My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Year of the Flood is a dystopian novel told from the perspective two characters with different points of view. The first is a first person account from a character full of youthful innocence. The other is a third person account of a character, faithful, dutiful and full of survival wisdom born through life experience. The story shifts between these points of view as well as shifting in time from the days directly following ‘The Flood’ to the events during the years preceding it.
The Year of the Flood is a thoughtful exploration of a culture similar to 21st century western society yet even more deeply defined by vain consumerism and corporate power. Atwood doesn’t shy away from putting more than a few thumbs subtly in some deserving societal eyes without ever actually naming any names.
Beautiful writing, memorable characters and plenty of thoughtful insights offer the reader plenty of opportunities for reflection. If you’re looking for a thoughtful, well-written, dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood may be just what you’re looking for.