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.
Meuret's bewitching debut follows the evolving relationship between sisters Doris and Thea before and after an apocalyptic flood sweeps Earth in 2025. Meuret braids multiple timelines and juxtaposes the sisters' childhood memories with the initial horror of the rising waters and their subsequent fight for survival. Before the flooding, their relationship had become outright antagonistic, due in part to Thea's heroin addiction, but the catastrophe draws them back together. With the flood comes an invasion of sea monsters (termed "posies" after Poseidon) that overrun Earth. And in mysterious flashes forward to one year after the initial flooding, Thea, now separated from Doris, discovers a frightened child aboard an abandoned boat. This atmospheric page-turner is occasionally disrupted by forced lyricism that will pull the reader from the narrative. Despite an overly sentimental ending, Meuret offers enough thought-provoking meditations on sisterhood, addiction, and memory to make this a worthwhile experience. This is a promising first outing for Meuret.