After the Flood
3.5 / 5 🌟
I like to write my reviews as soon as I finish a book. Yet, I set this one aside for a few days. Honestly, I just didn’t know how I felt. Discussing it within our buddy read group helped a lot; I saw how others enjoyed certain aspects of the story or how specific characters affected them. Ultimately though, I had to decide how this book affected me.
The story takes place one hundred years in the future after the earth has been flooded. Only a few mountain top island harbors remain. We follow Myra, with her seven-year-old daughter Pearl, on a quest to find her daughter Row who was taken by her father when the floodwaters were approaching. Sailing in a boat her grandfather had built, Myra has made finding Row her sole purpose, even if it puts Pearl’s life in danger.
And this new submerged world is full of dangers. There are Raiders who are trying to set up new civilizations, but only on their brutal terms. Food is scarce, storms at sea are common, and Myra doesn’t know who she can trust.
My initial thoughts were that the story was a bit slow, and I really didn’t connect with the characters. Being that I am a character-driven reader that was hard for me. Myra seemed self-centered and deceptive. But then I thought, being a mother of two, if one of my kids were out there wouldn’t I do everything possible to find them?
My heart went out to Pearl – isn’t this usually the case, the children get caught in the undertow of the adult’s decisions. I would have liked the ending to be a little less predictable, perhaps. Sure, there are certain things here to explore and unpack, but is this the great adventure I was hoping it to be, not quite.