Kathy S. (Coral Gables, FL)
ended too early
This book has good character development, but I kept waiting for the story to get going, and then it ended. I would of liked more of the "current year", even if it meant a longer book. I felt like she wrapped things up too early and too neatly.
Donna N. (High Rolls, New Mexico)
disappointing futuristic story
the only thing I liked about Margaret Atwood's Year of the Flood, was the cover, which is beautiful. I am a great fan of her early works, Handmaid's Tale and Surfacing, which made my disappointment in this book even more surprising to me. I found the story trite and overloaded with religiosity. the main characters were one-dimensional and never fully developed. the pseudo-environmentalism was very heavy-handed. Sorry, Margaret,but you can do better.
Jill S. (Chicago, IL)
A Roller Coaster Ride Into A Post-Apocalyptic World
The Year of the Flood may not be for everyone. It definitely falls into the category of dystopian future lit. But thanks to Margaret Atwood's visionary powers, clever use of words, and inventive plot, the book soars above other books of this nature. The interspersed themes are important ones: a global pandemic, the delicate nature of our ecosystem, the imaginary proliferation of gene-spliced life forms, the melding of science and religion, the nature of survival. And ultimately, Atwood leaves the reader with a glimpse of hope. Recommended!