By Margaret Atwood
Set within the visionary way forward for Atwood’s acclaimed Oryx and Crake, The yr of the Flood is right now a relocating story of lasting friendship and a landmark paintings of speculative fiction. during this moment e-book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-feared waterless flood has happened, changing Earth as we all know it and obliterating such a lot human lifestyles. one of the survivors are Ren, a tender trapeze dancer locked contained in the high-end intercourse membership Scales and Tails, and Toby, who's barricaded inside of a sumptuous spa. Amid shadowy, corrupt ruling powers and new, gene-spliced existence kinds, Ren and Toby should select their subsequent circulate, yet they can not remain locked away.
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