Feb 16, 2010 12:12 PM
In Margaret Atwood's 2003 post-apocalyptic novel, Oryx and Crake ($10), the narrator chronicles the plight and downfall of the world's corrupt and privileged elite. In The Year of Flood ($18) Atwood revisits this world - where genetic crossbreeds run wild, nature is reclaiming crumbling cities, and a plague has all but wiped out humanity. Both novels begin after the catastrophe, but The Year of the Flood tells the story of the end of the world, and the beginning of another, from the perspective of the people who lived in the pleeblands - chaotic hinterlands inhabited by misfits of every variety. Atwood has never revisited the plot of a novel after its completion, and the result is as intriguing and magnificent as fans of her work could imagine.