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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  411 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A world in tatters. A society where rebellion is not tolerated. A girl desperate to discover the truth.

Sixteen year old Quin lives in The Beck, a saviour society. Her community has risen from the ruins of a land shattered by Mother Nature. But Beck law is tough. Quin knows that the rules must be followed in order to sustain life in a place where floodwaters constantly th
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published August 20th 2017 by Clare Littlemore
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Kristen G Yes, but slightly less than book one of the hunger games. And definitely more awkward since apparently in this society, nobody learns about the birds …moreYes, but slightly less than book one of the hunger games. And definitely more awkward since apparently in this society, nobody learns about the birds and the bees as children.(less)
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Jennifer Leigh
Flow is a slow start but quick ending book. It shows you a new dystopian society where following the rules is everything. I like reading about The Beck and the way it operates. Some of the characters were very pleasing and I enjoyed reading about them. Others were a bit whiny and not my favorite. Of course, they do balance out eventually. The book is quite repetitive which makes the pacing of the book seem a bit slow. The cliffhanger ending, though, makes me yearn for the next part of Quin’s jou ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A captivating, fast-paced, easy 5-star read! I was literally hooked from the second chapter, or was it the first?
It gave me Divergent vibes, and some Delirium vibes as well.

“How could we exist in a place where human life was given so little respect?”

Sixteen year old Quin lives in The Beck. A saviour society, where there’s the constant threat of floodwaters destroying everything. It’s harsh, with so many rules and regulations, there’s no place for sympathy. Everything is controlled.
The Beck
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Welcome to The Beck, a strict-coded society with law-abiding citizens.

Ok, I literally needed to stare blankly at the final page of the book before comprehending what happened.

When reading a debut novel, you may not be expecting much. After all, writers get better and better as they keep writing. The Flow was a pleasant surprise, for even though it’s Clare Littlemore’s debut novel, it was still captivating, thrilling and alluring. This novel had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I co
K.S. Marsden
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quin accepts her poor conditions in The Beck, but when a chance of promotion arises, she learns there is far more to her world than she knew.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Quin has been raised with a single duty, to do her part in keeping The Beck community alive.
Alongside her best friends Cass and Harper, Quin slaves in the fields, with little food and strict rules that ban talking and any physical contact with other citizens. It is a harsh way of life, but it has been
Nada Hosny
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do not Judge this book by its cover.

How could we exist in a place where human life was given so little respect?

The Book is told from Quinn POV. ( i love reading a first person POV)

Quinn, sixteen years old, living in The Beck. A harsh society, so many rules, and regulation and no rebellion is tolerated. It's divided into section, agriculture, sustenance, Development, Patrol, etc. No one get to choose which section they get assigned to, you just gotta work and blend in. But as Quinn, starts le
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
“We have to do things we hate just to survive here. You can’t be sentimental.”

The story follows sixteen-year-old Quin lives in The Beck. The Beck has risen from the ruins of a land destroyed by floodwaters. It is a saviour society set up by a group of people who want to re-establish order. Floodwaters constantly threaten existence in the Beck, so citizens must follow the rules to sustain life in the extremely dangerous conditions. However, the rules are very strict and if they don’t follow them,
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I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from the author.

Book review: Flow (Flow #1) by Clare Littlemore (3 stars)

“There was only one thing I knew for certain about Clearance. No one ever came back.”

Title: Flow (Flow #1)
Author: Clare Littlemore
Format: Kindle (Review copy)
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance, Mystery
Rating: 3/5 stars
[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

A world in tatters. A society where rebellion is not tolerated. A girl desperate to discover the truth. 

Lola Et La Vie
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I sped through this novel, written from the point of view of a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in a community called The Beck. Her world is constantly threatened by floods and she has never known anything else but the Lower Beck, the area she works in. Until she gets reassigned.

This is a very well written gripping story. I got into it very quickly and was with Quin every part of the way as she learned more about The Beck. The author's writing style is perfect for this tale; clear and to the poi
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book does not seem as good as it was at first, but after reading it I can find its own charm.

The reason why I gave three stars just because this book is not the type I like. Too much detail and although Quinn is a pretty good character in narration, I can't 'go' into it. I was more concerned with the secrets that The Beck had hidden than her feelings.

