Not The Book I Thought, But Okay
2.5 out of 5 stars
I was really excited about this release when I saw the cover and read the description. I dove into it headfirst and unfortunately hit the bottom and hurt myself. It’s my own damn fault. I should have read the entire synopsis. I didn’t realize that the entire story was going to take place on the cruise ship where they are escaping the Flood.
There’s nothing wrong with it, and to be honest I’ve read another series that was super similar to this (they were living for years on a cruise ship after some catastrophic flood). I had hoped that this would tell a little more about the world after the flood (and not just the scope of a thousand people on one boat).
Looking at the cover and re-reading the synopsis – I should have gone into it with a different attitude and it might have affected my review a little bit. I did have to pause reading the book about 25% since I was pretty bummed out. But I did pick it back up and it did fly by from that point.
The villain(s) in the story was extremely unlikable and almost cartoonish in their masculinity and over-the-top way of dealing with things. It felt like Sachs needed a bad guy and plucked one from the mat and pushed them into the boat. I did laugh when I realized who was going to be villain/bad guy but then it kinda gold stale after a while. There was a scene where he basically goes ballistic and absolutely no one does anything to stop him. Sure, I understand gun vs no gun – but numbers were not on his side. I just felt like New Yorkers – post 9/11 wouldn’t deal with crap like that anymore.
Overall, an interesting human tale that missed the mark a bit for me. I wanted a story about a flood and I got one, but not the story I was hoping for. Sachs writing was fast-paced with some breaks for breathers in between. He was able to write about a tragedy and keep the feeling of hopelessness just on the surface. You’d feel like it wasn’t going to end a certain way and then you were given hope – numerous times like that – bobbing along the surface not sure what would happen next.
Book Description:The Flood by David Sachs
Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on November 20th 2018
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The electrifying, best-selling thriller from award-winning writer David Sachs.
For those that escaped the Flood, the nightmare is just beginning.
For three years, Travis Cooke has dreamed of reuniting his family, but not like this.
When the Flood hit, America's East Coast was evacuated by every means possible, by air, land and sea.
Hours later, a cruise ship assisting in the rescue lies dead in the water: no power, no communications, and nowhere near enough food. Thousands of refugees on board, including Travis, his-ex-wife, and their young son, find themselves alone in a big ocean.
On the isolated ship, a journey into human darkness and heroism begins. Desperate to protect his family as the panic rises, Travis finds behind each door an unexpected new side to the Festival, but no way out. How far will Travis go to save the people he loves and has lost once before? How far would YOU go?
You'll remember where you were when the Flood hit.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.