For the July 2014 Book Club, we dove into Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, the second volume in the MaddAddam trilogy. We’re revisiting this as part of our Summer of Sci-Fi, so get ready to speed read! For our younger listeners, we also take a peek at Atwood’s For the Birds. Warning: this episode contains spoilers!
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 instalment 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.
For this discussion, the Terra Informa team squeezed into our studio to voice our thoughts and answer some of the questions raised in the book. Special thanks to Megan Clark and to Brandon Schatz from Wizard Comics and Games for joining-in.
For the Birds
Just in case post-apocalyptic lit isn’t your cup of Happicuppa™, 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.
Next Month’s Book: Seveneves
We’re reading Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves for our August book club. In this mammoth novel, the moon explodes, rendering the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers.
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