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3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  560 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
What if the sea began to rise . . . and rise . . . until the land began to disappear? A brilliant futuristic fantasy by an acclaimed new writer.

Global warming has caused the sea to rise until cities are turning into islands and civilization is crumbling. Ten-year-old Zoe discovers a small rowboat and keeps it a secret until she sets out alone on the great sea to find he
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Yearling (first published March 2nd 2000)
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Apr 22, 2013 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, childrens
My biggest complaint about FLOODLAND is that it is too short and as a result it suffered from not being able to give enough information to the reader to totally be at ease with what was going on. Ten-year old Zoe lives on Norwich. No, that’s not a typo – Norwich has become an island as the ice caps melted and sea levels rose inundating much of Britain and the rest of the world. Supplies were running out and six months previously when the boat came to drop off supplies for the last time Zoe’s par ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Lana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Floodland is an interesting story about a young girl called Zoe who lives on a deserted island, Norwich. Norwich is deserted because of high sea levels.
Zoe's parents left on a supply ship without realising Zoe was still on the island. She manages to flee Norwich on a derelict boat called Lyca. Zoe makes it to another island where she is faced with more danger. This story delves into Zoe's adventures where she meets lots of fascinating characters along the way.

This book is great for whole class
Recommended for ages 10 to 13, this book falls into the category of "Surviving Environmental Catastrophes." Set in the near future, global warming has caused the Earth's sea levels to rise and flood the coastal nations around the world. Zoe's family is last to leave their flooded town in England, and she is sadly separated from her parents as they get on the last boats. She is fortunate to uncover a small rowboat submerged in the mud, and fixes it up so she can escape her town and find her paren ...more
This book is an insult to sci fi. It makes no sense whatsoever
Aug 04, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book the fact it was a middle grade book meant it was shorter and did not go in to the depth I would have liked but I enjoyed the stories I just wanted more from the characters
My review, as posted to my blog (


Picture this.

The world, as you know it, has changed.


England, previously more or less a haven of temperate weather – with the occasional warmer summer or frosty January to liven things up a little – has surrendered to the inexorable (not to mention terrifying) progress of climate change, and has been reduced to a few piecemeal, unconnected land masses surrounded by a frankly rather uncomfortable amount of water.
Mar 04, 2015 Zineb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having lost her parents when they were trying to escape, Zoe is left alone to defend for herself among the inhabitants of Norwich. All around the world, the sea is taking over, drowning every scrap of land. Zoe needs to escape the island of Norwich as soon as possible before it’s too late, but how? During one of her scavenging trips for food and drinkable water, she comes across a buried boat which she digs up and uses to flee. Her destination is the mainland where she will hopefully be reunited ...more
Becky B
The sea has taken over much of the land, and Norwich is getting to be a less and less pleasant place to live. Mum was sick so Zoe let Dad go with her in the last spot on the rescue boat. They promised to come back for her, but many months have passed and there have been no more rescue boats. Zoe finds a boat, fixes it up, and evading others desperate to get off of the shrinking island, Zoe escapes Norwich in her boat setting off with only a compass and a vague sense of where the rescue boats too ...more
Linda Grant
Feb 14, 2017 Linda Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as it is the book that we will be looking at in literary next term. It would have been nice if this book was a bit longer, we never find out the outcomes of some of the other characters Dooby, William and Natalie to name a few, we can guess at some of their fates but it would be nice to know for sure. I don't know if there is a sequel, if only to tie up loose ends. Would I read more of this author's work? Probably, to see how his work has developed. This book however is ideal fo ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Maryse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
The story is decent at best. At first I thought it would be more creepy, more dark, something like Lord of the Flies, as a lot of readers claim in their reviews. I don't know if it's because the book was written for kids, but the story was a little flat and predictable for me.

The premise started out well: most of England is submerged under water after global warming melts the ice caps and Zoe, the young heroine, is left to fend for herself. I think the best part of the book was the beginning. S
Floodland initially gave me the impression of a post-apocolyptic Lord of the Flies style book - a book which greatly impacted me when I read it in highschool and is one that I often consider the implications of and message from to this day.

Even small books can make a big impact, so I was optimistic when I started reading this one. But instead of packing a lot of punch in a small number of pages like I hoped, Floodland read more like a cautionary tale.

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Oct 10, 2010 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished the first of my five books for the Young Adult Youth Dystopian Challenge. (See my post on September 14th). Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick was recommended by Bart’s Bookshelf. While it was not as intense as most young adult dystopian novels, it was still an enjoyable read. It was easy to identify with ten-year-old Zoe’s desperation. In a not-too-distant future Zoe lives in a world where the sea is quickly encroaching on the land. Accidentally left behind by her parents Zoe is alone ...more
Floodland is the first Sedgwick that I’ve read, and it definitely made me want to read more. It’s quite short and easy to read, making it a nice, quick read–and it’s appropriate for middle-grade readers as well as young adults (and adults). The writing style is enjoyable, and the characters and observations are interesting. There’s a good balance between the action and the more psychological aspects, which makes it much more enjoyable that it would otherwise be. Probably one of the most interest ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is aimed at older children and won the Branford Boase Award.

