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Re-read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Chapters 49 through 67

NOTE: SPOILERS ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE POST

Hymn: The Peach or PlumYear of Flood 2

49. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

“Adam One used to say…Without the light, no chance; without the dark, no dance.” CorpSeMen break into the Snakepit. Ren sees what happens on cameras in the Sticky Zone where she is trapped now (she was there getting a repair to her BodyGlove.)

50. Ren remains trapped. On camera she learns of a major epidemic, world wide. That it was on the news meant that it was very serious – “”The Corps couldn’t keep the lid on.” The dead people from the Snakepit were removed by men in biosuits but no one checked the second floor where Ren was. After a few more days “there wasn’t any more news. ” Ren figures she has food for six weeks. She texted Amanda to come to Scales and got a NO SERVICE message. Eventually she reached her in Ohio.

51. Ren reminisces about her relationship with Amanda and with Jimmy: this helps the reader recall the connections and presents the Martha Graham Academy from another perspective. She has a reunion with Bernice who is taking courses in How to Profit from Holistic Healing. Ren apologizes for what happened to Burt (Bernice’s father). Years later Ren learns of Bernice’s death in a raid on a Gardeners’ safe house.

52. Ren is sure she will see Jimmy again. (“There was a hole in my heart that only Jimmy could fill.” When she did see him “He didn’t even wave, he looked away as if he hadn’t seen me.” Ren’s “biofather” Frank is kidnapped and taken across the Atlantic. Kidnappers will trade Frank for some formulas but HelthWyzer says the formulas are worth more than Frank. Lucerne lost her status as top-wife at HelthWyzer and also her house. She moved to CryoJeenyus Compound and Ren was “kicked out of the nest” when Lucerne moved in with another man who wasn’t prepared to support Ren. This was how Ren almost ended up at Scales and Tails but she met a woman from the AnooYoo Spa (actually Toby under the pseudonym Tobiatha) and who took Ren on as an apprentice.

53. At AnooYoo Ren and Toby exchange stories/experiences. After a year, Toby found Amanda who was a bioartist living near Heritage Park. Toby warned Ren not to get too involved with Amanda. It so happens that Amanda has become involved with Jimmy and she had Jimmy’s picture on her fridge. Ren thinks: “I felt as if she’d stuck a nail right into my heart.” The Ren is snubbed (blown off) by Lucerne: “It was like being erased off the slate of the universe – to have your own mother act s if you’d never been born.’ So Ren left AnooYoo for Scales and Tails so that she could effectively avoid both Amanda and Lucerne.

54. Amanda breaks up with Jimmy. Glenn starts coming to Scales (he is now the top guy at Rejoov Corp). He was in charge of the Paradice Project.  This is a major link to Oryx and Crake. Oryx comes with Glenn to Scales. Ren has to serve Jimmy as a customer.

SAINT DIAN, MARTYR.   YEAR OF TWENTY-FIVE. Of Persecution. Spoken by Adam One

In remembrance of Bernice. Consecrated to interspecies empathy. Especially in remembrance of “Saint Dian Fossey, who gav e her life while defending the Gorillas from ruthless exploitation.”

The Gardeners must move out of their present hiding place.

Hymn: Today We Praise Our Saint DianGod's Gardeners Hymns

55. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Ren remains undiscovered; food is running out.

56. Ren sees Amanda on the videoscreen carefully sneaking into the Snakepit.

57. TOBY   SAINT KAREN SILKWOOD  YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby sends a message with a bee. Pigs have trashed the garden. Toby checks her supplies.

58. REN    YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Amanda describes her journey to find Ren.

59. TOBY   SAINT ANIL AGARWAL    YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby prepares to go foraging. She remembers Adam One saying “What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” In the garden, she salvages an onion and 2 radishes. In the meadow, she is tempted to sleep. She feels the dark forest drawing her in. She collects some of the maggots from the dead boar.

60. REN   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Ren and Amanda dress in Biofilms. They play music and three guys showed up: turned out to be Shackie, Croze and little Oates. They had been locked in Painball as the Red Team and so did not get the plague. They compare experiences with Ren and Amanda. They had been working with Zeb and others at taking bioforms to specific locations and setting them loose in an attemot to “destroy the infrastruture.”  But the plague, they said, was not a MaddAddam thing. Then the Gold Team came looking for the Red Team and the five abandoned Scales and Tails.

61. They went to the old Wellness Clinic after getting supplies from a supermarket. They decided to go on to AnooYoo but on the way they were attacked. When Ren awoke, only Amanda was with her.

PREDATOR DAY.   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE   Of God as the Alpha Predator

Spoken by Adam One.

On Predator Day we celebrate God the Tiger. Or God the Lion etc. “He is not a tame Being, my Friends; he is a wild Being, and cannot be summoned and controlled like a Dog.”

Hymn: The Water-Shrew that Rends Its Prey

62. TOBY   SAINT NGANEKO MINHINNICK OF MANUKAU   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby shoots at the painballers and they run off.

63. TOBY   SAINT WEN BO DAY   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Ren seeks Toby’s help.

64. Toby treats Ren.

65. TOBY   SAINT MAHATMA GANDHI DAY  YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby uses maggots to cure Ren.

66. TOBY   SAINT HENRI FABRE, SAINT ANNA ATKINS, SAINT TIM FLANNERY, SAINT ICHIDA-SAN, SAINT DAVID SUZUKI, SAINT PETER MATTHIESSEN  YEAR TWENTY-FIVE

Toby continues Ren’s treatments. Ren tells Toby about what has happened to her. Plans are made to find Amanda.

67. They set out: the plan is to make their way towards the sea.

SAINT RACHEL AND ALL BIRDS   YEAR TWENTY-FIVE   Of the gifts of Saint Rachel; And of the Freedom of the Spirit.  Spoken by Adam One

Hymn: When God Shall His Bright Wings Unfold

NOTE: See next post for the completion (Chapters 68 through 77)

1 comment to Re-read Read Along of The Year of the Flood Chapters 49 through 67

  • Although I don’t think I gave it much thought on first reading, Amanda’s art seems much more core to the story now that I am re-reading. In fact, I think I was just so caught up with the story, with the question of survival and sanity, on my first go-around, that I nearly overlooked the language/narrative aspect of the trilogy. I wonder what I would notice on another re-read….

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