NOTE: SPOILERS APPEAR THROUGHOUT THIS POST
Ren and Toby’s journey continues. They find Oates hanging from a tree.
69. TOBY SAINT CHICO MENDES, MARTYR YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
They reach the eastern gatehouse to AnooYoo Spa. Toby takes some defensive measures and then makes soup. Then while reconnoitering she finds Blanco in a separate room and administers the White Death Angel and Poppy.
70. TOBY SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
Toby leaves Blanco’s body outside for the pigs. They pass Pilar’s burial place under the Elderberry bush. They meet a man in a white bedsheet whom Ren identifies as Croze. She runs to meet him and greets him with an embrace; he clutches her tightly.
71. REN SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
They (Croze, Toby and Ren) go to the cobb house where they used to have the Tree of Life Exchange. There are more people there. The shortest man is introduced as MaddAddam. Toby reveals her code name (Inaccessible Rail) online and they know her by that name. “They” were the scientists who worked with Zeb. The painballers have been by and still have Amanda. Zeb is still alive!?
72. TOBY SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
Toby is not certain yet if Zeb really is alive. Rebecca and Toby catch up on their lives.
73. REN SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
Croze explains that the pandemic plague started when Crake ordered that the experimental human gene be put in the BlyssPlus pill making it a “poison sex pill”. Then he tells Ren about the Crakes and she learns that Jimmy was Crake’s friend and he might have made it out of the Paradice Project dome. Zeb comes back with supplies/food from the Compounds (yes! he is alive). They did not find Adam One. They had seen the crazy guy who sleeps in a tree(!).
The plan is to continue searching for Adam One and the Gardeners. Toby volunteers to go with Ren and try to save Amanda.
SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS. YEAR TWENTY-FIVE Of the Wandering State. Spoken by Adam One
Saint Terry’s Day is dedicated to Saint Terry Fox and Sojourner Truth and Saints Shackleton and Crozier and Saint Laurence “Titus” Oates: they knew it is better to journey than to arrive, “as long as we journey in firm faith and for selfless ends”.
Hymn: The Longest Mile
74. REN SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
Toby meditates while Ren considers Amanda and all Amanda did for her. They come upon Glenn’s made-on-purpose people (the Crakers). “It’s like seeing unicorns. I want to hear them purr.” The Crakers give an update about Amanda, the two painballers and also Snowman. Toby finds tracks in the sand (footprint!…see Oryx and Crake).
75. TOBY SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
Toby sums up the situation as she sees it.
76. TOBY SAINT TERRY AND ALL WAYFARERS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
Toby and Ren approach the men at their fire. Ren sees Amanda. Toby lifts the rifle. The men are discussing trading Amanda for some Craker women. Men reveal that the cellpack for their spraygun in really low. Then Jimmy comes forward with a spraygun. Ren recognizes him and steps out to warn him. Toby steps into the clering, rifle raised. Toby tells Ren to get the men’s spraygun. Amanda springs into action. Ren ties up the men and then re-introduces herself to Jimmy.
SAINT JULIAN AND ALL SOULS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
As always on this day, the words of Saint Julian of NOrwich, that compassionate fourteenth- century saint, reminds us of the fragility of our Cosmos – a fragility confirmed anew by the physicists of the tentieth century…
“No, my Friends, it is not this earth that is to be demoloished: it is the Human Species.”
Hymn: The Earth Forgives
“In sweet forgiveness find your joy,
For it alone can set you free.”
77. REN SAINT JULIAN AND ALL SOULS YEAR TWENTY-FIVE
The group sits around the fire. Toby is making soup and working to heal Amanda and Jimmy. Toby feeds them and urges them to concentrate on the present and be grateful. Jimmy and Ren exchange words that free Ren from the past and she feels happy. Singing is heard in the distance and the torches of a procession flicker.
Some words from Jeanette Winterson’s review (September 20, 2009) in The New York Times:
“In this strangely lonely book, where neither love nor romance changes the narrative, friendship of a real and lasting and risk-taking kind stands against the emotional emptiness of the money/sex/power/consumer world of CorpSEcorps, and as the proper antidote to the plague-mongering of Crake and Jimmy, for whom humankind holds so little promise. As ever with Atwood, it is friendship between woman that is noted and celebrated – friendship not without its jealousies but friendship that survives rivalry and disappoiontment, and has a generosity that at the end of the novel allows for hope. Atwood believes in human beings, and she likes women. It is Toby and Ren who take the novel forward from the last page, not the genetically engineered new humans.”