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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.
Publisher: New York : Roc, c2008
ISBN: 9780451462718
Branch Call Number: FICTION Baxter
Characteristics: 490 p. ; 24 cm


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LookSeeTry Sep 13, 2015

This was a bit slow. I think there was too much "tell" and not enough "show". Still it was an interesting concept and it really explored how the next generation would react and adapt in the event of an international calamity of this sort.

May 20, 2014

Ignoring the very poor science of where all the water would come from - the basic structure of the interaction and attachment between the 4 hostages and the billionaire who kept saving their lives made absolutely no sense. This type of unending loyalty/dedication needed a much stronger reason for it to be believable.

Aug 16, 2012

I enjoyed this one and the unrelenting flooding did leave me thinking once again about humans and their foibles as well as resourcefulness. I would have appreciated more relate-able characters.

Jan 19, 2012

the world is slowing being covered by rising seas, faster than can be explained by climate change. Ther is no rescue in this book but only adaptation and survival.

The human curiosity continues to try and understand the event but even science and the ability to explore is washed away.
Fanciful but very well written- I really enjoyed it.

Jul 19, 2011

I used to love Baxter's writing back in the Xeelee Sequence & Manifold Trilogy days. Then there was all that "alternative history" stuff and I lost interest. BUT... along comes Flood and I'm hooked again! Here Baxter writes like some of the Greats (Wells, Wyndham) and, while it is definitely "hard" s/f, it is also "social" in that you get a good look at what people most likely would do (are doing now, as a matter of fact) in the face of extreme climate change. The book has been haunting me since I finished it with visions of a future that hasn't, yet, happened.

Dec 03, 2010

I enjoy Stephen Baxter's work. He is a writer of "hard" SF that is grounded in real science. This novel presents a fascinating vision of what it might be like if Earth were flooded by subterranean oceans suddenly bubbling up to the surface. I did find, however, that this story was longer than it needed to be. There are only so many ways to say that yet another city, mountain, or continent has slipped beneath the waves. The story follows a small number of people who band together to find ways to survive, slowly moving to higher ground around the world, and eventually to a massive ship, as the waters rise. The best scenes are in the early part of the book as the characters try to adjust and survive. The premise seems implausible to me, if only because I can't imagine that _that_ much water could exist beneath the Earth's crust. The main characters are a bit thin, if only because they are not "ordinary". Childless professionals, they are a little hard to relate to. The secondary characters, who are a little more normal and less noble, are actually more interesting.


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