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Flood by Stephen Baxter

Flood (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Stephen Baxter

Series: Flood (1)

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Four hostages are finally released, but they face a world suddenly inundated as vast amounts of water is released from the earth's mantle. As the world's cities and countries disappear under the rising seas, humanity faces unimaginable global disaster.
Authors:Stephen Baxter
Info:Gollancz (2008), Paperback, 480 pages
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Flood by Stephen Baxter (2008)

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What you'd expect from Baxter. A long and solid read backed by some theory you may never have heard of ... This time prompting a global flood. Some but bits are slow, and a few plot devices like the group of hostages seem slightly unnecessary or underdeveloped, but overall, a good book, and I'm on to the next in the series! ( )
  Mactastik | Sep 4, 2019 |
The idea of a world-wide flood was captivating but the execution was less than satisfying. Mr. Baxter never gives any kind of satisfying explanation for the flooding and his characterization is wooden. I was intrigued by the idea of how the earth would change as the sea level rose, but at the same time cared very little about the people in his book. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Nov 24, 2018 |
Got better as it went along, sweeping story though so how much can you describe.
Will carry on with the Ark and see how it goes. ( )
  Rationalspin | Feb 13, 2018 |
An extreme look at rising water levels and their effect on society. While grounded in sci-fi, the story is so inconceivable that it borders on the fantastical. An extremely long story arc and the slow pacing led to this being a difficult read, but the strength of the story kept my interest. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
The world expels deep water and drowns all of the dry land. ( )
  jefware | Sep 8, 2016 |
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In an engrossing, daring and occasionally overambitious novel, Baxter (Weaver) narrates the final 42 years of dry land on earth. Four political hostages are freed in Barcelona in 2016, and their stories through the years show the attempts to save the planet even as rapidly rising ocean levels wipe out major cities. USAF Capt. Lily Brooke works with billionaire Nathan Lammockson to build a haven, while oceanographer Thandie Jones attempts to determine the causes of the flooding. Baxter skips ahead years at a time, often eliding major conflict resolutions, character development and deaths; this choice disrupts the storytelling but smartly underscores the isolation in which the characters often operate. Readers who push through will be rewarded with a fascinating apocalyptic vision—but little resolution—a nice setup for a sequel.
Most of the comments about Flood could have made about nearly any hard science fiction novel: cool science, mediocre characters. But anyone who has read a novel by Baxter (or Arthur C. Clarke, to whom he is often compared) will already be expecting these characteristics from the genre. Reviewers indicated that Flood was an engaging novel despite these expected limitations and that at times, it even overcame them. But when critics were left in awe, it was never from a character’s actions but from the setting, a world gradually coming to understand that it is doomed to drown. Baxter will continue this story in Ark, due out in 2009.

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