Friday, February 18, 2011

Aftertime (ARC)

Author: Sophie Littlefield
Genre: Adult – Dystopian/Horror
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Age Range: Adult
Pages: 384
Date Scoot Read: February 2011
: eGalley from NetGalley & Luna Books

Scoot's Rating: 6- Good read with small flaws.

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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....

Scoot’s Review:
Aftertime is a dark, gritty and heartbreaking novel.  In a world where the few survivors are still fighting for that survival Cass wakes up after being attacked by Beaters.  She is alone and her young daughter is far away from her.  We follow Cass as she struggles to find safety and her daughter in the post apocalyptic world.  This book was sad; Cass’s life from before the world became something we wouldn’t recognize was already rough. Abuse, alcoholism and having her daughter taken away from her had already made Cass’s heart and mind a confusing place. Throw Beaters and Rebuilders into the mix and her life is chaos.   I liked the overall story but it was a tough read for me.  There was not very much happy in this book; a lot of angst and harrowing moments.  The romance wasn’t even uplifting to me, because it seemed to be happening for all of the wrong reasons and I wasn’t comfortable with the explicitness of it.  However, I really wanted Cass to be able to find her daughter and I couldn’t stop reading despite the depressing mood of the novel.  The story flowed well and had a lot of zombie-packed action to keep things intense.  Smoke was a mysterious character who I wish we could have known more about.  I was really happy with the ending; if not how abrupt it was.  I wanted a few more pages after the last one!

Content Warnings: Crude language, drug use, violence, two explicit sexual scenes

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