After the Flood
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 ...more
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"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 ...more
I am personally addicted to the pos ...more
A timely novel, climate change has been a topic much written ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I was completely captivated by the first 50 pages, but then ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more