After the Flood

After the Flood

by Kassandra Montag


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An inventive and riveting epic saga, After the Flood signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

A little more 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 water.

Stubbornly 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 there.

On 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 travelers.

A 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 astonishing.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062889362
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 100,952
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Kassandra Montag is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, and freelance medical journalist. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Midwestern GothicNebraska PoetryPrairie Schooner, and Mystery Weekly Magazine, among others. She holds an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Creighton University, and makes her home in Omaha, Nebraska.

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After the Flood: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I was a bit skeptical when I first rubs the samples. after reading the sample I bought the book only to find it was even better than the sample I had a hard time even putting it down.
Bjcallan 3 months ago
Kassandra Montag's "After The Flood" is an exciting post-apocalyptic novel. It is suspenseful, exciting and emotional. At times I would not be able to put the book down until I finished the chapter. The trial's that Myra takes on to find her daughter seemed so real as you are reading it, it is almost as if you're right there with her experiencing it too. I would absolutely recommend After the flood
KerryACroucier 3 months ago
I read this one without quite knowing what to expect. Set 100 years in the future, some catastrophic floods, and most of the world is covered with water, with survivors on the few land areas or living on the water. Society has had to realign and find a new direction. In this world, we are introduced to Myra and her young daughter, Pearl who was born after the last major flood and has never known anything but the world as it is. Myra is trying to keep both of them alive, and hopefully find her older daughter, Row, whom her husband took seven years ago when their home in the plains of Nebraska was inundated with water. As she is ready to give up, she encounters someone with information, and it sparks a renewed fervor to reach Row before she is lost to her forever. As Myra and Pearl embark on their final quest to find Row, they become involved with others but what and who will Myra sacrifice to find the child she lost. This story was intense and scary to me. It could be a glimpse into the future of humanity and how we could react to a world-changing event like this. I started this and couldn’t put it down. The author creates a world that is detailed and frightening in its possibilities. I look forward to seeing what direction Montag will take with her second novel. #AftertheFlood #WilliamMorrow #KassandraMontag
SheTreadsSoftly 4 months ago
After the Flood by Kassandra Montag is a highly recommended post-apocalyptic climate science fiction novel. It's a little over a century in the future and rising flood waters and melting polar ice caps have resulted in a world underwater with just the highest mountain ranges forming an archipelago of islands. Living on their small boat, the Bird, are Myra and Pearl, her seven-year-old daughter who was born on the boat. The Bird was built by Myra's grandfather, who started the journey with them but has since passed away. When flood waters overtook their home in Nebraska, they started their journey. Along with survival, a major goal was to search for Row, Myra's older daughter, who was stolen away and taken off on another boat by her father. Myra fishes, and visits trading post on islands to barter her catch for supplies and look for information on Row. A violent confrontation results in Myra getting information that Row was seen, alive, on an encampment in Greenland. Myra is determined to get a larger boat that can survive the journey to this camp and rescue Row. When they have Daniel, a navigator, join them, and then they all join the crew of a larger ship, Sedna, it seems that Myra may be able to get to the island to rescue Row. Her determination to do, however, may end up endangering everyone. After the Flood is reminiscent of the long running genre of many other dystopian flooded earth novels (Stephen Baxter's Flood, 2008; Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy, 2003-2013; J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World, 1962 - for example) and the movie Waterworld, 1995. Obviously, if you like this genre of science fiction, you will enjoy Montag's novel. The writing is very good in this debut novel and excels more in the literary writing, rather than the world building, which is adequate, but not extraordinary. Additionally, there are some little niggling details in the plot that require you to set doubts aside in order to enjoy the action in this thriller. The novel focuses on Myra, both her love for her daughters and her determination to save Row. Myra is a well-developed character, but the other characters are all bit players in many ways. There are several strong female characters, however, which is refreshing. Montag exposes both the positive and negative in Myra's character, exposing some real flaws and questionable morals in her behavior. She is determined to save Row, no matter the cost to others (in some ways including Pearl), as she faces an endless series of obstacles. She also has some surprisingly good fighting moves. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
RKG20 4 months ago
Kassandra Montag's storytelling takes your breath away. This haunting novel, so lushly drawn, is a powerful exploration of the lengths we go to in the pursuit of survival, and the infinite devotion of motherhood. I devoured AFTER THE FLOOD! In Montag, we have a brilliant new voice.
Elena_L 15 days ago
