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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 col
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by William Morrow
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    COURAGE IS A FORCE OF NATURE.

    An inventive and riveting epic saga, After the Flood signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

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    Chelsea Humphrey
    Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Diane S ☔
    Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Larry H
    Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "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 the
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    Berit☀️✨
    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
    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 i
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    Dennis
    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 ab ...more
    Pauline
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Devyn
    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 countries and governments and the rise of mountaintop colonies and pirates, the unpredictability of humans in a crisis, impossible moral choices, and t
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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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    Laura
    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
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    Liz Barnsley
    Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    After The Flood is both beautiful and heartbreaking, a rich tapestry of emotion set against the backdrop of a gone away world.
    The post apocalyptic setting allows the author to explore a range of human feeling when every day brings new challenges, resources are short and staying alive has to be the first priority…but what then of actually living?
    The story follows Myra and daughter Pearl, on a quest to find the missing Row, taken away by her Father before Pearl was born. Along the way they will fi
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    Kelly
    Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Julie Garner
    Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, dystopian, fiction
    I received an ARC of this book.
    Futuristic view of the world after a couple of massive floods that have put coastlines and mountain ranges under water. Land is tight and most of the population live on boats, floating and trading. Life is tough for everyone and in this book we follow Myra and her daughter Pearl.
    At the core of this tale is a mothers and daughters with the question, how far would you go for your children? Myra lost her 5 year old daughter Row when her husband took Row and left, afte
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    Basic B's Guide
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    After The Flood – Thank you William Morrow Books for the free copy.

    No hex on me, I really enjoyed this one! A solid 4 stars.

    “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.”

    A unique debut set in a vast futuristic water-worl
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    Laura Rash
    Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    No bookmark needed here folks! Literally a can’t put down read that will give you all the feels including squirming in your seat wondering how this is going to go. Heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time.
    Julie
    May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. The subject really intrigued me and I started it as soon as I could. After the Flood was just as good as I hoped it would be. The story takes place in the year 2130 after a 100-year flood. The world is covered mostly by water due to climate change. There is very little land – just mountain tops with trading posts and colonies. Myra and her young daughter, Pearl, live on their small boat catching fish to eat and to trade for other resources. They ...more
    Heidi
    Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Cheryl
    Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "From the water we came and to the water we will return, our lungs always hungering for air, but our hearts beating like waves."

    It's about a century in the future and global warming has hit with a vengeance. Water covers most of the Earth, with mountaintops and islands scattered across the vast oceans.

    Pregnant Myra was deserted in rural Nebraska before it totally was underwater by her husband, who took their oldest daughter, Row, with him.

    Myra's grandfather builds a seaworthy small boat and he a
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    Lexi
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    2.75 stars. It appears as if I will be in the minority for my rating but I wasn't blown away by the story. I just couldn't connect with the main character or the story. The writing style was fine but I just didn't enjoy this read. It was boring, long and semi anticlimactic.
    David Holl
    Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    (Disclosure - I have known Kassandra for years)
    I received this copy through the Goodreads give-a-way and have been looking forward to reading it. I would also mention that this really isn't my genre. With that said...
    The story is riveting. I would describe it as tumbling down a mountain. An engaging page turning novel. Her writing style is excellent. She uses this literary tool to explore our relationships and goals. Why do we do the things that we do? Who do we trust? Why do we trust? All of th
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    Kathleen
    Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was outstanding! Yes, it's set in a future world and yes, that world is ruined and yes, people are struggling. But the author doesn't let the reader get bogged down in those details. Yes, daily life is a struggle and you are taken into that aspect of the story, but the real story is about people. The real story is about humanity. How far would you go to survive? Would you sacrifice others along the way? Would you take people with you, take them in? What would you do to find your child? Woul ...more
    Amy Farley
    May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received my copy of After The Flood for free in a Goodreads giveaway.

    Dystopian novels are one of my guilty pleasures so I expected to enjoy this one. I was not disappointed. The world after waters have risen leaving little land mass and scant resources. The protagonist and daughter add survive fishing and bartering at little towns.

    The majority of the novel occurs on the water making the ocean almost a character.

    Relationships, deceit, mother's love, desperation, pirates, gangs, death, has it al
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    Nicole Aquilina
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to @williammorrowbooks for my gifted copy! #partner

    Can you picture a world covered by water? Where cities that you once knew are submerged in the deep blue sea with only the highest mountain tops being inhabitable? I couldn’t either... until I read this book. Kassandra writes so gorgeously and vividly that I could actually feel myself experiencing the terrifying reality of these characters.

    Let’s face it. If a flood of epic proportions ever comes and we are forced to live on ships, jou
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    Audrey
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads
    3.5 Stars (May be bumped up to 4)

    The world as we know it has ended do to cataclysmic climate change causing massive floods. Myra and her daughter, Pearl, live on a small boat. Years before, right before the floods came, Myra’s husband abandoned her while she was pregnant while kidnapping her older daughter, Row. Due to various circumstances, Myra and Pearl link up with other people and then sail North, to where Row may be. At times, this book was quiet and others, suspense filled. But throughout
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    Bookphenomena (Micky)
    4.5 stars

    Great edge of my seat read and review to come for the blog.
    Brenda
    Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: goodreads-win
    Enjoyed this book about a future where most of the country is under water. People are trying to survive in a new world and a mother is searching for her young daughter.
    This was a goodreads giveaway win.
    Naomi
    May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads, fiction
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free through a Goodreads' giveaway.

    I loved this book. From the first page of the prologue to the very end, I was wrapped up in the story of Myra, a mother searching for her daughter, Row, while trying to raise and protect another daughter, Pearl, in a post-apocalyptic world. In the future they live in, the Earth has been covered mostly by the ocean, and countries and governments have collapsed. Myra and Pearl survive by sticking to the water and avoiding peop
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    Kathy
    May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I found this to be a timely book in the age of the global warming. The author provided such a descriptive narrative of the world mostly covered by the rising oceans. I was drawn in by the characters and their interactions with each other and the world around them.
    Rachel
    May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved this book from the get-go. My husband kept having to ask if I was okay because I would audibly react while reading. I cried several times, I gasped, I exclaimed--I was incredibly impressed by this debut author. Run, don't walk, to get your copy in September!!
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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