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Flood (2008)

by Stephen Baxter

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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.
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Interesting spin on an apocalypse theme with a few scientific stretches (the rising sea level is not entirely due to global warming!) and presented as a sprawling family saga. Baxter makes an admirable attempt at showing a drowning Earth from all angles---social, geopolitical, scientific, evolutionary---while deftly avoiding the usual sermons on evil reckless Capitalism or warm fuzzy Socialism. But the results are not quite riveting enough to warrant 480 pages. Edit, edit, EDIT! ( )
  NurseBob | Mar 13, 2023 |
I really liked this book at first, then it just seemed to drag on and on. Had to put it down to finish another day about 1/2 way through.
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  panamamama | Aug 2, 2022 |
Focused on climate change and the danger the world is in if it isn't addressed, this book follows a few people as they struggle to cope with the oncoming crisis of biblical proportions. Water levels are rising and dry land is becoming a commodity for all remaining living people.

A speculative fiction where the author imagines a dystopic future of migrant millions living in fear of rising flood waters which serve as a restoring agent to balance the world after humans have destroyed it.

Some soapboxing but still action-filled. ( )
  The_Literary_Jedi | Jun 13, 2021 |
This book was very up and down for me, at times it was fast-paced, exciting and interesting and at others it was very dull. The inhuman apathy toward anyone who wasn't immediately related to Lily and Nathan was rather horrifying. It's quite beyond belief that as everyone else dies, often rather suddenly, Lily is left alive through a serious of privileged escapes. ( )
  zacchaeus | Dec 26, 2020 |
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 |
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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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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.

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