Early 5 bat! Review: Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

December 7, 2010 Uncategorized 10

*This title will be released on February 15,

Aftertime Title: Aftertime
Author: Sophie Littlefield

Series: Aftertime #1
Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Excerpt: Yes

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (February 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0373803362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803361
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A couple sex scenes


Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for
a friend.


The world’s gone.

Worse, so is her daughter.

Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely
recalls surviving something terrible. Having no idea how many days—or weeks—have
passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished.

And with her, nearly all of civilization. Where once-lush hills carried cars
and commerce, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters—people turned
hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong.

In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get
her Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsider, let alone a woman who became a
zombie and somehow turned back, but she finds help from an enigmatic outlaw,
Smoke. Smoke is her savior, and her safety. For the Beaters are out there. And
the humans grip at survival with their trigger fingers. Especially when they
learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, of weapons
in a brave new world….


I’m unabashedly obsessed with the new AMC
show The Walking Dead about the zombie apocalypse and the few remaining
human’s struggle for survival.  It’s shocking, and heartbreaking, and so beyond
words awesome that my love for zombies has reached an all new high.  I can’t get
enough.  Which is why I’m geeking out of my mind after reading
AFTERTIME because I felt almost the same way reading it as I do
watching The Walking Dead: Captivated.

The story follows Cass, a young mother and recovering addict, as she searches
desperately for her daughter mere months after the mysterious infection set in
and turned most of the population into ravenous, cannibalistic zombies.  Her
only companion is a reclusive man known simply as Smoke.  He agrees for his own
reasons to help Cass and together they brave a world that is barely recognizable
anymore.  Zombies carry off children to feast on in their nests, power hungry
men seize what little society is left and begin Rebuilding it to suit
themselves, cults thrive, oblivion is sought after by anyone sane enough to know
what’s happening on the streets each night.  The horror is unimaginable.

This is the world the Cass wakes up in.  Alone and nearly skinned. Desperate
to find her daughter, terrified of what she can’t remember, and fiercely
determined to survive.  She’s like Terminator’s Sarah Connor and
Downside Ghost’s Chess Putnam rolled into one.  A deeply damaged woman
with a seedy drug and alcohol hazed past full of dark alleys and strange beds. 
She’s clawed her way out of addiction and has only one care in the world: her

The story is epic in scope.  We get a real sense of the entire world ending
and waking up to a nightmarish reality that few could have imagined. We never
leave the POV of Cass, yet the people she encounters, both friend and foe, add
their own piece to the Aftertime world. The dialogue in the first half of the
book is understandably scant, but the story itself is startling and
unputdownable from beginning to end.

AFTERTIME is hands down the best zombie book I’ve read all
year.  Hide your wife, hide your kids, and hide your husbands ‘cause they eating
everybody out here.  Seriously.  No word on the sequel yet, but
AFTERTIME is the start of a planned series.  So please go buy
this book when you can.  I  have to know what happens next.

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10 Responses to “Early 5 bat! Review: Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield”

  1. Kelly aka yllektra(I Work For Books)

    Oh, wow!!
    I so need to get my hands on this one, because, I am , too, a zombie fanatic and this book seems to be right up my alley, as they say! XDD
    Thanks so much for this review/rec!
    I'm totally checking it out, as soon as it is out.
    And I am so with you on "The Walking Dead". It's a brilliant show!

  2. Karen Mahoney

    "Hide your wife, hide your kids, and hide your husbands ‘cause they eating everybody out here."

    Hahahahaha!!! I am seriously wiping tears of laughter away, right now. BEST line in a review EVER. (I love that youtube video).


  3. van_pham

    Hahaha I agree with Karen! BESSSTT LINE i have ever read in a review 😀

    This book sounds great, but March is still sooo far xP

  4. Vampire Book Club

    This sounds fantastic. (I, too, am obsessed with The Walking Dead.) Thanks for the great review, Abigail…and now I add it to my TBR.

    Also, "Hide your wife, hide your kids, and hide your husbands ‘cause they eating everybody out here." is the best line in a review I've read in ages. LOL

    Chelsea / Vampire Book Club

  5. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Kelly – Seriously, if you like The Walking Dead, AFTERTIME is going to be perfect.

    Kaz – I love those songify videos and it fit so perfectly with this review 🙂

    Van_pham – I normally don't review books this early, but the publisher was hoping for early buzz and I was dying to tell everyone how awesome this book was.

    Chelsea – Oh good. I'm really hoping we can help get the word out about this one. So fantastic!

  6. Catherine

    Wow, this sounds excellent. I'm more turned off than turned on by the comparison to Chess Putnam, but I still think I'll give it a shot anyway. Thanks for the great review bringing this to my attention!

  7. Tara SG (25 Hour Books)

    "Hide your wife, hide your kids, and hide your husbands ‘cause they eating everybody out here." Hahahaha

    Ok so I'm not a big zombie fan… but I think I have to give this a try. I should probably also start watching The Walking Dead…