AFTER THE FLOOD follows the journey of Myra and her daughter Pearl searching for her oldest daughter Row - in a futuristic time after the world is flooded. With a balance of action and adventure, the storyline is gripping and brilliantly crafted. This book gave me a Walking-dead-meets-Bird-box vibe through a great execution, with a pinch of darkness. The writing is stunning and Montag explores well themes such as loss, hope, redemption, family and resilience. The characters were developed in a deep and compelling way - though I couldn't stand Myra for being stubborn and selfish in her decisions/action, I could accept her behavior better once I put myself in her place: being a new mother, I would also do anything to protect and save my child(ren). The mother-daughter relationship is strong and beautifully portrayed, even in its flawed aspect. While there were parts of the story a bit flat when I felt that the plot was going nowhere, I got invested in the story almost all the time. The ending had all my feelings, even though I felt it quite abrupt. AFTER THE FLOOD is a unique debut perfect for readers looking for a fierce/determined female character in a dystopian (post-apocalyptic) context. [I received an ARC through Goodreads and all opinions are my own]
Allison31 26 days ago
Kassandra Montag is an absolutely stunning writer. I could not put AFTER THE FLOOD down - it contained all the dystopian, climate-change drama I found utterly enthralling, and I found Montag's novel to be a true eye opening. Terrifying and beautiful. You cannot miss this novel.
HowUsefulItIs 27 days ago
This book is an excellent read! I like the idea of a post apocalypse flood because, to me, it seems like there were a lot of bad weather this year that caused so much flooding in USA. I can’t help but noticed how real people are being portrayed in this story. There are good and bad people in this world right now while we have everything to live on and the same goes after post apocalypse. There are people that always want more like the raiders in this story comparing to China wanting to control smaller locations such as Hong Kong. It’s great to read about mother/daughter survivors. I like Pearl and I like her actions when she let the seagull go because I dislike how Wayne and Jessa were so readily wanting to eat Pearl’s catch when they themselves could’ve tried to catch their own birds. It’s the same as people not willing to put effort into work but wanting their fair share. This book begins with a prologue, told in the first person point of view following a pregnant Myra folding laundry while her 5 year-old named Row is being taken away from her by her husband, Jacob via a boat. Her home in Nebraska is flooded all around up to mailboxes while states in the coast were all underwater. Then the book started 7 years later, after another Six Year Flood, this is after the Hundred Year Flood, where the remaining inland states are underwater and survivors reside up in the mountains and on their boats. Myra now live with her second daughter named Pearl, 7, on a boat built by her deceased Grandfather. She has been searching for Row ever since. One day when a man came to kidnap Myra and Pearl to increase his colony’s population, by Row’s necklace worn on the man’s wrist, she learned that Row is still alive and where she lives, but the journey to rescue is dangerous and she could risk Pearl’s life. After the Flood is well written and developed. I can easily imagine how the world looks like with vast water every which way I look because the author did a fantastic job describing the scenes. This story has it all: fear of attack from raiders, hope to settle at a safe place, loss of the past, afraid of the future, etc. I have a love/hate relationship with the main character Myra. On one side she is strong and independent with a strong devotion and loyalty to her family/friends but on the other side she makes rash decisions that potentially put others in danger. Since I don’t enjoy the main character all the time, I feel tired following her thoughts sometimes. Would’ve been great if there’s another point of view. I like that Myra gets to face off with the person who ruined her but I don’t like that Myra mess with Daniel’s confrontation with the person that ruined him. Life after the flood seems to be a dangerous one, always at risk both on land and on the open sea, so those parts are an adrenaline rush read. Despite me not loving the main character, the story is still an enjoyable read and I do recommend everyone to read this book! Pro: post apocalypse, page turner, mother/daughter survival, flood, mother’s devotion, family, teamwork, mother’s love Con: I don’t enjoy the main character all the time I rate it 4.5 stars! ***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to William Morrows for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at for more details
Reader4102 4 months ago
This was a hard book to read. The despair of the pregnant main character as she watched her husband abandon her and take their daughter. Myra searches for her daughter for seven years, which is when the story begins. Her other daughter comes second to her search for the first daughter. Water has overtaken and drowned the world except for the mountaintops of the Rockies and few islands of land. It is a dark, violent world where women are only good for breeding, there are no laws, no government, no civilization once known. While I found the book depressing most of the time, there were some parts of it that weren’t. It wasn’t badly written and the location – the seas of endless water – well described. The characters were not well drawn at all, even Myra. There were just too many coincidences, too many unbelievable events – as when Myra, clearly in her final trimester, jumps out a window and lands heavily but is able to swim after the boat carrying her husband and daughter away from her, but doesn’t tell us how she finds safety after she abandons the chase is just too much of an eye-rolling scene. As I was reading this book, I had the nagging feeling I’d read this book before – a long while ago. There were just too many similarities not to think that. The publisher though calls it a “… wholly original saga” and the book “signals the arrival of [a] extraordinary new talent.” My thanks to William Morrow Publishing and Edelweiss for an eARC.