After the Flood



An Inventive And Riveting Epic Saga, After The Flood Signals The Arrival Of An Extraordinary New TalentA Little Than A Century From Now, Our World Has Been Utterly Transformed After Years Of Slowly Overtaking The Continent, Rising Floodwaters Have Obliterated America S Great Coastal Cities And Then Its Heartland, Leaving Nothing But An Archipelago Of Mountaintop Colonies Surrounded By A Deep Expanse Of Open WaterStubbornly Independent Myra And Her Precocious Seven Year Old Daughter, Pearl, Fish From Their Small Boat, The Bird, Visiting Dry Land Only To Trade For Supplies And Information In The Few Remaining Outposts Of Civilization For Seven Years, Myra Has Grieved The Loss Of Her Oldest Daughter, Row, Who Was Stolen By Her Father After A Monstrous Deluge Overtook Their Home In Nebraska Then, In A Violent Confrontation With A Stranger, Myra Suddenly Discovers That Row Was Last Seen In A Far Off Encampment Near The Artic Circle Throwing Aside Her Usual Caution, Myra And Pearl Embark On A Perilous Voyage Into The Icy Northern Seas, Hoping Against Hope That Row Will Still Be ThereOn Their Journey, Myra And Pearl Join Forces With A Larger Ship And Myra Finds Herself Bonding With Her Fellow Seekers Who Hope To Build A Safe Haven Together In This Dangerous New World But Secrets, Lust, And Betrayals Threaten Their Dream, And After Their Fortunes Take A Shocking And Bloody Turn, Myra Can No Longer Ignore The Question Of Whether Saving Row Is Worth Endangering Pearl And Her Fellow TravelersA Compulsively Readable Novel Of Dark Despair And Soaring Hope, After The Flood Is A Magnificent, Action Packed, And Sometimes Frightening Odyssey Laced With Wonder An Affecting And Wholly Original Saga Both Redemptive And AstonishingAfter the Flood

Kassandra Montag grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Omaha with her husband and two sons She holds a master s degree in English Literature and her award winning poetry and short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies, including Midwestern Gothic, Nebraska Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Mystery Weekly Magazine After the Flood, her debut novel, will be published in over a dozen languages and has been optioned for a television series.

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  • Hardcover
  • 419 pages
  • After the Flood
  • Kassandra Montag
  • English
  • 15 February 2019
  • 0062889362

10 thoughts on “After the Flood

  1. says:

    Happy Pub DayChildren think we make them, but we don t They exist somewhere else, before us, before time They come into the world and make us They make us by breaking us first After sitting on this review for a couple of days, I realize I m no closer to finding the proper words to describe how much I adore Kassandra Montag s debut novel, After the Flood I m basking in the afterglow of emotion the narrative provides, and while I feel this novel will find a level of appreciation highest a Happy Pub DayChildren think we make them, but we don t They exist somewhere else, before us, before time They come into the world and make us They make us by breaking us first After sitting on this review for a couple of days, I realize I m no closer to finding the proper words to describe how much I adore Kassandra Montag s debut novel, After the Flood I m basking in the afterglow of emotion the narrative provides, and while I feel this novel will find a level of appreciation highest among mothers, the fast paced plot captures the attention of anyone willing to give this story a shot The book is completely different than any other post apocalyptic fiction I ve read to date, yet I did receive the same sense of growing dread and compulsive page turning as experienced upon reading Bird Box, but where the latter isof a creepy, almost horror story, After the Flood lends itself to a deeper level of character exposition, without skimping on the thrilling action scenesBefore the Six Year Flood, earthquakes erupted and tsunamis struck constantly The ground itself seemed heavy with energy I d hold out my hand and feel the heat in the air like the pulse of an invisible animal On the radio we heard rumors that the seafloor had split, water from within the earth seeping into the ocean But we never knew for certain what happened, only that the water rose around us as if to swallow us up in a watery grave At heart, After the Flood is a tale about grief, a mother s love, and how that love will drive a woman to sail to the ends of the earth to find her lost child We meet a colorful, diverse cast along the way, and I respect how Montag chooses to show how, if our world flooded and we lost 95% of land mass, we would all be equalized in our desperation for survival The dynamics are ever changing as Myra and Pearl float from one group to another, and the front seat view we receive into Myra s downward spiral is an interesting case study on what happens to our moral compass once we lose the structure of society as we know itThere were times I didn t even want to be a mother, I whispered I squeezed my eyes shut and felt a hollow ache in my bones I didn t want to be responsible for other lives There were times I wished them away I had feared losing them, but there were moments that desire lurked right at the edge of that fear Set loose from them, I could give up, I told myself I could slip away into the water, no longer fighting, no longer pretending to be strong Obviously the events of After the Flood portray an extreme end of the world scenario of biblical proportions, but I found that the truths that Myra learns along this devastating journey are the same ones that you and I can apply in the real world Parenting can simultaneously be the greatest joy and the heaviest burden upon those who choose to become caregivers, and the portrayal of the level of responsibility that is present for the remainder of your life is given much consideration here As a person who has struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember, becoming a parent was a mixed bag of feelings, and I wholly appreciate the author showing what a delicate balance this job requires I highly recommend this book to fans of suspenseful literary fiction, and while it s a little heavier on the suspense than it is the literary aspects, there are enough deep, thought provoking moments that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of readersMany thanks to Jamie for providing my review copy

