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After the Flood (2019)

av Kassandra Montag

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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-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.… (mer)
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The author did a spectacular job describing the water laden landscape and the remaining settlements. (Although it was hard for me not to actively think of the movie “Waterworld”) I did have trouble with the boating terms, but a quick Google search helped me to understand them better. Montag also honestly portrayed Myra as not only a grieving mother but as a survivor. As a mother myself, I felt Myra’s anguish and hope alongside her, and the desperation and despair she felt when she was besieged by a setback. I often reflected on Myra’s actions and choices, and what I would do if I was in the same position. ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 9, 2021 |
In this post-apocalyptic story, rising seas have submerged most of the United States, and presumably the rest of the world's livable land. The survivors are forced to either subsist in small villages on the remaining high peaks that are still above water or live on the sea. Myra and her young daughter, Pearl, have a small boat from which they fish and trade. Pearl captures snakes, one of the remaining living animals, and keeps them as pets. Then Myra learns a piece of news that sends her on a desperate mission, dragging Pearl in her wake. Of course, there are all the dangers of being at sea: storms, hidden rocks, pirates. It's a pretty bleak world where there just isn't enough room for everyone. It just seems like this world had no hope for it--and yes, it did remind me of Waterworld. Myra's first-person narration sometimes came across as flat and mechanical, and probably the book goes on a bit too long. But I thought she, Pearl, and the supporting characters were presented well, as flawed, fully rounded people who don't always make the best choices and are trying to not just survive but build lives under impossible circumstances. Maybe I'd better avoid post-apocalyptic fiction for a while (although I have so many more on my TBR). ( )
  sturlington | Apr 16, 2021 |
The premise of this book is intriguing, but there were so many holes in how this world works and the main character was unlikable with no depth. ( )
  thereserose5 | Mar 3, 2021 |
Myra and her seven year old daughter Pearl have lived alone on a small boat since the global floods drove them out of their Nebraska home seven years ago. A Chance encounter with a raider on land leads to information that her older daughter Row, who was kidnapped by her father just before the floods came, might me alive and captive in a valley in the North. They embark on a quest to get to the valley, meeting an interesting cast of characters both good and bad as they try to survive in a post apocalyptic flood. Great world building and interesting characters drove the story forward as Myra tries to balance protecting Pearl with getting to Row. I received a free ARC of this novel from the publisher.
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  SteveKey | Jan 8, 2021 |
I tend to avoid dystopian climate fiction (cli-fi) because I already have an anxiety disorder. But because this book was selected for 2020 Omaha Reads, I picked it up right away.

I'm glad this book was selected for Omaha Reads. In fact, I voted for it. The author is from rural Nebraska and currently lives in Omaha. She wrote this book before the historic, devastating Nebraska flooding of March 2019 that submerged parts of the Omaha metro area and the rural communities surrounding it. And now, amidst a global pandemic, this book was meant for our community to read.

In the not-so-distant future, a ravenous 100-year-flood submerges Earth and its jurisdictions as we know it. The only land forms are islands that were once mountain peaks — the water is that high. With borders and their governments erased, raider ships lurk the endless sea to colonize whatever and whomever is on the horizon.

I was often frustrated with our protagonist, Myra, who is stubborn and, at times, selfish. But that was probably the point; I, for one, would not be able to survive and think clearly under such stressful conditions, not to mention care for a young child at sea. When everyone is fighting for survival, there is no trust.

I'm looking forward to the Omaha Public Library's virtual book talk with the author. It's been a while since I've read an action-packed novel that keeps me up at night, turning the pages. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
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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-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

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