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Flood Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2010
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The main characters are not particularly heroic, and their antagonists are not particularly villainous, at least in intention. That makes the story all the more believable.
I've read a number of Baxter's novels, but I found this one the most engrossing, and it hasn't yet left my thoughts in the two weeks snce I finished it.
I was (despite the fact that I am a firm believer in the reality of global warming albeit not completely convinced that it is all man-made) delighted to see a sea level rise disaster scenario that DID NOT put all the blame on atmospheric CO2 and global warming. Baxter's mechanism for the sea level rise was novel, and I found the maps of how our current world map would change following different increases in sea level fascinating.
Since there was nothing that anyone could do about the problem itself, the plot was about how governments, corporations, families and individuals coped with the ever-encroaching sea. These parts of the story were well thought out and sped by.
There were also plot holes - some big enough to drive the Queen Mary through. Chief among them was the seeming miraculous ability of billionaire Nathan Lamockson to get huge engineering projects done with much of the world's land mass underwater and thus with massive disruptions of our manufacturing ability destroyed. This troubled me right through to the end of the book, which is a lead-in to the sequel ("Ark") that was published last year in the UK and is now available in hardcover in the US.
In summary, Flood was a sort of atypical peri-/post-apocalyptic novel - the apocalypse takes 40 years from start to finish, there is relatively little in the way of political interactions at any level, and there is almost no post-apocalyptic timeline. But this last, of course, is presumably the subject of Ark. Flood wasn't bad, just not great (for great Baxter see, "The Time Ships", "Rift", "Moonseed", and or :Flux" to name but a few), and I have higher hopes for the sequel.