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Publisher's Summary

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 Arctic 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 listenable 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.

©2019 Kassandra Montag (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Tough Read

Struggled to finish this book...I found very few redeeming qualities in the main character, Myra. I also did not care at all for the reader's performance. She sounded like a CA Valley girl and her voice changes for the other characters was lousy. Story was ok but in the end rather predictible.

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Waterworld without the Kevin costner.

it was okay for a distopian novel. it's obvious the author was well educated on sailing. there were too many flashbacks in the middle of the story for me. I found myself skipping ahead through them at the end.

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No good

I listened to this whole crappy book because it sounded like an interesting premise, but was left entirely disappointed. I read for characters when I read and I didn't care about a single character for even a minute of this story. Plus, the style is an obnoxious prose. As for the reader, she has a pleasant voice, but somehow every word of dialogue, regardless of which character is speaking, has a teenage-angst-esque attitude in the delivery.

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The movie "Waterworld" with female lead

I liked most of the story and narration, but there were some moments that made me question the author's plot and character development.

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WOW!

Kept me on the edge of my seat. Scary, sad and thrilling - all the elements of a great novel. Performed beautifully!

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Long and boring

A pointless waste of time. Not badly written but a story that didn’t need to be written because it has no point.

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good exciting story

enjoyed it very much, especially the ending. some parts I found rather predictable, almost cliche, but overall good book.

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unpredictable beauty

The plot of this book took many turns that were unpredictable, surprising me over and over. I often wanted to stay in my car after arriving home just because I could not stop listening. And the language, descriptions and metaphors were beautiful. I want to find more books by this author.

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Wish there was more!

I love a good post-apocalyptic story though I'm not a fan of a story working off the premise of a lie. I was glad the author didn't drag it out. I found myself wanting more beyond the end.

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I loved everything about this book

While I originally picked it up for the climate change fiction, I loved it for the magnificent joy of the written word. Alternating between dark despair and unending hope, Kassandra Montag weaves the compelling story of a mother, Myra, who must weigh her choice of protecting her precocious 7-year-old or chasing after the 12-year-old who was stolen from her by her husband. At what point must she forsake the younger daughter for a vague possibility of saving the older one?

Set in a world where water has risen to cover all but the tops of mountain chains, Myra and Pearl sail the small boat her grandfather hand-made before his death, through the watery world, meeting friends who can help her, and gangs who fight among themselves for control of colonies where they keep the population as slaves, breeding ships where stolen young women are forced to bear the next generation, and people in fear for their lives.

Even at the end of the world, humanity constantly displays tribalism and a hunger for power. While the book is fiction, this attitude about humanity is often sadly true.