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Flood (Flood #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  3,023 ratings  ·  370 reviews
Next year. Sea levels begin to rise. The change is far more rapid than any climate change predictions; metres a year. Within two years London, only 15 metres above the sea, is drowned. New York follows, the Pope gives his last adress from the Vatican, Mecca disappears beneaths the waves. Where is all the water coming from? Scientists estimate that the earth was formed with ...more
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published July 17th 2008 by Gollancz
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Oct 08, 2014 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Richard by: HardSF Group
In 1977, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote Lucifer's Hammer , a novel dealing with the collapse of civilization after the Earth is hit by a massive comet.

When it was written, the world’s major anxiety was nuclear weapons: The possibility that the United States and the Soviet Union (with a much smaller role played by China) would annihilate humanity with a massive exchange of explosions and radiation was a pervasive nightmare. Lucifer's Hammer was a clear response to this anxiety. It allowed
Patrick Gibson
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. I am a huge fan of apocalyptic fiction. On the surface, this book seems to fit the bill. The seas are rising, the earth is flooding - what will humanity do to survive? What's not to like - right? Well, it turns out - quite a bit.

This is the first book in a long time that I have had to force myself to get through. The first 50 pages or so have some flashes of interest, but mostly read like stale and overly long description of geography and topogra
Bryan Alexander
What a devastating and epic novel. Flood is the story of planetary catastrophe, of a titular flood that subsumes human civilization.

Baxter offers a small group of characters to humanize this disaster. Intriguingly, they are all former hostages, comrades in privation. This bonds them for life, setting them up as a team who try to aid each other as the world goes to hell.

And to a watery hell it races. Flood begins by drowning London and southeast England, and never lets up. The oceans simply keep
I imagine this book happened this way. A group of intelligent science fiction writers were sitting around a table and drinking perhaps a bit too much and they were making a list of the worst science fiction movies of all time. Stephen Baxter who was a little drunk at the time shouts out "Waterworld!" and everyone laughs especially at the fish gilled Kevin Costner character. And seriously where did all that water come from! And then Stephen got a glassy look on his face and said you know what? I ...more
Two stars seems rather harsh for a book that I was able to finish, but going by the good reads guidelines "it was okay". So two stars it is.

A small group of hostages are rescued after years of captivity and find themselves in an unrecognizable world where the oceans are slowly taking over.

Interesting enough premise. Not as preachy as one might imagine. The message of man destroying Mother Earth is there but I don't think it's enough to bother anyone. My problem was the writing itself. The charac
Ripping good fiction; mediocre (at best) science fiction--flawed by egregious errors in history, geography and science.

Without giving away too much, it's hard to enumerate where he went wrong. His interpersonal relationships lack credibility. His knowledge of things American is superficial and often wrong. He ignores the thousands of ships and boats--large and small (including a dozen American aircraft carriers, though he creates two British carriers from whole cloth) in his rush to depopulate t
Mar 26, 2009 Doug rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like Arthur C Clarke
Shelves: sci-fi
Stephen Baxter is a prolific author, and it shows in a number of his works - they are very Clarkian, taking an interesting idea (in this case a vast planet drowning flood) and following it to it's conclusion.

As with many of his books the typical cast of scientists are generally unreflective and fail to present a plausible inner life in response to what is going on around them.

Undoubtedly, as with Clarke, this is because Baxter is more interested in pursuing his idea to it's conclusion, rather th
Jun 11, 2009 Pete rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I find myself seeing the points of reviews that rated this lower, HOWEVER I will say that this is probably the best book that I have read this year. And I would argue that I have read a number of really good books. In fact I would like to give this a higher rating if it was possible.

Baxter is indeed very Clarke-ian and for that I love him. Concept, Sci-fi and story are all well conceptualized, researched and realized. The characters some complain were a bit flat, but the character were well ren
Liz Wilkins
Enjoyed this one but thought it went on a bit. An apocalyptic Lord of the Rings if you like. Full review to follow. Still want to read Ark though!
I picked up Flood a few years ago, just days before real-life flooding took place in Nashville. And while my family was spared any major damage or direct impact from the flooding, I still knew a lot of people whose lives were impacted by it.

And so it was that this novel languished on my to-be-read shelf for what a couple of years. Finally, a few weeks, it rose to the top of my to-be-read pile and I decided enough time had passed that I decided to pick it up and give it a try.

As with all Stephen
Imagine a future where the world slowly submerges, and the survivors in desperation fight for passage on the Titanic, knowing it too is doomed, but not having any other alternative.

(No additional spoilers). Baxter has written an exceptionally well thought out hard-science-fiction novel. After thousands of apocalyptic novels now published, it's amazing that a new 'means to end' was created.

This is a thinking person's 2012, with some decent characterization and plot lines. Baxter's tempo of the n
Minus 1 star for referring to carbon dioxide as "cee-oh-two".

Minus 9 stars for having an incredibly one-dimensional main character, it's almost like she was only there to witness what was going on with other people. Incredibly passive character, stuff just happens to her and around her but she has little real voice or opinion.

Minus 34 stars for being plain stupid and boring.

But note: I didn't subtract any stars for the pretend science that wasn't even really based in anything but cow-pies. I
Bill Lenoir
For a fan of end-of-the-world stories, what's not to like about this book? It posits a world where massive oceans underneath the Earth's mantle have broken through and are slowly flooding the world as we know it. Over the course of four decades, the sea level rises to eventually drown Mt. Everest. The struggle to deal with this slow motion catastrophe is ripe for any number of plots. So, what's not to like? Plenty.

Flood is a bad book. I don't mean subjectively bad like I prefer apples over orang
It starts out as almost a fantasy as flood waters the world over start to rise. Each major section of the book starts with a map showing the changes to the world as the sea level creeps up and up. But the science it, as is typical of Baxter, quite real, quite believable and all rather scary.

