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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-ye
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ebook, 448 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by William Morrow
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Nicki She doesn't really discuss it at all. In fact, I had a hard time "believing" the flood happened as quickly and dramatically as the books says - a dam …moreShe doesn't really discuss it at all. In fact, I had a hard time "believing" the flood happened as quickly and dramatically as the books says - a dam broke? A dam that spanned the entire width of the state, because Nebraska is nothing but flat. I didn't want her to harp on it either, but I found her little explanation unconvincing and unscientific.(less)
Emma Well you need a lot of resources in order to maintain all of those things. Spare parts and wires etc. they may last a few years but after a while thin…moreWell you need a lot of resources in order to maintain all of those things. Spare parts and wires etc. they may last a few years but after a while things will start to break down and there wouldn’t be any way to fix them. Especially if you are constantly in water.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie Rosenblit
Happy Pub Day!!!

"Children think we make them, but we don't. They exist somewhere else, before us, before time. They come into the world and make us. They make us by breaking us first."

After sitting on this review for a couple of days, I realize I'm no closer to finding the proper words to describe how much I adore Kassandra Montag's debut novel, After the Flood. I'm basking in the afterglow of emotion the narrative provides, and while I feel this novel will find a level of appreciation highest a
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hey, my new nickname is FOUCAULT PENDELUM after finishing this book because when it came to give the stars, I started swing back and forth between THREE AND FOUR, THREE AND FOUR… Oh, this churning in my stomach would have killed me! I should have eaten something strong! Best choice was meeting in the middle. THREE POINT FIVE! Rounded up or down? UP OR DOWN! So you may call me SEESAW now! Okay, I gave my decision before throwing up: ROUNDED UP FOUR STARS…TA…TA…

I am personally addicted to the pos
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Charlotte May
"From the water we came and to the water we will return, our lungs always hungering for air, but our hearts beating like waves."

I really enjoyed this novel based on what the world could be like when sea levels rise and the Earth begins flooding. People are fleeing inland, or building boats and taking to the high seas.

We follow Myra and pearl, and soon after, Daniel; on their small boat. Myra's oldest daughter Row was taken by her husband and Row's father - Jacob, and Myra is determined to find
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Diane S ☔
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
It has happened. The climate change the scientists have been warning us about for years. The incessant rain has eliminated all our coastal cities. Climate refugees are heading for the middle of the country. Soon though even those cities will be covered with water. Myra and her daughter live in the boat her grandfather built for them before he died. She is searching for the daughter her husband had left with, when the water kept rising..

A timely novel, climate change has been a topic much writte
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etherealfire
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway; many thanks to the publisher, author and Goodreads for this opportunity. This was a gut-wrenching read full of compelling, desperate, broken characters grappling with overwhelming grief and various personal traumas while having to dig deep to survive in an unforgiving post-apocalyptic, nightmarish world. I won't soon forget Myra, Pearl, Daniel or the crew of the Sedna or the bleak world they dare to hope can be remade.
Berit☀️✨
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
Kassandra Montag’s debut was evocative, raw, and atmospheric. It is 100 years in the future and the world has flooded, the only habitable land are the mountain peaks. Myra and her daughter Pearl are living in a boat endlessly searching for the daughter she has lost. A violent encounter with a “raider“ leads her to believe that her daughter truly still is alive, but is far away in the north, and the journey to get there is treacherous. Myra is a fierce mama bear and nothing is going to stop her! ...more
mad mags
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
A promising premise that does not deliver.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, suicide, and drug use.)

This is how the water takes us.


DNF at 76%.

Thirty-something Myra lives in a future that could one day very well be our own. Flooding fueled by climate change gradually claimed the coasts before she was born; and, when she just a young woman, the Hundred Year flood reached her doorstep - the plains of Nebr
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Larry H
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"When I think of those days, of losing the people I've loved, I think of how my loneliness deepened, like being lowered into a well, water rising around me as I clawed at the stone walls, reaching for sunlight. How you get used to being at the bottom of a well. How you wouldn't recognize a rope if it was thrown down to you."

