I can offer brief synopses:
Year of the Flood: The second book chronicles the survivors of the plague (referred to as the Flood), namely several people connected with God’s Gardner’s — a religious, environmental group dating back to pre-Flood times. The narrative weaves in time from before the flood with the survival of folks post END OF THE WORLD.
MaddAddam: OMG. I cannot say enough about this book. The bio-engineered Crakers, God’s Gardners, and quickly evolving gene-spliced animals work together (for the most part) to survive and — ultimately — create a new civilization.
Yup. Maybe you’re slightly intrigued, but you could read this on GoodReads or Amazon. So what else is left? How do I convey that:
- This series is fascinating because all the technology, environmental devastations, gene-splicing, chemical wielding, and marriage of science and capitalism is happening RIGHT NOW. This could conceivably be our reality one day.
– … Which makes this series scarier than The Walking Dead. Yeah I guess zombies are possible, but not probable. However <<SPOILER ALERT a company creating illnesses in health products so they can sell the cures and make double profits? The stuff of nightmares. END SPOILER ALERT>>.
– But this book isn’t just about Science! It is about the importance of Liberal Arts. Dance, music, philosophy, words, language are vital to humanity. It is what makes humans, well, HUMAN. Our bodies and world may change, but the human spirit is pretty freaking resilient.
– Holla at my strong female characters (especially in books two and three) who make Katniss Everdeen look like a weenie. Yes, Tony, I’m talking about her I love her so so so much. I liked Amanda and Ren (and I found Oryx fascinating) but Tony is my home girl.
– Pigoons. Read the books and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
– Pretty much a pro-vegetarian book which is pretty awesome.
Please, read the series. Atwood is brilliant. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from MaddAddam, “There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of he story too.” This quotation embodies the whole of the trilogy: the what happened, the what really happened, the how did it happen, the questions about what we don’t know and how all of this makes a story that is compelling, hilarious, frightening and engaging. I’m still thinking about the world of Oryx and Crake weeks after reading it. If anything it is a story that sticks and colors one’s perception of now and leaves one questioning the future.