But, again--as I said before--this book has its own charm. Especially the mixture of vibration from divergent and delirium, the word building
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as read-for-review
*I received an ecopy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

I love when I can tell I'm in for a treat when I start a new series. This is one of those! It has some Divergent vibes, but stands well on it's own, and I loved meeting the new characters, and seeing how the world was set up. I enjoyed the fast-pace and surprising twists, and can't wait to read more of this series! I love this genre, but it wasn't until lately that I've found more than one or two that I can actually say I love
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, ya, dystopian
Well written and enjoyable. I'll be getting book 2. ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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We have to do things we hate just to survive here. You can’t be sentimental.

You know that feeling when you read a really good book and all you can do is just squeal in delight? That’s what’s happening wit
Amanda Hall
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those who liked Divergent or the Host
Shelves: reviewed, dnf
This is very well-written, I will say that. I did at least enjoy the prose and strength of the narrative and in the beginning, Quin was easy to follow along with. And it's a very bleak, depressing read, which is typical of dystopia, I suppose. Where it lost me is the details of the world-building and Quin's irrational point of view. Obviously, we're getting everything from her perspective, so, the potential for her to be unreliable is increased in that way. But right around the third quarter of ...more
Brianna Remus
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Review: To start off, I'd like to mention that I am not one who typically enjoys a slow start. I much prefer for books to take off rather quickly because I tend to lose interest if I am not whisked away on the journey from the very beginning. Therefore, my rating of this novel very much reflects my distaste for slow burners, but that is not to say that Flow was not expertly written with a keen eye for intrigue with a world-shattering ending...because it was. For a good one-third of the novel, we ...more
the bookish lover
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flow by Clare Littlemore
-------5/5 stars-------

My skin is tingling and my head is dizzy with delight. This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, in every sense of the word; I devoured its pages in two days (human needs got in the way). It was so captivating and engaging, even though the first couple of chapters were a bit confusing, since I needed some time to adjust to the world, aside from that, I could not put it down.

Flow is the first book in the series, the sequel; Break, came out a couple of days ago, a
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review. This is simply my opinion on the book and is not influenced by any external factor.

What an amazing story! I couldn’t put it down!

Welcome to The Beck, where your Assessment performance determines how you live your life. If you do well, you can work in the Upper Beck where you are fed well and are allowed some recreation. If you work in the Lower Beck, expect smaller rations, no time to make friends, and very demanding work. Each sector h
Andy N
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great, fresh novel with a gripping storyline that is on the level of Hunger Games.

Welcome to The Beck, a society divided into several sectors: Agriculture, Sustenance, Development, amongst others. In the Assessment, everyone gets assigned to their factors or, if they fail, sent to the Clearance, the darkest place in The Beck. Life there is very simple: follow the rules, always obey your orders. One infraction and you’re sent to the Clearance. Governed by tight laws and regulations, everything
Sara Taylor
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flow by Clare Littlemore

This novel is about a girl named Quin who lives in a dystopian society called The Beck. The story focuses on her struggling to survive in the strict society and discovering more about the ways it works, finally discovering its darkest secret.

The story begins with her working in Agric, a group that is responsible for cultivating the food for the entire society, with her two best friends, Harper and Cass. We are shown the strict requirements for maintaining a role as a prod
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Flow was an interesting read. Quin was a rather enjoyable POV to read from, and it's only her POV through the entire book. She's intelligent, strong in many ways, curious (dangerously so), but also kept intentionally ignorant of most anything that she doesn't absolutely have to know to work. Males and females are kept seperate as much as possible. When one is 14 they are assigned to their "pod" which is the group you work and live with, along with an overseer (a.k.a. Super). The Governence of Th ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Flow is a dystopian novel set in a world affected seemingly by the climate. The Beck is a settlement with strict rules governing society. Rules are necessary to ensure the safety and security of the citizens. Everything is governed - live stock, food production, even the birth of future citizens. A vast wall surrounds The Beck protecting it from the flood waters that frequently threaten the community.

