Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “After the Flood” as Want to Read:
After the Flood
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

After the Flood

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,573 ratings  ·  955 reviews
An inventive and riveting epic saga, After the Flood signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

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 c
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by William Morrow
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about After the Flood, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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…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)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.77  · 
Rating details
 ·  5,573 ratings  ·  955 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of After the Flood
Chelsea Humphrey
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 among mothers, the fa/>"Children
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 addicte
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 determ
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.
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 written
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc-physical
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
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
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 pl/>(Full
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
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Waves Awesome GIF - Waves Awesome Splash GIFs

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 didn't
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?
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 th/>/>Actual
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
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 about peoples' ...more
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 with
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
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,
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 s
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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok

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 wa
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 pag
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 sc
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

There couldn’t be a more relevant reflection into the environmental future than AFTER THE FLOOD. It’s written in a time and place where the world is flooded. The worst had happened and this was about life through the lens of a mother and daughter.

Myra was the main character, a mother of two, a reluctant spouse and a survivor. Myra was one of the most quietly strong women I have ever read about. She was single-minded in her need to survive, protect and search, so
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. Whe
I received this book from Goodreads.

It's about damn time a decent Post Apocalyptic hit the shelves.

After the Flood is suspenseful, evocative, atmospheric, emotional, and heartbreaking. In a menacing prediction of the nonfiction kind, Kassandra Montag gives us a ominous fictional look at a world of rising sea levels, resource scarcity, the fall of co
Sep 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Giveaway win!
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 rage or fear or grief, something all sharp corners i“Somewouldreading
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I am not the shards of a broken glass, but the water let loose from it. The uncontainable thing that will not shatter and stay broken.”

I loved Kassandra Montag’s debut novel. While it is another book about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world it went so much deeper than that. It’s about clinging to the smallest bit of hope you can find in the most desolate of times and not letting go. It’s about love, loss, grief and the ever present question is there such a thing as salvation and if so, how
Crystal W
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. I wanted to love this book. Post apocalyptic? Yes please! Mother / daughter relationships? Yay! Survivalist stuff? Even better!

One page in and I was desperate to see if I was correct regarding this author’s degree. So I flipped to the back cover. I was... Anyone with an English degree sorely misses the creative aspects in writing eloquently, let alone writing well enough for seasoned readers to want to read his or her book.

Too many passive references and not enough info for me.
This would make a great TV show. Waterworld done right, this story is set 100 years in the future where the ice caps have melted and the world is covered in water. Continents have been replaced with small islands. All technology has ceased working. Entire villages are wiped out by disease. Many people have live on boats and survive on what they can find.

Myra, along with her young daughter Pearl, sails around what's left of North America searching for her eldest daughter Row. Taken by her father eight year
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Nobody People
  • We Love Anderson Cooper
  • The Confession
  • The Sisters of Summit Avenue
  • Ellie and the Harpmaker
  • Unbreak Me
  • I'm Not Dying with You Tonight
  • Darling Rose Gold
  • Love, Heather
  • The Wayward Girls
  • Caging Skies
  • The Remaking
  • Toil & Trouble
  • Full Throttle
  • Goodnight Stranger
  • The Long Flight Home
  • The Widow of Rose House
  • We Are Lost and Found
See similar books…
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
“I knew it was sometimes easier to love ghosts than the people who were around you. Ghosts could be perfect, frozen beyond time, beyond reality, the crystal form they’d never been before, the person you needed them to be.” 4 likes
“I have faith," she had said. "But only for every minute out of a hundred. So I act on that one moment even when I'm not in it.” 3 likes
More quotes…