  2. says:

    Hey, my new nickname is FOUCAULT PENDELUM after finishing this book because when it came to give the stars, I started swing back and forth between THREE AND FOUR, THREE AND FOUR Oh, this churning in my stomach would have killed me I should have eaten something strong Best choice was meeting in the middle THREE POINT FIVE Rounded up or down UP OR DOWN So you may call me SEESAW now Okay, I gave my decision before throwing up ROUNDED UP FOUR STARS TA TA I am personally addicted to the pos Hey, my new nickname is FOUCAULT PENDELUM after finishing this book because when it came to give the stars, I started swing back and forth between THREE AND FOUR, THREE AND FOUR Oh, this churning in my stomach would have killed me I should have eaten something strong Best choice was meeting in the middle THREE POINT FIVE Rounded up or down UP OR DOWN So you may call me SEESAW now Okay, I gave my decision before throwing up ROUNDED UP FOUR STARS TA TA I am personally addicted to the post apocalyptic thriller sci fi books The one and only King s The Stand , Max Brooks World War Z , Cormac McCarthy s Road , Robert McCammon s Swan Song , P.D James The Children of Men , Emily St John Mandel s Station Eleven kind of masterpieces gave mereason to believe the miracles could be seen on genius authors creative minds When they got harsher,vulgar, darker,realistic, heart throbbing, your addiction grewandand you wanted to flip the pages faster before your mind was completely blown But on this book There is no darkness No harshness There is no heart throbbing, nail biter, arm eater, brain cell fryer kind of mind bending elements in this book So before starting to read it, consider this one as a mother s emotional journey to find her lost child story takes place at the post apocalyptic world book It hasa biblical perspective of the worst case of the world s ending scenarios But the action scenes are gripping and giving you some part of thrills you craved for But not so much if you expect something like Zombie invasion It hooked me from the first page as Myra abandoned by her husband who was leaving her pregnant wife and taking their five years old daughter with him, jumping on a boat and hit the water not to come back nononoYes what a mother f..and definitely he deserved my slaps at the first chapter This is a record for me to start hating a character So seven years passed Myra gave birth to little Pearl The world is decimated by intense water level rising force the last survivors live in the boats or ships, trying to survive by fishing, bartering their stuffs as Myra does to keep herself and daughter safe and alive As Myra learns her other daughter was taken from her is alive, she sets off her dangerous, long journey to find and bring her back This book starts slow paced and I honestly left it behind a few days to flirt with my other books But the beginning of the story haunted me and my heart didn t allow me to put it on my dnf list So I grabbed it back, after passing a few chapters, its pace getting faster This is not shaking you to core kind of book but it hurts your heart It makes you feel like your emotions are all over the place Being a mother is not about only responsibility, it is about putting a child in front of your own needs and not only feeding her or raising her, it is also teaching her the real life and protecting her against the dangers, vagueness of the world It s about to be their spiritual guardian The hardest thing about the motherhood job, you can never quit or be sacked, or retired, you gotta be ready to do your obligations till you leave this earth This book makes you think what a real mother should do when her child is lost and out somewhere Maybe I didn t get the horrifying post apocalyptic story I expected but I got amazing emotional story and well rounded, memorable characters and smart, realistic, gripping words of the writer so I m happy not to give up on this book.Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow for sharing this heart wrecking, emotional ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review

