7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Could have been great,
This review is from: Flood (Paperback)
The book doesn't live up to the great premise and indeed after a good opening third it kind of meanders to a so-so conclusion. I'm a fan of Baxter's and am familiar with his unsympathetic characters. In this book however the principal character (Lily) is dull. Merely an observer of events. I was expecting a book full of harrowing scenes (War, plague, famine etc) but instead we get the passive characters meeting up every now and again to infodump how high the water is and what landmark has now been drowned beneath the sea. Most of the principle characters are sheltered under the wing of a visionary billionaire and so get to ride out the flood in relative comfort while the rest of humanity goes down the plug hole. The best thing about the book is the maps showing the diminishing continents as the waters rise. The book is still worth a read but could have been so much better.
The sequel - Ark - looks promising and again the protagonists are women. 3 of them. Come on Baxter! Give us a break. Do you not think you're overdoing it a bit with all the strong sensible female heroes and weak, ineffective, greedy, and puffed up males? It's all a bit too BBC.