I enjoyed this post-apocalyptic book by Kassandra Montag. It kept my interest throughout the book. After The Flood is a longer book so my focus wasn’t about wanting to know how the book ends. I enjoyed the characters’ adventures. I wasn’t waiting to find out the mystery or figuring out if the main character was going to get what she wanted. Although that was in the story, I didn’t care too much about that. I just wanted to know about their relationships and the dangerous obstacles that they will face and how they were going to survive.
It was kind of boring at the beginning. I was about one-fifth of the way into the book, and I had no idea where the story was going. It did not seem like there was a plot, except for finding Row. Ok, hurry up and save Row, and that is it, end of the story. I then read the summary of the book to read what else is supposed to happen to see if I even wanted to continue reading the book. It said that Myra will board a ship and then lots of adventures will happen. I continued on and the book became more interesting. It is a long book where there are more details. I’m used to reading shorter books where events happen more quickly.
After The Flood Synopsis
A little more than a century into the future, a catastrophic flood covers most of the earth. Only mountainous regions are dry. Some survivors live in the water on boats and ships while others live on the land.
Myra has a 7-year-old daughter, Pearl. They live on the water. Seven years prior, right before the second flood came and destroyed their house in Nebraska, Myra’s husband took their oldest daughter, Row, and left. Myra was pregnant with Pearl at the time.
There was a 100-year flood and a six-year flood. The 100-year flood happened when Myra’s father was young. So not too many people remember what life was like before the waters destroyed the land.
However, with the six-year flood, people had time to prepare. A whole year Myra’s family were building a boat and storing food, clothing, and medical supplies.
“We had lost internet and electricity for good the month before and we watched the horizon daily, fearing the water would arrive before Grandfather finished the boat. “ (page 44)
Myra’s grandfather taught her how to fish, which helped her tremendously while surviving in this new post-apocalyptic world. After the flood, she used her fishing skills to catch fish to eat and to sell. She bartered fish to obtain other food and clothing. It was a dangerous world to live in.
“When I began to fish, Grandfather scolded me for fishing without intention, throwing lines in before I observed the water. Thinking that as long as hooks were in the water the fish would bite.
Watch the water. You must submit to it. Don’t fight it, Grandfather would say as the boat rocked gently under a hot noonday sun. “ Page 358.
The plot is if they could rescue Myra’s daughter, Row. She could have died or already sent to the breeding ship. Jacob, Myra’s husband, was most likely dead. But Myra never could figure out why he would leave and take Row with him. It had haunted her all these years.
I didn’t care much about the storyline in After The Flood. The characters’ relationships were more interesting to me and their day to day life. It was very entertaining. Usually, when I get to the end of reading a book, I look to see how many pages I have left to read. I didn’t do that at all for this book because I didn’t want it to end.
I enjoy post-apocalyptic novels and movies. However, the story is written in such a way that even if you don’t like post-apocalyptic books, you may still enjoy reading this book. It is adventurous with some romance in it too.