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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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