In this freestanding companion novel to Booker Prize-winning author Atwood's (margaretatwood.ca) Oryx and Crake (2003)--also available from Books on Tape and Random Audio--characters shift in time and space as the environmentalist Gardeners plan for a new world amid devastation by a pandemic virus. Bernadette Dunne (see Behind the Mike, LJ 5/15/09) and Katie MacNichol (Mistik Lake) narrate, conveying hope for this society poised for reinvention, while Mark Bramhall (Fire in the Blood) reads sermons. Songs performed by Orville Stoeber (with lyrics composed by the author) provide thematic breaks. Provocative and political, funny and inspiring; highly recommended for fans of speculative and literary fiction. ["This dystopian fantasy belongs in the hands of every highbrow sf aficionado and anyone else who claims to possess a social conscience," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Nan A. Talese: Doubleday hc, LJ 8/09.--Ed.]--Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC[Page 60]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.