I received a copy of A Flood of Posies in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A Flood of Posies is the latest novel by Tiffany Meuret, though I'll confess that it's actually my first time reading anything by her. It's the story of two sisters, and how their worlds are so vastly different from one another.
Doris and Thea couldn't be more different if they tried. They may live close, but their minds and personalities showcase a vast chasm between the two. Yet both are going to be forced to struggle to survive against all of the odds, as the rain refuses to stop.
Warnings: A Flood of Posies showcases a significant amount of drug abuse and dependency, as one of the two leading characters is an addict.
A Flood of Posies is a strange tale of a dysfunctional family and the world falling apart. It's a story about survival, and the differences between us all. There are many profound lessons to be learned from this novel, to say the least.
Honestly, I'm struggling to write this review. Much as I struggled to finish the book. This was a tough one for me. I had trouble finding a connection between either sister, and thus the events in their lives had a diminishing impact for me.
So it's really no surprise that I almost put this book down. It was a fight, and so very tempting. I did finish it, and I'm happy to have done so. Though I'm not going to pretend that it was my favorite read of the year.
It had it's strong points. The dystopian survival elements were a huge plus in my book, as were some of the elements coming from the dysfunctional family/sister side of things. I also like how this novel made me think, and doubt everything.
Having finished the book, I still can't honestly tell you what happened. Was the flood real? Was it metaphorical? Either would be totally reasonable, and feel perfectly at home in this story. I just can't tell you which one is correct. I actually kind of like that detail, but maybe I'm being weird.
Regardless, I think that A Flood of Posies is going to be one of those novels that people either love or hate. I noticed that a lot of people DNF'd it, while others loved it. So that seems like a pretty reasonable assumption. What does everyone else think?
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Sisters, Doris and Thea, exist worlds apart, despite living within a few miles of one another. Doris with her regular home and regular husband and regular job, and Thea slinking along the edges of society, solitary and invisible. When a storm of biblical proportions strikes, the wayward sisters are begrudgingly forced together as the rain waters rise, each attempting to survive both the flood and each other.
One year later, Thea—now calling herself Sestra—floats throughout a ravaged, flood soaked world. Her former life drowned beneath metric tons of water, she and her only companion, Robert, battle starvation, heatstroke, and the monstrous creatures called Posies that appeared alongside the flood. When they run across what they assume to be an abandoned tugboat, their journey takes a new turn, and the truth about the flood and the monsters seems more intricately linked to Thea's past then she may realize.