Early Review: Horizon by Sophie Littlefield

January 23, 2012 Review 8 ★★★★★

*This title will be released on January 24, 2012*

Horizon (Aftertime, #3) Title: Horizon
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Series: Aftertime #3
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Netgalley
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (January 24, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0373803427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803422

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Sexual Content:

References to sex. A scene of sensuality. References to child molestation


Rating:

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


Description

Cass Dollar is a survivor. She’s overcome the meltdown of civilization, humans turned mindless cannibals, and the many evils of man.

But from beneath the devastated California landscape emerges a tendril of hope. A mysterious traveler arrives at New Eden with knowledge of a passageway North—a final escape from the increasingly cunning Beaters. Clutching this dream, Cass and many others decamp and follow him into the unknown.

Journeying down valleys and over barren hills, Cass remains torn between two men. One—her beloved Smoke—is not so innocent as he once was. The other keeps a primal hold on her that feels like Fate itself. And beneath it all, Cass must confront the worst of what’s inside her—dark memories from when she was a Beater herself. But she, and all of the other survivors, will fight to the death for the promise of a new horizon….

Review

HORIZON, the final book in Sophie Littlefield’s ground breaking, post-apocalyptic, zombie infested, Aftertime trilogy was everything I hoped and feared it would be.

Like the two books before it, HORIZON is a gut-wrenching, emotionally captivating, phenomenally executed book.  The writing is sensory on every level.  The descriptions of the Afterime world are so exquisitely written that I can even now close my eyes and see the New Eden compound, smell kaysev plants, and taste the liquor on Dor’s lips.  The emotions were just as vivid.  I was afraid reading this book, genuinely and terribly frightened in certain scenes.  And that fear was made all the more palpable because of the bright bursts of hope and even happiness that Cass (and I) experienced.

Cass.  She is the beating and broken heart of the Afterime series.  I can’t begin to think of another character who has transformed as much as she has.  She started out as an addict to any and everything.  Someone who chose vice over her baby one too many times.  We met her as a shambling, almost putrid individual in AFTERTIME, at the edge of her miserable life.  Just like the barren world of Aftertime, she had nothing but a tiny spark of desire for redemption.  And that’s what she did.  Slowly, agonizingly slow in some places, she clawed her way out of shame and the wretchedness that she had existed in.  She fell a lot.  Stumbled in ways that made me want to scream at her and for her.  But she always got back up. She was reborn in REBIRTH, and in HORIZON, she gets to take her first faltering steps as the woman she never hoped she could be.  The woman I always knew she was.

Because of the masterful writing, Cass and I breathed the same air for three books.  When she bled, I bled.  When Beaters attacked, I stood right next to Cass with my own knife.  When she looked at the two very different men in her life, my heart tore with hers.   To say I became invested in Cass (and the other remarkably real characters in this series) doesn’t begin to describe the connection I feel with her and her broken world.

Of the 400+ books that have been reviewed on this site, only one series has received perfect 5/5 ratings for every book: the Aftertime series by Sophie Littlefield. I can’t really believe it myself, but each book really is that good, and HORIZON is the perfect conclusion.  Shocking revelations, more fantastic character redemption, and best of all hope.  I don’t care if you like zombies or not.  If post apocalyptic fiction intrigues you or not.&nbsp
; This series is for you and everyone else who wants to be riveted by a story and the characters who live it.

Previous Books in Series
Also Reviewed By:
  1. Aftertime – 5/5
  2. Rebirth – 5/5

8 Responses to “Early Review: Horizon by Sophie Littlefield”

  1. Abigail

    Couldn't agree more. And you should check out Sophie's YA zombie series beginning with BANISHED. Very different, but very good too.

  2. Shannon@BooksDevoured

    I am so excited that you loved this one. I have to admit that I loved the first book but I was having a hard time connecting to Cass. By the end of the second book though, I feel like I really understood her better. I am so excited about the third one, I can not wait to read it! I am glad to know that you think this is a great ending too. I am always scared to read the last in a series because I don't want it to ruin the others for me!

  3. Abigail

    Shannon,

    If you loved the first two, there is no way you'll be disappointed with this last one. Surprised, yes, but the ending is completely satisfying and very true to the characters.

  4. SciFiGuy

    Couldn't agree more about the series. Aftertime and Rebirth were my picks for best books last year. Good to know the final book wraps it up on a great note.

  5. SciFiGuy

    Also meant to mention that the cover is very closely reminiscent of the original poster for Mad Max, another terrific post-apocalyptic story.

  6. Abigail

    It's actually depressing knowing that there won't be anything else this good…well, until Sophie writes her next book.