The Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood

Yesterday I finished The Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood. The story is about a futuristic society invented by Atwood. Oryx and Crake is the companion to this book, which I haven’t read, but I didn’t feel lost reading this book, without knowing the story line. The first time I started to read this book a couple years ago, I stopped because it didn’t pull me in. This time I finished it, I found the imagined society hit really close to home sometimes and it made you think about how our world is self-destructing in many ways. I liked the strong female characters, who were the main characters in this book but I didn’t feel emotionally connected to them in this story like I did when I read about Snowfalls and Bird in the The Orenda or Wayne in Annabel, but it certainly is a well written book and Atwood is the queen of story telling.

This is the last Canada Reads book, all five were very well written and my favourites were The Orenda by Joseph Boyden and Annabel by Kathleen Winter. I’ll have to wait until March to see the showdown.

I’m reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez now. So far so good at page 50, but I’m always put off when they start the book with a Family Tree. We will see.


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