Thoughts from the front lines


Far from reality?

In her book The Maddaddams, Margaret Atwood describes the lives of the survivors of the waterless flood. This group of survivors is mostly made up of Gardeners and of Maddaddamites and a few lost painballers. They have no families left, they have to scavenge for food, they are under imminent threat all the times, and they have no beds. Basically none of their basic needs are met. When reading stuff like that, it’s hard to put ourselves in that situation. How do you think you would react to this new life? When I read what Atwood wrote, it’s hard for me to put myself in their shoes and imagine how I would react to having nothing to look forward to. What’s the point of trying if there’s no reward? That’s when I realised, there are people that are currently living like Atwood’s group of survivor. People living in war zones lives in very similar situation than the one Toby is in.


These images of Syria reminds me of what Toby describes in the book, the wrecked cars, the destroyed buildings, everything is quite similar. This is in no way a coincidence. Like everything else in the book, we are lead to believe that what happens in the book would never happen in real life, we wouldn’t let it. However, it is in fact happening every day. The people living in those conflict zones are in an even worse place than Toby as she currently is. In fact, there is about “five million people in Yemen, Somalia and northeast Nigeria, as well as areas of South Sudan where famine has already been declared” (Yemen and Somalia…). There is five million people that are being denied basic needs as I’m writing this at home, on my expensive computer, eating my expensive food, and after that going to sleep in my expensive bed. Atwood definitely put those similarity in her book to make us realize that they are people right now that are suffering and we are not even aware, nor even acknowledging it.


Atwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy. New York: Random House, 2013. Print

“Yemen and Somalia ‘months away’ from famine.” News | Al Jazeera, 22 Mar. 2017. Web

Further reading:

Fleming, Melissa, “The situation in Syria is only going to get worse … and here’s why.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 16 Feb. 2015. Web.



Life After the Numbers People

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?