This book was utterly amazing. Beautifully written, bleak, tremendously poignant, and full of lyrical imagery and memorable characters, it is hard to believe that After th
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JanB
3.5 stars
In this remarkable debut, most of the earth is covered by water after years of devastating flooding. Livable land is minimal and raider ships, along with breeding ships, are a constant danger. Civilization has collapsed and there are no basic amenities. Myra and her daughter Pearl survive by fishing and trading for basic necessities. When Myra hears her older daughter, Row, who was taken from her 7 years ago, was seen alive in a northern community, they leave on a dangerous journey by s
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NZLisaM
You wouldn't want to be stranded at sea with this snooze-fest

Bleak, bland, and pointless!

So apparently the seafloor split, and water from beneath the earth slowly rose up, and over the next estimated 100 years, covered the world in water. But even that's wishy-washy, because even though they only lost communications – internet, TV, radio – thirteen years beforehand, there is no concrete record of exactly what occurred, and it's also unclear how much time has passed since the flood began?

For sev
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is an excellent read! I like the idea of a post apocalypse flood because, to me, it seems like there were a lot of bad weather this year that caused so much flooding in USA. I can’t help but noticed how real people are being portrayed in this story. There are good and bad people in this world right now while we have everything to live on and the same goes after post apocalypse. There are people that always want more like the raiders in this story comparing to China wanting to control s ...more
Jenna
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
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An exquisitely written novel showing the lengths one woman will go to rescue her daughter, After the Flood is set a century in the future. Climate change has caused the oceans to rise and water now covers most of the earth; only the mountain tops remain above the deep blue seas. (Let's just get this out of the way now --- A world-wide flood is impossible. There are not enough water molecules on earth for this to happen, no matter what the bible says about the Noah's Ark story. Can't happen and d
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
This one has so many glowing reviews. I've seen it called the best book of 2019, the best dystopian novel of all time, and other great things.

While I did think it was well-written and I spoke about what I saw that I did like and others liked on my blog, this was just not the right book for me. I found it not exactly sad, but definitely bleak. SUPER bleak, if I’m being honest. I struggled to pick it back up sometimes.

There are some interesting characters, though none were likable to me. That said
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Hamad
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review!

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

“I am not the shards of a broken glass, but the water let loose from it.”

🌟 This is not the type of books that I usually read but I do not regret the experience at all! It is also a little bit tricky to write a review for something out of my experience.

🌟 As the name implies, it is the story of a post-apocalyptic world where there was a flood that changed the world and hence the name of the book and the book
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Dennis
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dennis by: Chelsea Humphrey
When I stumbled across Kassandra Montag's debut novel, After the Flood , I was hesitant. I feel like 2019 is the year that killed thrillers, so authors are branching out to other genres, and dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels are popping out all over. After being told by the lovely Chelsea that this book is unputdownable, I decided to give it a go. Folks, she has never been more right in her life. Montag's debut novel is dripping with action, but it's also a beautifully tragic character study ...more
David Putnam
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an odyssey story set in a post-apocalyptic world. Myra is a strong female protagonist in a first-person point of view. The new world is covered in water with very little land and resources left. Myra goes in search of her lost daughter while trying to protect the one in her control. This story has plenty of conflict with Man/woman vs. The nature and Man/Woman vs. Man/woman. Another layer of conflict is a microcosm of societal issues. There is a smattering of romance, and tasteful sex. Th ...more
Candie
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been seeing that the reviews of this book are all over the place but personally I loved it! I am a big fan of post apocalyptic and dystopian books in general, but I loved the mother daughter relationship aspect of this one.

It has strong moral and ethical elements, especially focusing around how quickly these can change when we or someone we love are faced with survival situations and how far we will go for the ones we love. Is it okay to deceive people or put people's lives in danger if
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
The cover of this novel does not reveal the real despair hidden in these pages. As a matter of fact, the cover should have been a bit more foretelling of the treacherous disaster that awaits. So, jumping into reading and not checking the blurb first, it had me wondering at first, and later not expecting it to be what it is. Because it became so much more!

