Margaret Atwood, you genious Canadian oldtimer.
'The Year of the Flood' is the second instalment in the so-called 'MaddAddam' trilogy. The first part, [b:Oryx and Crake|46756|Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327896599s/46756.jpg|3143431], featured a very plausible end-of-the-world story in which medical corporations and science have taken over the world. And while 'The Year of the Flood' is not exactly a sequel, it does pay off to have read the first instalment (which is quite magnificent in its own right.)
This time around, there are two main characters, Ren and Toby, resulting in a greater variety of scenery and a story that has a lot to offer. I thoroughly enjoyed the religious aspect of the novel, focusing around a group of eco-friendly hippies on steroids that have actually correctly predicted the end of the world, or as they call it the 'Waterless Flood'. It would be wrong, however, to single out this aspect of the novel. Atwood (again) proves herself a great storyteller, who can -seemingly without even trying too hard- present an enthralling story. This is as close to a blockbuster as you're going to get in Literature County.
With the third instalment of the trilogy, 'MaddAddam', arriving in the fall of this year, it's only fair to say we've got something to look forward to.