Book Club: The Year of the Flood and For the Birds

A photo of Margaret Atwood

For the July edition of Terra Informa’s summer book club, we dive into Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, the second volume in the MaddAddam trilogy. This week we’ll discuss some of the issues raised by the book and our own thoughts on the story. For our younger listeners, we also take a peek at Atwood’s children’s book For the Birds. Warning: this episode contains spoilers!

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July’s Book: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood

Imagine a future where governments are replaced by cold and calculating corporations, climate change has reconfigured the global landscape, and entire species are annihilated on the daily while gene-spliced hybrids run amok in their stead. This is the not so distant (or unlikely) world against which Margaret Atwood stages The Year of the Flood, the second installment in the critically acclaimed MaddAddam series.

Woven together by the experiences and memories of survivors Toby and Ren, Atwood’s story presents a glimpse of the world as it might be both before and after the Year of the Flood: a catastrophic pandemic that all but wipes the entire human race from the face of an already broken planet.

This week, the Terra Informa team pulled together and squeezed into a tiny little studio to voice our thoughts and answer some of the questions raised in the book.

Special thanks to this weeks guest Megan Clark  for joining us in studio, and Brandon Schatz from Wizard Comics and Games in Edmonton, AB, for joining the conversation.

Megan Clark can be heard on Why Folk Why Not airing Monday evenings on CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton. She’s also an associate producer on CKUA’s ArtBeat which runs Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.

Alternative Reading: For the Birds (also) by Margaret Atwood

Just in case post-apocalyptic lit isn’t your Happicuppa coffee, we’ve decided to include a second book that doubles as an option for our younger listeners.

For the Birds, also penned by Atwood, follows the adventure of a young girl named Samantha whose disdain for the winged is suddenly turned upside down when she’s magically transformed into a bird herself. Along with a crow named Phoebe, Samantha embarks on a migratory adventure to South America while learning about the environmental problems of the day and the dangers faced by birds in turn. Full of fun illustrations by John Bianchi, and feathered with facts supplied by Shelly Tanaka, For the Birds is an informative read for all ages…so long as you can find it. Unfortunately, this book is out of print.

Next Month’s Books…

By popular vote, we’ve decided that next month’s book choices are Kill-site by Tim Lillburn and Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee.
If you’d like to join our discussion, pick up one of these two books (or both) and send us your thoughts over Twitter, Facebook, or email by August 27 . We LOVE to hear from you and share your thoughts on the show.


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