Baxter's fascination with evolution and adaptation comes to the fore here. The book covers aroiund 35 years and three generations of people and the changes he imagines are all too realistic. His depiction of
This book was suggested as a candidate for the Powells SF group. Phil found it unreadable which is unheard of a for a apocalyptic book - though to be fair she prefers post-apocalyptic. I found it a bit of a slow read. The premise was interesting if unbelievable. It would be an okay book to discuss except for the people who would refuse to finish it. 4 of 5.
I like an apocalyptic story because I like seeing how the author views the breakdown of civilization. This book spent more time on the science. Otherwise, the only in-depth character story centers around Lily and her fellow kidnap survivors, but I never really understood Nathan's fascination with them or why he readily absorbed them into his inner circle. I also had difficulty with the way Grace is treated throughout the story, feeling that at some point, she would've been better off left alone; ...more
May 08, 2015 Kit rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This book is nothing but constant frustration. It promises a thrilling story centered around the loss of our home planet, as told from the perspective of a group of survivors. It's a great concept, global warming and rising sea levels but it fails over and over and over. The science is shaky at best, and while I can over look that there is no getting passed the horrid pacing and lackluster characters.

The book suffers from "too much stuff" plain and simple. There is so much time spent on world bu
Yolanda Sfetsos
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I like Baxter and want to like this, but something bothers me about it. It could be the pacing which is slow and without any real building of suspense. I did not identify with any of the characters, nor did I feel a sense of emotional involvement in this apocalyptic novel. But, as it says on the cover, it is relentless. And, that it is.

I am also bothered some by the unbelievability of the size of the flood, at least by the mechanisms explained in the book.
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Flood (2008) by Stephen Baxter is the first book in a series. Stephen Baxter is a well know British science fiction author, and his novel is my first encounter with Mr. Baxter's work. Interestingly, the main protagonist of the book is water.
The Setup
The story begins in 2016. After being held hostage for five years four people - Lily, Helen, Gary, and Pierce are freed by a private security force of AxysCorp. - a multinational company owned by Nathan Lammockson. The freed prisoners return to their
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Most of the comments about Flood could have made about nearly any hard science fiction novel: cool science, mediocre characters. But anyone who has read a novel by Baxter (or Arthur C. Clarke, to whom he is often compared) will already be expecting these characteristics from the genre. Reviewers indicated that Flood was an engaging novel despite these expected limitations and that at times, it even overcame them. But when critics were left in awe, it was never from a character's actions but from

Naomi Styles
What a lot of nonsense. I usually love these apocalyptic sciency looks at our world's possible future, mixed with a bit of thrill and intrigue, but this really was daft. Fancy trying to have a core of about three people who manage to keep flying round the world keeping in touch with each other while the world gradually (actually not so gradually) loses all its landmass. No oil, no food, no transport, death everywhere, but O look, our heroes are driving around in helicopters. And as for the scien ...more
I'm not normally a sci-fi reader but this book was highly recommended by some like minded readers. It is a story of the slow unfolding of the immersion of the earth in water but the real interest for me was the oh so familiar failure of the governments and people to grasp the situation. The climate models were not working. Things were not going to return to 'normal'. The various reactions of the people as they were forced to evacuate their homes to move to ever more scarce high ground was portra ...more
I now want to read everything written by Stephen Baxter. I love apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels and was so excited when I saw this in a book store. I was surprised when the lady at the store said she had already sold so many of them that day as I had heard of Stephen Baxter by never the book FLOOD.

The events that are described in his book left me wanting to read more. As expected, the sea level rises, but you find yourself having a connection to the characters.

I loved this so much that b
Dorian D-W
May 09, 2015 Dorian D-W rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like books by Stephen Baxter
I've read a number of books by Stephen Baxter now, and they're all quite similar.

A really interesting hook setting up a rather wonderful character (Lily is being held captive with four others in Barcelona). Then a world-changing event occurs (runaway global flooding) and society as we know it collapses. Over the course of many years more or less everyone dies. The book ends with a second world-changing event neatly setting up the sequel.

It's kind of disappointing that so much effort is put into
I'm a huge fan of Stephen Baxter, and it pains me to only give something he's written such a middling amount of stars, but this two-book series just isn't all that hot. I've always been a huge fan of the deft way Baxter blends hard science fiction with interesting characters that you come to care about, but neither of those strengths were on display here. Not all of the characters are one-dimensional standard tropes, but enough of them are to be disappointing, and his usual fascinating scientifi ...more
Of two minds about FLOOD. On the one hand, nothing is more effective nightmare fuel to me than this sort of story, when society breaks down under the weight of the relentless logic of an unfolding catastrophe. In this case, the disaster is the sudden eruption of water from massive reservoirs deep beneath the earth's crust, causing the sea level to rise exponentially until nowhere is safe. That sense creates an unrelenting grimness to the book that was really striking, as all the best laid plans ...more
I enjoyed this book enough to reread it several years later when I was casting about for a certain type of book. While this book is, by no means, perfect, it's an engaging read. If you let yourself feel the mounting horror of mankinds total accomplishments being steadily drowned by rising waters, the emotional resonance that is evoked is quite powerful.
What bothered me far more than characters I didn't really get to know or care about, was the logistical failures of Baxter's imagination concern
Meh. Unremarkable plot-driven disaster fare. The first third is promising enough, setting up the characters and detailing the rapid decline of a major metropolitan city. (Spoiler alert: it involves water!) I enjoyed it enough to start recommending this book to friends. But the wooden characters never grow or change over the decades this book sticks with them, remaining nonplussed by situations that would elicit shock and horror in most human beings. None of the characters show any empathy, vulne ...more
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Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the ...more
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