Meet Myra, mother of two girls left alone in an Alaskan (-ish) landscape fending to trade goods for basic living necessities. She's been alone
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to William Morrow for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I actually tried to read this an eternity ago... aka in September. I personally went into this searching for an apocalyptic sci-fi thriller. Though there is bits and pieces that contain that, it was more of a harrowing tale of a mother searching for her child.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great concept and very well written. It just wasn't what I was looking for in that moment and I'm not particularly interested in
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Paltia
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This begins with a mother’s worst nightmare. As she gazes out the window the mother, Myra, sees her daughter being forced into a boat while screaming no, no not without mommy. In a flash she is gone and Myra’s mission to find her begins. Myra and her 7 year old daughter Pearl depart in their small boat facing life on the floodwaters. Myra must learn fast using her intelligence, hyper vigilance and when needed, manipulation. She is plagued with anxieties. She fears Pearl might be abducted or lost ...more
Pauline
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This story is set in the future at a time when most of the Earth is covered with water.
People live high up on the mountains or on boats on the water. Food, drinking water and other goods are scarce and people barter to stay alive. There are many pirate ships and they take what they want even people to use as slaves.
Seven years before Myra's husband fled the flood taking their five year old daughter with him. Myra was left pregnant but had her parents to help her.
Now alone with her seven year ol
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Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
I don't know if I'm missing something big here or not but this book was SO BORING to me. I've heard such amazing reviews and when it came in from the library I was so excited - such a disappointment.

After the Flood follows a mom and her daughter in a dystopian world where global warming has caused the oceans to overtake most of the land. To be fair, the world Kassandra Montag's is remarkable. This is one of the greatest post-apocalyptic worlds I have ever read about. The imagery, the realness,
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Christy
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come. (Side Note: Beautiful cover!!)
Sarah
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
After the Flood is set in a world where catastrophic flooding has left behind only mountain peaks as livable land. Sometime during this flooding, a pregnant woman named Myra is forcibly separated from her daughter Row. Seven years later, we follow the story of her and her second daughter Pearl as they chase down the only lead they have to Row’s whereabouts.

First- let me say that this book was not at all what I expected. I thought it would lean more towards the literary rather than science fictio
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Laura Peden
After the Flood is a dystopian novel by debut author Kassandra Montag. The story starts a century into the future after a six-year flood.

𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙛 𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨: Pregnant Myra, her young daughter Row, and her husband, Jacob planned to sail away on a boat that her grandfather is building in the attic of their flooded home. Then one day, Jacob leaves on a motorboat with young Row without Myra. Myra and her grandfather set sail with Myra giving birth to her daughter Pearl along the way. Life reverts to bas
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Anna Luce
DNF at 50%

Usually I try not to abandon books after reaching the halfway point but reading After the Flood is turning out to be an extremely frustrating experience.
First of all Montag's writing is far too full of flowery metaphors for my liking. I kept becoming distracted by the way the narrator's heart would pound, shrink, whittle, drop, and sink. And no, these were not used to describe a heart attack.
I also quickly grew tired of phrases such as: “Some dark feeling washed over me that felt like
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Heidi
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
AFTER THE FLOOD takes place in a post-apocalyptic future (2130) when the Earth has been permanently flooded. The main character (Myra) and her eight year-old daughter (Pearl) survive by fishing from a small boat Myra’s grandfather built. Myra’s husband took their other daughter (Row), jumped in a neighbor’s boat, and abandoned her when she was heavily pregnant with Pearl. When Myra learns Row may still be alive, she sets out to find her.

I was completely captivated by the first 50 pages, but then
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Amy
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5

September is the month where I either absolutely love a book or hate it, there’s been no middle ground for me at all and guess what side After the Flood fell? I’ll give you a hint, I’m pretty sure @scaredstraightreads already blocked me 🤷‍♀️🤣

I don’t have much to say honestly, I feel like I read a different book than everyone else. I found this to be slow, boring, slightly repetitive and Myra sucked and Pearl wasn’t much better. They were an annoying duo and the ending was ridiculous. The auth
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The Captain
Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
Ahoy there mateys! I thought the world-building of this one was great fun and liked a lot of the writing style. I just couldn't stand the main character, Myra. She just seemed to make ridiculous and stupid choices. The annoyance grew too great and so I abandoned ship. Arrrr!
Susan's Reviews
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. Haunting. Myra is a survivor in an apocalyptic world. I was entranced by the day to day struggles of this new world. Myra is pregnant with her youngest daughter, Pearl, when her husband decides to abduct their daughter Row and seek shelter in another colony.
Myra burns with the need to find Row, but she does not have a boat large enough to cross the ocean to what used to be Greenland in order to search for her. Several years pass, but Myra and Peal never forget Row. When they
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Kassandra Montag grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Omaha with her husband and two sons. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature and her award-winning poetry and short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies, including Midwestern Gothic, Nebraska Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Mystery Weekly Magazine. After the Flood, her debut novel, will be published in over a dozen lan ...more

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