Synopsis from HarperCollins:
An inventive and riveting epic saga, After the Flood signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.
A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.
Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.
On their journey, Myra and Pearl join forces with a larger ship and Myra finds herself bonding with her fellow seekers who hope to build a safe haven together in this dangerous new world. But secrets, lust, and betrayals threaten their dream, and after their fortunes take a shocking—and bloody—turn, Myra can no longer ignore the question of whether saving Row is worth endangering Pearl and her fellow travelers.
A compulsively readable novel of dark despair and soaring hope, After the Flood is a magnificent, action packed, and sometimes frightening odyssey laced with wonder—an affecting and wholly original saga both redemptive and astonishing.
About: After the Flood is a post apocalypse science fiction written by Kassandra Montag. It was recently published on 9/3/2019 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 432 pages. The genres are science fiction, dystopian, women’s fiction, and post apocalypse. This book is the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading After the Flood on 9/12/2019 and finished it on 9/19/2019. This book is an excellent read! I like the idea of a post apocalypse flood because, to me, it seems like there were a lot of bad weather this year that caused so much flooding in USA. I can’t help but noticed how real people are being portrayed in this story. There are good and bad people in this world right now while we have everything to live on and the same goes after post apocalypse. There are people that always want more like the raiders in this story comparing to China wanting to control smaller locations such as Hong Kong. It’s great to read about mother/daughter survivors. I like Pearl and I like her actions when she let the seagull go because I dislike how Wayne and Jessa were so readily wanting to eat Pearl’s catch when they themselves could’ve tried to catch their own birds. It’s the same as people not willing to put effort into work but wanting their fair share.
This book begins with a prologue, told in the first person point of view following a pregnant Myra folding laundry while her 5 year-old named Row is being taken away from her by her husband, Jacob via a boat. Her home in Nebraska is flooded all around up to mailboxes while states in the coast were all underwater. Then the book started 7 years later, after another Six Year Flood, this is after the Hundred Year Flood, where the remaining inland states are underwater and survivors reside up in the mountains and on their boats. Myra now live with her second daughter named Pearl, 7, on a boat built by her deceased Grandfather. She has been searching for Row ever since. One day when a man came to kidnap Myra and Pearl to increase his colony’s population, by Row’s necklace worn on the man’s wrist, she learned that Row is still alive and where she lives, but the journey to rescue is dangerous and she could risk Pearl’s life.
After the Flood is well written and developed. I can easily imagine how the world looks like with vast water every which way I look because the author did a fantastic job describing the scenes. This story has it all: fear of attack from raiders, hope to settle at a safe place, loss of the past, afraid of the future, etc. I have a love/hate relationship with the main character Myra. On one side she is strong and independent with a strong devotion and loyalty to her family/friends but on the other side she makes rash decisions that potentially put others in danger. Since I don’t enjoy the main character all the time, I feel tired following her thoughts sometimes. Would’ve been great if there’s another point of view. I like that Myra gets to face off with the person who ruined her but I don’t like that Myra mess with Daniel’s confrontation with the person that ruined him. Life after the flood seems to be a dangerous one, always at risk both on land and on the open sea, so those parts are an adrenaline rush read. Despite me not loving the main character, the story is still an enjoyable read and I do recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: post apocalypse, page turner, mother/daughter survival, flood, mother’s devotion, family, teamwork, mother’s love
Con: I don’t enjoy the main character all the time
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
Kassandra Montag is a poet and novelist. Her work has appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Prairie Schooner, among other literary journals. She has won the Plainsongs Award, New Year’s Poet Award, and 1877 Award. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to William Morrows for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.