The Maddaddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Meet The Author

Check out Atwood’s biography on her website! While you’re there, browse around and see what else you can discover about what’s up next for Margaret and her new Gruit beer, AnooBroo!

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Jacob Gordon on TreeHugger Radio interviewed Atwood about her novel, The Year of the Flood. Follow this link and get the inside scoop on this one-of-a-kind read.

Now that you’re wondering what in the world would posses someone to write such an interesting novel, check out this article in the Los Angeles Times. According to Atwood, novels in science fiction and fantasy genres “can explore the consequences … in graphic ways, by showing them as fully operational. We’ve always been good at letting cats out of bags and genies out of bottles, we just haven’t been very good at putting them back in again.”

Owchar, Nick. “Margaret Atwood’s Apocalyptic Humor.” Los Angeles Times. N.p., 27 Sept. 2009. Web. 15 July 2014.<jacketcopy/2009/09/margaret-atwoods-apocalyptic-humor.html>.

NOVEL SUMMARY

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Year of The Flood, is a post-apocalyptic thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Written with energy and Atwood’s remarkable creativity, The Year of The Flood, the second installment in the trilogy, raises several questions as to what is occurring in today’s society. A better part of the novel explores the pre-apocalyptic world and the events that cause the “waterless flood”, the near annihilation of the human race. What is interesting about Atwood’s fictional world is how realistic it seems. She writes as though her world and ours are only separated by time. The book is set in a time where government is a past time; now select corporations control all, even law enforcement is privatized. The air is laden with the scent of chemicals and genetic splices are ubiquitous. Man is drunk with the power of playing God, controlling their own evolution, defying age and disease. Not all have ridiculed the environment that nourishes them, natural activists, God’s Gardeners, live to prepare for the “waterless flood” and replenish earth’s ruins once the flood has fallen. Questions are raised from Atwood’s novel, science is closer than you think to achieving the marvels of this futuristic world. Is it ethical? Take a look at some of the evidence we’ve gathered and see for yourself.

THOUGHT PROVOKING IMAGES

Thought Provoking Images:

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From Bacteria to parasites, bugs to rabbits, genetic splicing has allowed scientist to introduce DNA from luminous jelly fish to other species. The resulting product, A luminous pet! Check out these Glow in the dark Puppies! You may just be able to own your very own luminous pet in the future.

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This artistic rendering represents the pig-human hybrid the Pigoon. Scientists in Atwood’s novel created this genetic splice as a means to produce spare organs. The resulting organism demonstrates human characteristics in the book. They collaborate into groups and mourn their dead!  Scientists today are not far from achieving the concept of the Pigoon. Take a look at this article  and see for yourself.

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“Frankensalmon!”

Recently, scientists have addressed an overfishing problem. The two fish in the picture are the same species. One has been genetically modified to grow significantly larger than normal. But what is fascinating is that the larger of the two requires less sustenance than the smaller, 10% less to be exact! (The Vreeland Clinics Blog) How can this be healthy? check out this article for more information on this colossal fish.

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Thats right. Scientists have been able to insert chips into this beatles body. They now have full radio control of the insect. Will these be developed and produced as little spies? The CorpSecorps in Atwood’s novel develop a “spy bee”, thousands of spies that watch whoever they please.

AUDIO

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Welcome to Margaret Atwood’s family. This song, written by Avenged Sevenfold, accurately describes the motives of two different groups in Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood. The first group is the God’s Gardeners, a non-violent and non-aggressive cult that blurs religion with science. This group survives strictly off of what is grown from the earth. The God’s Gardeners accept just about anyone who wishes to join their “family”, regardless of their background. The second group relevant to this song are the Corporations. This group stands for essentially everything that the God’s Gardeners are against. Material wealth, beauty and survival off of man-made products are more of the Corporation’s forte. Some of the lyrics of Welcome to the Family can be related to the motives of the pacifist group, the God’s Gardeners, or turned around to describe the motives of the aggressive and power-hungry group, the Corporations.

 https://soundcloud.com/cassandra-neace/today-we-praise-our-saint-dian

Hymns in a fiction novel? It might sound quite abstract or even “cult-like” but throughout Atwood’s novel, The Year of the Flood, hymns are sung by the God’s Gardeners in order to praise saints that represent specific days. In every few chapters, the character, Adam One will provide a brief description of what the particular day means with the saint that represents that day and end with the lyrics of a hymn. The saints that Adam One described would be someone who actually existed and lived a certain way that influenced the God’s Gardener’s way of life. The clip above is a hymn that praises Saint Dian, who is described in the book as a martyr that gave her life attempting to protect a population of gorillas on a mountain and died in the process of doing so.

VIDEO

“Splicing is actually simple enough to do at home! check out this fun and easy example with tomatoes and eggplants!”

“Here is a grafting example on a larger scale using young fruit trees (mango)”

“In this final example, there is a demonstration of the grafting (splicing) of multiple plants!”

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