  3. says:

    From the water we came and to the water we will return, our lungs always hungering for air, but our hearts beating like waves I really enjoyed this novel based on what the world could be like when sea levels rise and the Earth begins flooding People are fleeing inland, or building boats and taking to the high seas.We follow Myra and pearl, and soon after, Daniel on their small boat Myra s oldest daughter Row was taken by her husband and Row s father Jacob, and Myra is determined to findFrom the water we came and to the water we will return, our lungs always hungering for air, but our hearts beating like waves I really enjoyed this novel based on what the world could be like when sea levels rise and the Earth begins flooding People are fleeing inland, or building boats and taking to the high seas.We follow Myra and pearl, and soon after, Daniel on their small boat Myra s oldest daughter Row was taken by her husband and Row s father Jacob, and Myra is determined to find her, no matter what.When Myra and Pearl get into some trouble at sea and their boat sinks, they are saved by a crew planning to find somewhere to settle, away from slavers and raiders The world Montag has created is truly frightening It s like The Purge where the usual rules don t apply and people will take whatever they want, however they can Be warned there is violence in here, it is terrifying what human beings will do to one another when they are desperate But there is also real hope in this novel The world has we know it has completely changed, and will never be the same again People rely on each other like never before, it really does put into perspective what may happen if we don t start taking care of our planetI saw myself in my ocean grave, underwater light bluing my skin, my hair floating like seaweed, coral sprouting from my bones

  4. says:

    I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway many thanks to the publisher, author and Goodreads for this opportunity This was a gut wrenching read full of compelling, desperate, broken characters grappling with overwhelming grief and various personal traumas while having to dig deep to survive in an unforgiving post apocalyptic, nightmarish world I won t soon forget Myra, Pearl, Daniel or the crew of the Sedna or the bleak world they dare to hope can be remade.

  5. says:

    It has happened The climate change the scientists have been warning us about for years The incessant rain has eliminated all our coastal cities Climate refugees are heading for the middle of the country Soon though even those cities will be covered with water Myra and her daughter live in the boat her grandfather built for them before he died She is searching for the daughter her husband had left with, when the water kept rising. A timely novel, climate change has been a topic much writte It has happened The climate change the scientists have been warning us about for years The incessant rain has eliminated all our coastal cities Climate refugees are heading for the middle of the country Soon though even those cities will be covered with water Myra and her daughter live in the boat her grandfather built for them before he died She is searching for the daughter her husband had left with, when the water kept rising. A timely novel, climate change has been a topic much written about in recent years An adventure story featuring a strong female character, a mamma bear who continually fights for the daughter she has, and the one that is lost As in many disasters there are those people who will help, against those who take advantage A fast moving story as there is so much action, though at times this was too much Also eye rolling on my part accompanied some of the happenings It was though an entertaining read Definitely an I am Woman hear me roar type of book.ARC from Edelweiss

  6. says:

