In her novel “The Year of the Flood”, Margaret Atwood describes the lives of Toby and Ren before and after the waterless flood. As I’m reading it, I can’t stop thinking about what will happen to them once they run out of food and also what will happen to the buildings they live in. They’re both stuck in two separate buildings that are for now providing food and shelter. Ren can’t get out as it is locked from the inside. Toby can get out if she needs to, but she prefers not to as the outside world is really dangerous. The buildings they now live in were once taken care of by janitors, caretakers, electricians, etc. there are now no one to take care of it and to prevent it from decaying. So what will happen to those buildings? Well I didn’t have to think for long as someone else already had asked this question.
“Life After People” is a documentary in which many scientists speculate about what will happen when humans leave the earth. They think that in as little as a year, buildings will start to crumble due to the growth of weeds and the lack of maintenance.
That is what I feared, especially for Ren who can’t escape; she is stuck in a building that will soon crush her. Along with the growing wildlife they don’t have a lot of options. They will soon have to go back to the way humans lived thousands years ago, it is funny to think about how evolved the world had become and now they are forced to go back to the old ways. I am intrigued about what will happen next and if Atwood will approach this subject. And you, dear readers, what do you think will happen next? Do you think Atwood will discuss about the subject of their scientific world decaying?