Author: Sophie Littlefield
Series: Aftertime #3
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Abigail
References to sex. A scene of sensuality. References to child molestation
Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.
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….
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.
; This series is for you and everyone else who wants to be riveted by a story and the characters who live it.