Author: Sophie Littlefield
Series: Aftertime #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
A couple sex scenes
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.