The story is set some time in the not too distant future. England has been almost completly reclaimed by the sea. Zoe, the heroine of the story hasnt seen her father and her sick mother since they sailed away from the island of Norwich on the last boat to leave, Zoe was accidentally left behind and has had to face life alone. Zoe comes across an abandoned old boat and spends hours making it seaworthy, she escapes and makes h
Nov 25, 2012 Shanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, dystopia
Rounding up from a 3.5

Okay I'm giving this an okay rating because I did really like it, but goodness me if this isn't the most unsatisfying book i've ever read. It could have been so, so much more and I really don't understand why it isn't? Everything is crammed into 150 pages, completely rushed through as if there's no time to tell the story. I couldn't even get into the characters because by the time I was starting to get to know them, the book was finished!

There could have been conversati
Katie Birtwistle
Jun 06, 2013 Katie Birtwistle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful book based on the character Zoe who has to leave her home town of Norwich due to a flood and she ends up inhabiting Eel island. She encounters the Eel tribe and several of the members are important characters in the book. The story develops with Zoe trying to locate her boat Lyca in a bid to finally be reunited with her parents. Along the way she develops a very special bond with William, an older man on Eel island. This book was surprisingly addictive as the writer built up a ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Hollowspine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A quick read with an environmental focus. Zoey finds herself left behind when her family tries to escape Norridge, a small island that falls deeper into the sea by the day due to the encroaching waters of the ever rising sea. Is this what our future children will face?

Taking place in the near future, Zoey has never seen a car in use and has never walked in one direction without encountering the ocean. The story follows Zoey as she tries to find her parents. Over the story she has nagging hopes a
Sep 22, 2012 Rae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Maybe a one is a little harsh but I really hate Marcus Sedgwicks' books (No offence to him, I'm sure he's a nice guy). I had to read this for our school topic of global warming and found the book ridiculous and childish. It was probably aimed towards my age group but you might as-well take ten years off me and I would still find it ridiculous. I think he went for a dystopian approach but it completely failed and might as well have been an AWFUL attempted copy of 'Lord Of The Flies'.

I got lande
"How do you think people have survived? How do people remember who they are and where they're from? And how do they know what it means to be human, what makes us more than animals? How do they pass these things on to their children? Stories, that's how."

Floodland is split in 3 parts, a Before, Then, and After. - it is about a girl called Zoe who is trying to find her parents who accidentally left her behind when they left on a boat from what's left of Norwich. England has been covered in water f
May 31, 2014 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have some mixed opinions about this book. I found it a great read with a great plot. The writing was good quality and I love the way it was set out into before, then and after. I have previously read revolver and I found it quite hard to follow as it kept changing the time it was set in. The reasons why I haven't given this book a higher rating is because I found the main character selfish and she would get angry with people for no reason. I also thought the book was too short and the story co ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was short and a fast read, but it held my attention the whole time. I was concerned for Zoe, and like her, I alternated between liking Dooby and hating him. I think in the end I wanted her to end up going with him, but I think it was for the best that Munchkin was with her.

The story itself is a frightening look at one potential future in which the polar caps melt and land is covered by water. It's amazing how quickly humans revert to savages i
This was compared to The Lord of the Flies, which almost scared me away. It doesn't get to that point, thankfully. Zoe, through accident, has been left alone in Norwich, which rising waters has isolated. She manages to escape, only to come to another island where civilization has fled. She's determined to get to the mainland, and to her parents.

I was worried for the first bit because much is made of Zoe's independence and self-reliance, but she does warm up to a couple of people, and I liked how
Jun 30, 2016 Lizzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
As always with Marcus Sedgwick, the writing was beautiful, eerie and captivating, with a story to match. The premise, the plot, the characters; I love them all.

The thing that let it down was the pacing. It wasn't long enough - partly just because I always want to read more Sedgwick, but also because the story deserved a proper novel rather than short story, even if it's for children. While all the key moments were brilliant, it was the bits in between that felt rushed, pushing forwards to the ne
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Cheer Papworth
Interesting premise, but somehow the story missed the mark. I think this book could have been more of an odyssey for the main character...there could have been soooooo much more to the story. I also felt like the ending came way to quickly and was sort of contrived. This story had moments of great potential that I felt were missed. I am frustrated because I wanted to expand the story myself. Good idea, but it just fell a little flat for me and now I am whining about it...blah!
Pretty good post-apocalyptic story with England basically flooded out & only a few small islands of land remaining above water. Bits had a Lord of the Flies feel to it. Felt the ending was a little abrupt and matter of fact. I would have liked to learn more about what life was like in mainland Europe which the girl was trying to reach.
Mar 07, 2012 Mima rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, 2012
It was really great to finally read Marcus Sedgwick's first novel, though I didn't really enjoy it much. It just didn't seem to have that haunting quality to it, the quality I have found in all of his other books so far. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent read, but not up to his usual earth-shattering standard.
s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear
This could have been much better and I can't even place precisely why I disliked it so. Given the setting it just seemed like more could've happened. The baddies didn't seem bad enough to dislike, or even likeable, so you just don't care either way. The ending felt rushed, and the main character just seemed to push aside any emotions she'd been carrying at the final moment. Bleh.
Caroline Sayer
This is a depressing outlook on the world but yes tbh Norfolk is a bit screwed global warming wise so mmm. not good. also poor dooby
Dec 11, 2014 BL834 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars, rounded down for the ending.

"Floodland" is an extremely short book, so it's not too surprising that the characters are somewhat flat and the plot is fairly limited. In spite of those issues it is a very readable book that the younger range of YAs and/or older elementary kids would probably enjoy.
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
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