If you read my review about the first book in the “Fall of Man Series” on Goodreads, you’ll know that I didn’t have a high opinion of the approach the author took with Cain’s story. However, Flood was the complete opposite…seriously, I couldn’t put this book down! The characters were believable and the plot was imaginative – McPherson did a great job putting a fictional twist on the world Noah grew up in.
The first thing you should know about this novel is that it mostly focuses on Noah’s parents, Lamech and Adah. We meet Adah as a young woman in her parents house trying to talk her way out of an unwanted betrothal. In these first few chapters, we are thrust into the tragic world that grew exceedingly more evil day by day. If you’ve ever tried to wonder what the pre-flood world was like and what made it such a terrible place, Adah’s part of the story is an ample picture of such evil. Of course, it’s fiction. Yet, the fantasy part of the novel isn’t so overwhelming that it makes you think something like this couldn’t have happened. Though it most likely didn’t in the exact way the author portrayed, it helps us imagine a world that’s in worse shape than ours, and in that, it did it’s job beautifully.
When we meet Lamech, we find him to be much like you would imagine and at the same time, not anything like you’d imagine. His family’s segregated life in the mountains is the perfect set-up to explain how Noah could have been born into the world previously described, yet, not be tainted with the ambitions of the Devil trying to mark every child born. And can I say, I loved Methuselah! The cranky, yet wise old man played a perfect role in the story!
The second thing you’ll be interested in knowing is that Noah doesn’t appear in the book until about half-way through the novel. That’s a lot of set-up, I know. But it helps the reader completely understand this fictional world Noah lives in and how it affects him growing up. When I finished the book, I was impressed with how the author took Noah’s character and grew him from an angry young boy who wanted to be like everyone else to a wise builder who followed God wholeheartedly. The transformation was masterful and took time, just like it does in real life. So, while the things that happened in that part of probably aren’t the most believable part of the book, the end result was pleasing.
So, the question that everyone will ask… “Do you need to read Cain in order to understand Flood?” No. If I remember correctly, the author wrote these novels to be read as standalones, so you don’t need to read the first book if you’re not interested. That being said, even though I disliked the first book in the series, I can’t deny that it helped me understand the significance of the returning characters. (Mostly the character that represented the Devil – how he got where he was and what his mission was in the fictional setting.)
Conclusion: As like most books in the fantasy genre, this story didn’t have a lot of romance, even though we see people get married. The emphasis leaned more towards survival and how someone like Noah could keep going in spite of circumstances. This was the best rendition of Noah’s story I’ve read so far in Christian Fiction. Yes, there were parts that were a little “far out” there, but overall, the reader can accept the imagination and thought behind the creative side of the story. For one, I was very pleased that the author took the interpretation that God flooded the world because Noah and his family were the only ones left with 100% human blood. Sounds crazy, right? I won’t go into it completely, but I will say that I’ve heard this preached before and it makes complete sense! In closing, I really, really enjoyed this book. It might not be for everyone, but I have no doubt that many who enjoy fantasy with a Biblical twist would enjoy it. Brennan McPherson – thank you for writing an amazing novel!