Release Date
January 2023
40 hours 39 minutes
A New York Times Notable Book
“This book is, simply put, a modern classic. If you read it, you'll never forget it. Prophetic, terrifying, uplifting.” —Stephen King

From the bestselling author of Ohio, a masterful American epic charting a near future approaching collapse and a nascent but strengthening solidarity.

In the first decades of the 21st century, the world is convulsing, its governments mired in gridlock while a patient but unrelenting ecological crisis looms. America is in upheaval, battered by violent weather and extreme politics. In California in 2013, Tony Pietrus, a scientist studying deposits of undersea methane, receives a death threat. His fate will become bound to a stunning cast of characters—a broken drug addict, a star advertising strategist, a neurodivergent mathematician, a cunning eco-terrorist, an actor turned religious zealot, and a brazen young activist named Kate Morris, who, in the mountains of Wyoming, begins a project that will alter the course of the decades to come.

From the Gulf Coast to Los Angeles, the Midwest to Washington, DC, their intertwined odysseys unfold against a stark backdrop of accelerating chaos as they summon courage, galvanize a nation, fall to their own fear, and find wild hope in the face of staggering odds. As their stories hurtle toward a spectacular climax, each faces a reckoning: what will they sacrifice to salvage humanity’s last chance at a future? A singular achievement, The Deluge is a once-in-a-generation novel that meets the moment as few works of art ever have.
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I did not like the pace and the tone to start with. But then the loose strands came together, and I often found myself cheering on the audacity of some of the characters, or bemoaning their choices. At times it was hard for me to separate this audio life from real life, I was so submerged. Great read

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Epic and brilliant story. I am tempted to start all over at the beginning.

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Debra B.

There were some interesting points made but slow and so boring. It just seemed to go on and on, and, I couldn't wait until it was finished.

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Kristen N.

The narration of this book was excellent. I’m amazed at the ability of the author to create such compelling characters while also bringing the science into comprehension so vividly. This is a great read or listen.

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Dorothy T.

Lots to think about and look at....creates a comprehensive context for world we live in and can look forward to living in.

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Rachel B.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a long book but it spanned, essentially, a lifetime (or many). A funny quirk of the author was using the adverb “nevertheless” frequently enough in the book that I started to notice it whenever it came up. Anyway, good read.

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Roger L.

Great story looking at global climate change from the human impact side as well as the physical. Just a bit over-long at 40+ hours!

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