    Kassandra Montag s debut was evocative, raw, and atmospheric It is 100 years in the future and the world has flooded, the only habitable land are the mountain peaks Myra and her daughter Pearl are living in a boat endlessly searching for the daughter she has lost A violent encounter with a raider leads her to believe that her daughter truly still is alive, but is far away in the north, and the journey to get there is treacherous Myra is a fierce mama bear and nothing is going to stop her Kassandra Montag s debut was evocative, raw, and atmospheric It is 100 years in the future and the world has flooded, the only habitable land are the mountain peaks Myra and her daughter Pearl are living in a boat endlessly searching for the daughter she has lost A violent encounter with a raider leads her to believe that her daughter truly still is alive, but is far away in the north, and the journey to get there is treacherous Myra is a fierce mama bear and nothing is going to stop her This new world is desolate and full of danger No rules No laws No hope I ve been struggling with what to write in my review for this book I think for me it was just a case of the right book at the wrong time The story was action packed, the writing was riveting, and the characters were well developed But the book left me feeling empty I realize this is a story about the end of the world and it was not meant to be uplifting, but I just needed some glimmer of hope Maybe there was one, maybe I just missed it Also Myra was unlikable and extremely selfish I admired her strength and her determination to save her daughter, but at what cost She was willing to put so many people s lives in danger including her other daughters Not to mention she was manipulative and a liar I ve read several reviews of this book, and people absolutely loved it In fact I read one review and they stated this was the best dystopian they had ever read So while this was not a good fit for me, it might be for you It was definitely well written, well executed, and I will absolutely read another book from this author.This book in three emoji s Big thanks to William Morrow for my copy of this book

  7. says:

    A promising premise that does not deliver Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Edelweiss Trigger warning for rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, suicide, and drug use This is how the water takes us.DNF at 76%.Thirty something Myra lives in a future that could one day very well be our own Flooding fueled by climate change gradually claimed the coasts before she was born and, when she just a young woman, the Hundred Year flood reached her doorstep the plains of Nebr A promising premise that does not deliver Full disclosure I received a free e ARC for review through Edelweiss Trigger warning for rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, suicide, and drug use This is how the water takes us.DNF at 76%.Thirty something Myra lives in a future that could one day very well be our own Flooding fueled by climate change gradually claimed the coasts before she was born and, when she just a young woman, the Hundred Year flood reached her doorstep the plains of Nebraska sweeping her mother away in a tidal wave The family her migrant husband, Jacob daughter Row and Grandfather retreated to the second floor of the house, as Grandfather raced against time to build them a boat on which to navigate this terrifying new world But before he could finish, Jacob fled with a neighbor, taking Row with himand leaving a pregnant Myra behind It s been seven years since Row was kidnapped Without Grandfather and his boat, Bird, Myra would not have survived Grandfather is gone, though, having passed mercifully in his sleep and if she and her younger daughter are to survive, Myra has reached the dispiriting conclusion that she must abandon her search for Row However, a chance encounter with a raider suggests that Row may not only be alive, but in imminent danger held captive on a colony in Greenland and at risk of being sent to a breeding ship it s exactly what it sounds like Bird is too small to make such as a treacherous passing but the Sedna, which comes to their aid, is just perfect Can Myra convince its inhabitants to make the journey Should she Is it okay to sacrifice their lives for that of their daughter To sacrifice Pearl for Row If this sounds like Mad Max Fury Road, but with too much water instead of not enough, then you understand my initial excitement I devoured the first 25% or so of the book the early world building is promising We still called oceans by their former names, but it was really one giant ocean now, littered with pieces of land like crumbs fallen from the sky.The remnants of humanity either live in crowded slums wedged into the sides of what used to be mountain ranges, but are nowlike islands the rest risk weather, starvation, dehydration, and pirate raiders the descendants of private military outfits, natch at sea Human trafficking is prevalent, as is colonizing, now with the biological warfare Sadly, After the Flood breaks down like this 40% pointless whining about ethical dilemmas Myra s gonna Myra, am I right , 30% boat talk, 10% cringy sex scenes, and maybe, generously, 20% intriguing world building and poetic prose about the natural world The characters are either unlikable or not fully fleshed out or both and when I say unlikable, I don t mean in that love to hate em, Gone Girl kind of way Unlikable characters can be super entertaining, but this is not the case here Myra is unrelentingly irritating her internal conflicts are dull and repetitive, and the umbrage she takes at discovering that other people also have their own, sometimes hidden agendas would be laughable if it wasn t so annoyingly self absorbed and hypocritical Pot, meet kettle She flies into a rage with Daniel even though her deceptions are arguably worse he s just floating along in the wake of destruction she s creating in her quest to rescue Row Daniel is wholly uninteresting, and Pearl isof a brat than is reasonable in this world idk how she could act like that and survive for so long And for all her whining about how Myrna doesn t listen to herdidn t they just spend the better part of a decade trapped on a small boat together, with only each other and, for a brief period, one other person for company Abran, the captive of the Sedna, is not believable as a leader at all He s a bossy, short tempered alcoholic without the stones to make the hard decisions I can t see anyone following him from one Grateful Dead concert to the next, let alone across the vast, empty ocean Montag forces him into a love triangle with Daniel and Myrna and the whole thing is just yawn.It hurts to see what could have been an engaging and prescient story go down like this, but it is what it is Honestly, I m puzzled at all the glowing early reviews Were we reading the same book

