The Waters Rising is the first novel I've read by Tepper in a long time, and in spite of the mostly positive reviews, I found it less than riveting. I could almost like the characters, but not quite. I don't mean I disliked them, but that I couldn't quite believe in them. They felt thin, for the most part; there were plenty of details, but the characters just didn't quite breathe. The plot didn't really create a sense of suspense for me, either. The novel seems heavy, pedantic. Yes, human beings are destructive, to themselves and to the environment--a worthy, if not original theme, but the imagined result of the novel didn't work for me.
The little twist at the end was not a surprise either.
Other reviews: Killing Time Reading, Between the Covers
Fiction. Fantasy/SciFi. 2010. 512 pages.