HelthWyzer and the Sea/H/ear devices. That’s very clever and consistent. Also the different kinds of animals like the genetically modified sheep and the liobams are something to be remembered and vividly imagined. Even though this was a book, I felt like there was so much to see and experience.
While the book dragged on a little bit, it is my favorite thing we read along with Forty Signs of Rain. I’m certainly interested in picking up the other two in the trilogy since I did feel like I was missing out on some stuff. Still, it was a great book.