Once Upon A Wolvog

Stories from the front lines


The Fundamentals of Life and Survival

In the first two books of the trilogy, we see technological advancements running rampant through the world. Now, in the third post-apocalyptic instalment, the characters are all forced to go back to the fundamentals of life. But what are they?

Camping Training.

Attitude is a very important element of survival, especially when forced to survive with a group of people. Without a positive yet realistic attitude, it is unlikely that the community will prosper. In Maddaddam, we can already see the positive attitudes dwindling as jealousy arises and the perceived need to reproduce as well. It also seems as though some of the characters, such as Swift Fox, are forgetting the importance of the basics of surviving.

The small community of characters has managed to successfully find (obviously) air and a shelter, but also are in need of water and food. They must however remember the rule of threes that is important for anyone to survive in the wild:

  1. 3 minutes: a person can only last three minutes without air. This aspect is pretty much covered unless Crake decides to rise from the dead and finish the job, if you get what I’m saying…
  2. 3 hours: without shelter and a regulated body temperature, within three hours the person will meet their unfortunate demise.
  3. 3 days: water is very important for survival, and although the community is situated near a water source, making fresh water is very difficult.
  4. 3 weeks: without a proper diet, a person can only live three weeks. This is an issue because within the Maddaddamite community, all they have so far is meat and some vegetables.

Other than Attitude and the rules of three, fire is also important. Without fire, the Maddaddamites cannot cook or have light as the tech world has now fallen. As they are cooking meat and making stews, it is safe to say that this community has successfully satisfied this need.

What do you guys think the last one is? Any guesses?

Well, it’s the one thing that half of the people who are part of the community have: Naturalist skills!

That’s right, everything that Ren, Amanda, Zeb, Toby, Rebecca and whatever other Gardener is there has learned, will be put to the test for their survival. Let’s just hope that their increasingly negative attitudes don’t interfere with survival.

But what do you think? Will the negativity escalate past reparation?

the end

For more detail on survival, click below!


Photos from Google




1 Comment

inside gardening

A new evolution of farming is on the way. Recently this news was everywhere around the social media to show is benefice. The urban agriculture of Square Roots, the farm compound in New York. They wish to expand this new idea of farming start with 10 containers place in Brooklyn, New York. This compound of 320-square-foot can generate multiple of nutrition. Therefore, the way of reutilization of container is a benefice in these Square Roots industry. T6.jpghis intelligent way of producing vegetables requires less space and 80% water than outdoor farm. The nutriment is all organic and each container can produce around 50,000 mini-heads of lettuce per years.8.jpg

Before Square Roots, Wall Disney World already shows to the world his own inside farm at Epcot. Inside the Land Pavilion, they show the visitor where all the food of Wall Disney World is produced. In the campus, you can find an inside greenhouse whom they grow all the vegetables using the similar technique as the farm container. The greenhouse measure 2.5 million square feet. The production is using less water than exterior farms and expose the futurist model of communal living. The living with the land project shows the food shortage and environmental problem by improving agriculture with the new technology. Inside the Land Pavilion attraction, you can see gigantic tomato trees, exotic fruit who grow as they remove the constraints of gravity.


Even if Wall Disney World start to innovate the idea of a futuristic agriculture, the population start to see is benefice and expand this idea. The innovation of growing agriculture using less water and lands to produce the same amount of food is now on his way to be more than 10 shipping containers at New Work or an attraction park.





1 Comment

Nature: A Satisfying Source of Support?

In Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, it is very clear that the Gardeners have a close relationship with nature.  I found it very easy to understand their strong desire to preserve the environment and that in order to do so they don’t eat meat and they don’t throw anything away. However, I realized that this was only the surface of their closeness. If they want to follow all the rules established in the group, the Gardeners actually have to rely on nature to fulfill some of their emotional needs.

When trying to deal with Lucerne’s whining, Toby states that “[t]he Gardeners [are] expected to avoid any broadcasting of their personal problems: foisting your mental junk on others was frowned upon” (113). I can’t help but wonder, if they can’t share their challenges with other human beings, then who can they share them with? Well, it seems as though bees are good listeners!


The first thing Pilar teaches Toby about bees is that “[you] can always tell the bees your troubles” (99). This shows that although they can’t respond with words to show their support, these small creatures are actually there to listen to what the Gardeners feel the need to share. The bees adopt a role that the Gardeners are expected to avoid, which gives them a certain importance in regards to the individuals’ well-being. They allow them to open up and share their most deep and personal thoughts, which is something that is significantly positive. The bees do not have the capacity to judge or to criticize, so in the end talking to them might be a better deal than talking to other Gardeners, who can easily convey their own opinions on matters.

I soon started to wonder, if they truly respect the rule of not sharing their issues with others, then how can the Gardeners develop relationships amongst themselves that are closer than the ones they have with nature? That must be a difficult thing to accomplish since most relationships between humans entail having them open up to each other. In order to address the matter, I thought I would take a closer look at what is, in my opinion, one of the strongest relationships between two Gardeners; that of Ren and Amanda. I quickly realized that although they succeed in developing a significant bond, it seems as though they don’t follow the expectation mentioned earlier. As a matter of fact, the two girls often open up about the struggles they are facing.  For instance, they are seen discussing Amanda’s break up with Jimmy as well as some emotions it brings up (314), which is something I consider to be quite personal. So in reality, an important factor contributing to the closeness between Ren and Amanda consists of disrespecting one of the Gardeners’ rules.

Consequently, would it be appropriate to say that in order to be an obedient and responsible Gardner, one has to seek support and consolation from the elements in nature rather than from other human beings? If so, how satisfying can the environment truly be when it comes the fulfillment of emotional needs?