Cannonball Read V: Book #14/52
4 stars: Very good. Would recommend.
The Year of the Flood is a sort-of sequel to Oryx and Crake, which I read last year. It's more of a companion novel than an actual sequel. It takes place in the same future dystopian society and has a few crossover characters that weave in and out, but it can definitely be read on its own as well.
This book switches back and forth between two main characters (with their lives interacting at some points through flashbacks). Ren used to work at a futuristic strip club called Scales and Tails before an incident broke out and she got locked inside alone. Toby has been holed up in a spa she used to work at since the incident happend. Before any of that, Ren and Toby were both part of a group called "God's Gardeners" who warned of a "waterless flood" that was coming (the incident). Most of the book is told in flashbacks that explain how each woman joined God's Gardeners and how they ended up where they are now.
I really love Margaret Atwood. Her writing style is great and I love how she slowly reveals things through the flashbacks and eventually everything connects towards the end. The characters from Oryx and Crake were seamlessly woven into the story, giving them a richer background if you've read the other book, but still making them stand alone characters in this one. The ending is a great connection to Oryx and Crake as well.
I can't wait to read the third book in this trilogy (I think it's going to be released later this year) and I'll definitely be reading some more Atwood books before then.