  8. says:

    3.5 starsIn this remarkable debut, most of the earth is covered by water after years of devastating flooding Livable land is minimal and raider ships, along with breeding ships, are a constant danger Civilization has collapsed and there are no basic amenities Myra and her daughter Pearl survive by fishing and trading for basic necessities When Myra hears her older daughter, Row, who was taken from her 7 years ago, was seen alive in a northern community, they leave on a dangerous journey by s 3.5 starsIn this remarkable debut, most of the earth is covered by water after years of devastating flooding Livable land is minimal and raider ships, along with breeding ships, are a constant danger Civilization has collapsed and there are no basic amenities Myra and her daughter Pearl survive by fishing and trading for basic necessities When Myra hears her older daughter, Row, who was taken from her 7 years ago, was seen alive in a northern community, they leave on a dangerous journey by sea to search for her After running into trouble, Myra combines forces with the crew of a larger ship, and she will stop at nothing in order to find her daughter, regardless of the danger or consequences This is an adventure tale of survival I won t soon forget The world building was well crafted and the image of this new world was terrifying Yet this book is so muchthan a survival story It s a story of survival, but also a story about grief and holding onto hope against all the odds It s about strength of character and sacrificing for those you love It s about opening up and trusting people when your life normally depends on the mistrust of people I did enjoy this story but it is a bleak one and is overly long with some repetitiveness This novel will appeal to those who don t require their characters to be likable There are moral ambiguities and I was left with much to ponder after I turned the last page Marialyce and I deviated from our usual genres with this post apocalyptic book and there was much to discuss.For our duo review of this book and others please visit

  9. says:

