- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (9 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575084820
- ISBN-13: 978-0575084827
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 18 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flood Paperback – 9 Jul 2009
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"A largely old-fashioned disaster tale presented with spectacle and efficient pacing."
"A gripping near-future allegory of global warming."
"Bold, compassionate, exhilarating, wrenching stuff."
-Niall Harrison, Internet Review of Science Fiction --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Terry Pratchett's co-author on the Long Earth books comes the ultimate disaster novel - the world is drowning and there is nowhere left on earth to go.See all Product Description
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The narrative moves forward by chronological increments as the world's water level increases, and continues to rise. The episodic structure suits the book perfectly - it's a neat narrative trick. Baxter provides us with a series of snapshots of important events and details the human reaction to each stage of the increase.
Nathan sets himself up as a would-be saviour of the world. He appears at pivotal points throughout the story as the sea levels rise higher and higher, and we see the impact of important events on his and/or one or more of the former hostages. Although a hard-boiled, nuts and bolts SF writer, Stephen Baxter realises that his book would be nothing if the reader weren't allowed to engage emotionally with the characters.
And even though the characterisation isn't as strong as your average mainstream writer's, it's still good enough to carry the story of the watery death of an entire planet.
If you remember back to your schooldays (a harder and harder job for some of us!) the hydrologic cycle taught us that there is not one extra drop of water now than there was at the time of creation. So where is the extra water coming from? Melting icecaps? That would only be responsible for a limited increase.Read more ›
The brilliant thing about Flood is the sheer lack of hope. For once you lose the land you lose everything. Any terrestrial species, however brilliant, is doomed from the moment the waves lap around the highest mountains. Baxter at his hard sci-fi best here, providing a plausible mechanism for an implausible catastrophe. The episodic treatment works well and the characters, although a tad cliched (the grizzled old astronaut, a brace of plucky hardbody female scientists, several annoying teenagers) are engaging enough to carry the story along.
as we progress, however, it becomes apparent that there isn't really a point to the story, except perhaps 'humans deserve it'. We don't see the human cost of suffering - we're always with the survivors, and they don't seem to spend much time thinking about anyone they've lost. Main characters are killed out of sight, and the constant influx of dozens of new characters, all given equal weight, is disorienting. The human relationships become more and more unbelievable as the story progresses, with mothers refusing to talk to their children even in this drowned world because of who they shack up with, people being passed around like objects, and allegiances changing every chapter. Most frustratingly, a lot of weight is placed mid-way through until the end on the relationship between our protagonist and one of her former hostage friends. A romantic relationship is manufactured out of thin air, and we are later informed that the middle-aged man is in fact in love with the protagonist's niece. Given that the last time we met said niece she was 16, that's a little creepy. (This also follows some other suvivalist also trying to walk off with the girl, a la '28 Days Later').Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This as an end of the world book is amazing in its own right. It's detailed and descriptive with a pace fast enough to feel incredibly logical. Read morePublished 25 days ago by loubest87
If I could give this 6 stars I would do so! Stephen Baxter is extremely readable, and you can almost imagine the scenario he describes actually playing out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay-Jay
I've read several Baxter books, and he's an author I just don't like - a good ideas man, but not a good writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SG
If you like sci-fi and apocalyptic fiction then this is awesome.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like some of Stephen Baxter's work but this book, for me is a bit too long. The story explores the consequences of a catastrophic flood on the earth, but centres primarily around... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Jason C. Cole
started off okay, then by the last 10 chapters oh how i struggled.Published 6 months ago by Mr. Iain A. Morrison
Appallingly dull. I got to about 80% of the way through and couldn't be bothered to read the rest. I honestly didn't care what happened to any of the characters. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Houghton
What happens if subterranean oceans decide to bubble up and start flooding the planet, yeah right. Bonkers idea, but Baxter is a scientist, so he manages to come up with a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story. Not the best author, found myself constantly correcting the authors use of English.Published 9 months ago by LOR