Brilliant and chilling, and proves once again that Margaret Atwood is a truly fearless and endlessly clever writer. Atwood's depiction of the future seems ridiculous in many ways, but at the same time, it also seems like a very real (and frightening!) possibility, with its genetically engineered food, animal gene splices, and sketchy corporations. No prior knowledge is necessary for this book as I read Oryx and Crake
a few years ago and it didn't make much of an impression on me back then, but The Year of the Flood
lingered in my mind long after I finishing it.