    When I think of those days, of losing the people I ve loved, I think of how my loneliness deepened, like being lowered into a well, water rising around me as I clawed at the stone walls, reaching for sunlight How you get used to being at the bottom of a well How you wouldn t recognize a rope if it was thrown down to you This book was utterly amazing Beautifully written, bleak, tremendously poignant, and full of lyrical imagery and memorable characters, it is hard to believe that After th When I think of those days, of losing the people I ve loved, I think of how my loneliness deepened, like being lowered into a well, water rising around me as I clawed at the stone walls, reaching for sunlight How you get used to being at the bottom of a well How you wouldn t recognize a rope if it was thrown down to you This book was utterly amazing Beautifully written, bleak, tremendously poignant, and full of lyrical imagery and memorable characters, it is hard to believe that After the Flood is Kassandra Montag s debut novel But theyou read, theyou become fully immersed in this story you realize that debut novel or not, this is one of those books you ll think about and talk about for years to come.Just over a century from now, our world has been taken over by massive flooding which obliterated much of the landscape, leaving only mountains and random pieces of land scattered through our world, with whole cities left underwater Myra and her young daughter Pearl live off their small boat, fishing and salvaging to make ends meet, finding people to trade with in the few outposts that are left It s a bleak existence and Myra always exercises an abundance of caution, because the floods left many lawless people in their wake.For seven years, Myra has mourned her older daughter, Row, every single day Row was taken from Myra by her husband just before a massive flood hit their home in Nebraska Myra had wanted to wait until her grandfather finished building the boat they would use to keep them safe Myra s husband was afraid and impatient, so he took Row and never came back Myra knows the chances that Row is still alive are very slim, and she should just focus all of her energy on keeping Pearl safe and happy, but she can t stop dreaming of the moment when she might have both of her girls together for the first time The world will break you, but it s when you break yourself that you feel you really can t heal When Myra hears that Row or at least someone resembling her was spotted recently at a settlement near Greenland, she is desperate to risk everything to bring about a potential reunion with her daughter She connects with Daniel, a troubled yet kind man with secrets and regrets of his own, and then they have to find another ship on which to make the perilous journey When they meet Abran and his crew, she knows she has to hide her real reasons for wanting to travel so far, but she has no choice but to deceive them in order to rescue her daughter.But there is no guarantee the ship will make it all the way there, because along the way they must battle the elements, bands of raiders bent on revenge for earlier slights, and the uncertainty of whom among them should be trusted What will they find when they arrive at this colony Will there be disease, killers, a lack of resources, or, perhaps worst of all, no trace of humanity After the Flood certainly is bleak and I kept waiting for things to completely fall apart, yet there certainly is an element of hope in the book as well hope that Myra will be able to find Row, hope that the ship will make it where it needs to go relatively unscathed, hope that they can perhaps build a new community when they arrive I honestly couldn t get enough of this story.This reminded me a lot of Cormac McCarthy s The Road in its exquisite telling of how far a parent would go for their children, but Montag s imagery, her language, and her weaving of present and past made the story unique at the same time The pacing may seem a little slow at times but it worked well for me Simply put, this book is worth all the hype it will get I won t be able to put it out of my mind anytime soon.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at

  10. says:

    You wouldn t want to be stranded at sea with this snooze fest Bleak, bland, and pointless So apparently the seafloor split, and water from beneath the earth slowly rose up, and over the next estimated 100 years, covered the world in water But even that s wishy washy, because even though they only lost communications internet, TV, radio thirteen years beforehand, there is no concrete record of exactly what occurred, and it s also unclear how much time has passed since the flood began For sev You wouldn t want to be stranded at sea with this snooze fest Bleak, bland, and pointless So apparently the seafloor split, and water from beneath the earth slowly rose up, and over the next estimated 100 years, covered the world in water But even that s wishy washy, because even though they only lost communications internet, TV, radio thirteen years beforehand, there is no concrete record of exactly what occurred, and it s also unclear how much time has passed since the flood began For seven years Myra has been relentlessly searching for her daughter Rowena Row , kidnapped by the child s father Just when she s about to give up hope, Myra receives information regarding Row s last known whereabouts And the journey begins a very long and tedious one.A major issue I had with After the Flood was the main character, Myra I did not feel an ounce of sympathy for her, she was unlikable and a bad mother to boot Her obsession with finding Row, came at the expense of the safety of her youngest daughter Pearl, who she constantly put in danger situations, and didn t seem to care about at all This was clear from the first chapter, as the boat containing Row was sailing away, a heavily pregnant Myra jumped into the treacherous floodwaters, risking one child in an attempt to save the other And this was the theme throughout, poor Pearl didn t stand a chance I m still perplexed over why Myra s husband partner Jacob took Row in the first place There was a weak explanation given, but it just didn t ring true Evenpuzzling was why Myra still had feelings for Jacob as not only did he possess not a single redeeming quality but he stole her daughter, and left her behind, pregnant with his child Added to this the book dragged, and there was too much telling and not enough showing The prose was poetic and there were a lot of action scenes, but since I wasn t emotionally invested, it was hard to care who lived or died There was a heap of gratuitous violence as well As a fan of the movie Waterworld and dystopian, I was very excited to read this, but it just didn t measure up I d like to thank Netgalley, Harper Collins Australia, and Kassandra Montag for the e ARC.Available Now

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