On a recent car trip (I take a lot of them), I was excited to listen once again to "The Year of the Flood" by Margaret Atwood. It is the second book in the Madd Addam Trilogy. Fans of distopian fiction will enjoy the world that Atwood has envisioned. The story mostly follows two female narrators, Ren and Toby, both of whom have connections to the religous hippie cult God's Gardeners. You will learn their past and how they ended up stranded in their locations and unsure of what to do next. Toby is barricaded into a luxury spa with genetically spliced animals ready to attack with a limited supply of food that keeps getting eaten. Ren is locked into the "sticky zone" or containment cell of a club where she worked as a trapeze dancer. She's trying to make her food last longer, but how will she get out? "Oryx and Crake" is the first book in the series, but you can read this one as a stand alone if you prefer. The last book is scheduled to come out in September 2013.
Recommended by Carol Landis