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After the Flood

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The most gripping debut of 2019.

The world is mostly water when Pearl is born. The floods have left America a cluster of small islands with roving trade ships and raiders.

Pearl knows little of her father, Jacob, and elder sister, Row, who left her mother, Myra, when she was pregnant with her. Between them they make do, with Myra fishing and trading to make ends meet, travelling from island to island on Bird, the boat Myra’s grandfather made before he died.

Whilst their life is a tranquil one, Myra still aches for the daughter she once lost. When a chance encounter reveals that Row might still be alive, Myra packs up six-year-old Pearl, and together they begin a dangerous voyage to The Valley, where rumours of violence and breeding ships run rampant.

Along the way they encounter death and strangers, finally finding solace on board Sedna - full to the brim with supplies and an able crew - where Myra feels like she might be closer to finding Row than she has ever been. But to get to Row she will have to deceive everyone around her, betraying the trust of those she’s come to love, and ask herself if she’s willing to sacrifice everything and everyone for what might be nothing at all.

©2019 Kassandra Montag (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Utterly gripping." (Karin Slaughter) 

"Impossible to put down." (Booklist

"Undeniable, brilliantly written." (Theodore Wheeler) 

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Really enthralling beginning but disappointing end

The first half of the book was really engaging and kept me hooked... however i found myself looking interest as it then just started to waffle on and on with tonnes of pointless sea/boat/water metaphors and similes. I found myself skipping through parts just so I could get to the bit where they actually got on with the story. Overall the actual story was good, but I think the author was trying too hard to hit a word count/be deep and meaningful and didnt focus enough on actually keeping the reader engaged throughout the story. Narration was good. Also the ending was a bit of an anti climax.