Following Quinn, we learn about the difficulties of life in The Beck. Though it might be a sanct
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Page-turner of a book! Welcome to the world of the flooded future, where the competition is fierce for livable land. I loved the main character. Quin is at once, determined, outspoken, and frighteningly naive. She lives in the Beck, a walled-in world where everything is controlled and everyone has their job to do to ensure the survival of the Beck. All aspects of life are controlled, including birth, child-rearing, and the duty one performs for the Beck.

The story opens on a special day, when eac
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful debut novel by Littlemore! I truly was impressed with the character development, and reveals throughout the story. I loved to see the tight friendship of youth and the growth of Quin to see that everything that she has been told isn't the truth and how to reconcile that within herself. Quin works in the agriculture sector of the Beck and at the semi-annual testing she is transferred to patrol. In patrol she learns that the food that she has worked tirelessly to cultivate isn ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Flow in exchange for an honest review. I love dystopian worlds and this one was no different! For fans of Teri Terry and Neal Shusterman, Clare Littlemore builds a society that you are disturbed by, would fear if you were apart of and intrigued by all at the same time. In this society you are separated by your roles. You are tested consistently to make sure you are serving the greater purpose and are fit and healthy to contribute, you can be moved to another area (promotion ...more
Alison Ingleby
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to The Beck: where the strong survive and the weak end up in the ominously sounding "Clearance".

Flow is one of my favourite dystopian novels that I've read in the past year. The setting - a society surrounded by water - is vividly and concisely described, the plot is intriguing and, while the final plot twist wasn't a total surprise, the build to the climax kept you turning the pages. The characters are likeable, believable and most importantly, not annoying. It felt like the resolution
Kasia Lasinska
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A world in tatters. A society where rebellion is not tolerated. A girl desperate to discover the truth."

Flow is a solid read, perfect for fans of the YA dystopian genre!

I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and learning about The Beck, bit by bit, together with Quin. I also really loved how complicated and layered the characters were - human, in a nutshell. Cam is my favourite character by far!

While it's a slow start, the pace picks up by the middle of the book. I found myself turning the pages, w
Candy Robosky
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Flow, a Young adult dystopian book, follows Quin as she tries to learn more about her society while a,so figuring out where she fits in The Beck. Quin has worked agricultural for 2 years and has managed to make a couple of close friends in a society that discourages attachments or anything personal. Quin on a whim answers a new question on assessment day opening up a whole new realm of possibilities as well as a whole Pandora's box of problems for her to figure out. Littlemore does a great job o ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Flow is a novel set in a dystopian world.
It had reminded me a lot of The Maze Runner and Divergent, which was great cause I loved those series even though I’m not really a big dystopian fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had all the right elements to hook you: Kick ass protagonist, drool worthy guy, lovable characters, shocking is-this-really-happening moments. One scene that stuck with me was the water scene, I was horrified
Blaire Hammond
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Flow by Clare Littlemore Spoiler Free Review.

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.*

What a ride that was!!! Despite the slow start to this story, it was seriously a fast paced and action packed novel! I didn't know too much what to expect when going into this book, but man, was I blown away! I was addicted from the get go and could barely put the book down.

I ended up giving this a 4 out of five stars. The world was different and interesting and the story itself
Elizabeth Jane
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It was...ok...

I honestly only continued reading to see the big secret about Clearance. It wasn't as shocking as I expected. Maybe I've read too many other dystopian novels with tougher spines? I don't know. The writing as a whole was a bit amateur as well. The author talked "at you" rather than clearly explaining concepts in descriptive and cohesive blurbs. For example, "Quin felt this because" rather than describing a scene and then relating Quin's obvious emotion afterward. "Davis" was spelled
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
There is a lot of potential here. The storyline is intriguing and contains likable characters. The over use of realise (realize to us American English) had me rolling my eyes. Once you got past that there was a decent story line.

A dystopian world almost destroyed by flood rebuilds with a harsh dictatorship government that rules its citizens for the good of the community. While the citizens believe the harsh conditions and lack of proper food portions are appropriated fairly amongst all its peop
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Clare Littlemore is a young adult dystopian and sci-fi author who thrives on fictionally destroying the world in as many ways as she possibly can.

She was born in Durham, in the UK. Her parents were both teachers, and she grew up in a world surrounded by books. She has worked for most of her life as a teacher of English at various high schools in England, where she has shared her passion for books

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