The Year of the Flood
|The Year of the Flood|
First edition cover (UK)
|Genre(s)||Speculative fiction, Novel|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)|
|Publication date||September 2009 (first edition, hardcover)|
|Pages||448 pp (first edition, hardcover)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0-7475-8516-9 (first edition, hardcover)|
|Preceded by||Oryx and Crake|
The Year of the Flood is a novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, released on September 22, 2009 in Canada and the United States, and on September 7, 2009, in the United Kingdom. The novel was mentioned in numerous newspaper review articles looking forward to notable fiction of 2009.
The book focuses on a group called God's Gardeners, a small community of survivors of the same biological catastrophe depicted in Atwood's earlier novel Oryx and Crake. The earlier novel contained several brief references to the group.
It answers some of the questions of Oryx and Crake and reveals the identity of the three real human figures who appear at the end of the earlier book.
Main characters 
- Ren, a trapeze dancer who works at the sex club Scales and Tails, who survives the plague by being isolated in the club's biohazard containment chamber. She previously dated Jimmy (Snowman) in school.
- Toby, a God's Gardener who goes into hiding to escape a dangerous stalker, by working in a high-end spa.
Naming rights 
For both Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, Atwood donated naming rights to characters in the novel to charity auctions. One of the winning bidders was journalist Rebecca Eckler, who paid $7,000 at a benefit for the magazine The Walrus.
The novel was generally well-received; reviewers noted that while the plot was sometimes chaotic, the novel's imperfections meshed well with the flawed reality the book was trying to reflect. The Daily Telegraph commented that "Margaret Atwood is genuinely inventive, rather than merely clever".
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- Pellegrino, Nicky (2009-01-09). "Books to watch for in 2009". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
- Healy, Madeline. "Smorgasbord of titles awaits readers in 2009". The Courier-Mail (Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-08-08.[dead link]
- Heather Mallick, "Here comes the flood". cbc.ca, September 27, 2009.
- Rebecca Eckler, "Margaret Atwood didn’t kill me". Maclean's, September 23, 2009.
- Moore, Caroline (2009-09-10). "The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood: review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Winterson, Jeanette (2009-09-17). "Strange New World". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "A week of literary awards". Edmonton Journal. 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
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