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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Kara and Joe spend their days navigating the perilous waterways of a sunken city, scratching out a living in the ruins. But when they come into possession of a mysterious map, they find themselves in a world of trouble. Suddenly everyone’s after them: gangsters, cops and ruthless Mariner pirates in their hi-tech submarines. The two children must find a way to fight back be ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Nosy Crow
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Mr Pink ink
In a dystopian world, of a future that seems very possible, the world has drowned and only small portions of land remain. Most of London is now underwater and only a wall separates the sea from swallowing the city entirely - here, it's every man for himself...

Kara and Joe live in the slums and all they want to do is earn a little money for food and a little to put away so they can go to Canada someday, but they get dragged into a web of deceit and uncover a plot to destroy the city.

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Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Floodworld was my first experience of Tom Huddlestone and he certainly knows his way around crafting an imposing, enthralling, intricately detailed dystopian world. You're always off to a winner when you get a mini-map of the world provided, love that. The tone, mood and general aura of the writing married perfectly well with his futuristic London environment. Add that to his luxurious use of language and colourful, vivid detail and you're in for a thrilling ride. I think this book would be acce ...more
David Barker
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story too wet your appetite

A gripping adventure about Kara and Joe, set in a flooded world of haves and have-nots. Plenty of drama, twists and full of well-rounded, entertaining characters. Like Kin Stanley Robinson's New York 2140, Tom Huddleston does a great job of portraying a fully-fledged socio-economic world for our heroes, but it never gets in the way of a dark, exciting tale. Looking forward to the sequel already.
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
A thrilling futuristic adventure, set in a world almost destroyed by climate change. While I found Kara occasionally abrasive, I liked her kick ass, no nonsense attitude, and she’s nicely balanced out by the more optimistic (if naive) Joe, and later Nate. The world building here is excellent and I could easily imagine a half-drowned London. Looking forward to Book 2.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun and thought-provoking

This adventure story may be set in the future, but I thought it said a lot about the world of today. It's the story of Kara and Joe, two children trying to survive in a flooded future version of London, after the seas have risen. It's entertaining and full of action, but it's also a great way to address the issue of climate change with kids.

Highly recommend.
Daisy Brown
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Floodworld is a fast-paced and exciting book that leaves you wanting to read more. The characters are vivid and you get to like them a lot. I think this book is very thought provoking about the impacts of global warming and the rich poor divide in society which was great. Overall I really enjoyed reading Floodworld and I would definitely recommend it to anyone over the age of 9!
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Huddleston has has created a near future world so believable that it feels with our grasp to change what happens next in ours . A great adventure that has captured the imagination of my reluctant reader nephew . I’ll be slinging copies of this book to many this Christmas
Lindsey Bowden
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always been fascinated with the idea of a flooded world and underwater cities so this was right up my street. Tom Huddleston has done a wonderful job in creating a new world in this book. He writes with a fun flair, really giving you the picture of the Floodworld in your mind as you read. The pacing is good and the characters very well developed. All in all I recommend the book and hope to read a sequel one day!
Martin Wilson
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 10 year-old son loved this, and keeps asking when the next book in the series will be released. It’s a pretty good read for adults too - I enjoyed it.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this as I really liked his previous novel ‘The Waking World’. I wasn’t disappointed, and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
camilla cole
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Makes me wish I was a kid again! If you have a young relative I can highly advise this as a gift- such a thrilling adventure story. I loved the characters and never wanted it to end.
Alastair Chisholm
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a cracking dystopian thriller in full blockbuster style! Floodworld is set in a world reeling from eco-disaster, society has splintered and everyone is clinging on to life (except for the blessed one-percenters, living in comfort behind flood walls …), and follows Kara and Joe as they try to survive feral gangs, corrupt police and terrorists who may or may not be freedom fighters … The book pulls no punches and has some fantastically exciting scenes, and most of the adults are morally am ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!
Scott Eastlick
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully imagined story told with a style of prose akin to riding a bicycle downhill. A great read for its intended audience, with multiple bones being thrown towards older readers too. Highly recommended.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thrilling dystopian adventure, full review here: ...more
Rosie Greatorex
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! It's a climate-change dystopia for kids, but with an almost Blade Runner cityscape which adult readers are going to really get immersed in. For me it definitely worked on both those levels. I fell in love with the whole cast of characters, as well as getting swept up in the action.. and couldn’t help seeing this on the cinema screen as I was reading it, it's so visual. If you enjoy the scale and emotion of NK Jemisin this is one for you, for sure. It definitely reads younger than t ...more
A Severs
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reminded me a little of Philip Reeve's stuff - especially Infernal Devices where some of the action is set in the water. I started this a while back and then didn't get on with reading it - once I picked it back up again the action really got going. However, I found there weren't enough ups to balance the downs - true to life (if that's possible in a apocalyptic future world) perhaps, but not as easy to read. ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The scary thing about this book is that it could come true! It's set in a world where the sea has risen and much of London and the rest of the world has flooded. This of course brings out the worst in people (and sometimes the best too...) ...more
Graine Milner
Apr 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Dystopian novel set in a futuristic London which is largely underwater. Our main characters, Kara and Joe, live in the shanties; Joe's a 'beef' - someone who dives for treasures. They're orphans, poor and longing for a way out - they can't think beyond their next meal - until Joe, surfacing from a dive, is almost killed by a Mariner on a jetski. The Mariner swerves to avoid Joe and dies; his last words "I'm sorry" accompany a strange drawing that he gives to Joe. And so Joe and Kara are propelle ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
In his debut novel, Tom Huddleston introduces the dystopian world of Floodworld, and more specifically the characters Kara and Joe, who are forced to go on the run when a mysterious map falls into their possession. I really liked Kara and her strength as a character was definitely my favourite thing about the book, and I loved the side that her relationship with Joe brought out in her as well. I also found the idea of this world in itself an interesting one to explore. However, I found the speci ...more
Josie Jaffrey
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the setting and the story of this book, but it seems to me that it falls in weird MG/YA hybrid place. The language and story are MG (very black and white: baddies are baddies without much complexity), but the subject matter felt much older at times (a lot of people die or are injured in quite graphic ways, and they roast a cat, which I hated).
That stuck-in-the-middle feeling persisted in the tone of the book - I was never quite sure if I was in a rollicking adventure story or a creepy
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun and one I could definitely see making an excellent movie one day.
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I'm Tom Huddleston, author of adventure stories like FLOODWORLD and its sequel DUSTROAD, plus several episodes in the WARHAMMER ADVENTURES and STAR WARS: ADVENTURES IN WILD SPACE series.

I also write about film and TV for publications including Time Out, the BFI and The Guardian, and I sing in a folk-rock band called The No Sorrows.

I was born in Kendal and raised in North Yorkshire, though I now l

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