Pamela Norris

Survival of the Greenest

The Year of the Flood


Bloomsbury 436pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

Like her earlier novel Oryx and Crake, published in 2003, Margaret Atwood’s new book is about a global pandemic that wipes out almost the entire world population. But The Year of the Flood is not a sequel to Oryx and Crake. Instead, it explores the pandemic from the perspective of two women, Ren and Toby, who – like Jimmy, the protagonist in Oryx and Crake – are miraculously saved from infection. As in the earlier book, the story backtracks from the present, with its problems of survival in a world without power or easily available food, to trace the biographies of the central characters. 

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