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Flood (Flood #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  3,834 Ratings  ·  431 Reviews
Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this. The world they have returned to has been transformed-by water. And the water is rising.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Roc (first published July 17th 2008)
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Oct 08, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bryan Alexander
Mar 27, 2015 Bryan Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: postapocalypse
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
Apr 17, 2012 Traci rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Bill Lenoir
Jul 04, 2014 Bill Lenoir rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Billy Roper
Aug 27, 2016 Billy Roper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At times preachy, in a politically correct way, about the typical social justice Kumbaya topics, this book nevertheless captured an undervisited apocalyptic scenario: global flooding. Well, yes, it's been done, all respect to Gilgamesh and Noah and the Atlanteans, but not in a while, at least. The last time it was in hardcover, the hard cover was onyx.

Like our own lives, the characters get caught up in their own day to day and lose touch, seeing one another briefly over the course of decades as
Mar 26, 2009 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2013 Rana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 15, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Έχει μέσα απο όλα....απλά ωμό και λεπτομερέστερα περιγραφικό απαντά στο ερώτημα τι θα κάναμε αν ζούσαμε πραγματικά ένα κατακλυσμό, κάτι που εγώ προσωπικά πριν αλλά και μετά που διάβασα το βιβλίο δεν θέλω καν να σκέφτομαι, μέσω της φαντασίας του συγγραφέα...σε μερικά σημεία ειδικά ήταν σοκαριστικό και με κινηματογραφική πλοκή..συνδυασμός των ταινιών 2012,μετά την επόμενη μέρα και flood...παρά την ακαταλαβιστική αρχή του (είναι μέχρι να μπείς στο κλίμα της πλοκής) είναι ότι πρέπει για τους λάτρεις ...more
Liz Barnsley
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!
May 08, 2015 Kit rated it it was ok
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
Jul 27, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2016 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The science is there, but the fiction could have been better. The pacing is often too slow. And some plots which were explored at length previously reach a conclusion in just a sentence, like the author suddenly remembered he had to wrap that up, but was more interested in the rest that was currently going on. I also felt conflicted by how at first this book seemed like it could have been straight out of reality, but near the end it grew far more fantastical. Still, that's fiction for you, I gue ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Susan May
May 07, 2010 Susan May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read. What a vision.
Nov 14, 2015 Agnes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good idea but the book would be much better with 200 page less. This way was just boring.
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-futuristic
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David Nichols
Oct 24, 2015 David Nichols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
Stephen Baxter's 2008 sci-fi novel posits an ambitious world-killing disaster: the rupturing of an immense sub-crustal sea (a plausible scenario, as the afterword notes) which slowly discharges into the Earth's oceans, gradually drowning the continents. The author follows several groups of refugees as they scramble from one sinking patch of high ground to another, enduring mega-storms, inundated cities, and increasingly savage conflict between desperate survivors. (One of the more brutal remnant ...more
Aug 27, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Aug 03, 2009 edifanob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2009-reads
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
Nov 03, 2009 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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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
Bookmarks Magazine

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

Dec 16, 2012 Joell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Naomi Styles
Mar 22, 2010 Naomi Styles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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