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Rebirth (Aftertime #2)

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The end of the world was just the beginning

Civilization has fallen, leaving California an unforgiving, decimated place. But Cass Dollar beat terrible odds to get her missing daughter back—she and Ruthie will be happy.

Yet with the first winter, Cass is reminded that happiness is fleeting in Aftertime. Ruthie retreats into silence.

Flesh—eating Beaters still dominate the land
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Luna
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One of the reasons I really admire Sophie Littlefield as an author is because she's not afraid of testing the boundaries. Practically every second book I see on the shelves is either a Twilight rip-off (if PNR) or a Hunger Games rip-off (if dystopian). Even adult books suddenly seem to be trying out the YA formula, with some sex tossed in. Not cool, you guys, not cool.

Sophie, on the other hand, does not shy away from the hard facts. Despite writing for an imprint that is known to go soft on rea
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I was all over the place reading this book. I’m not sure why but I could not stand the beginning of this book. It was so dark, depressing, and very trying on my patience. I was really annoyed with not only Smoke but also Cassie. It seemed like the story was setup. Littlefield needed to create this wild scenario for there to be a book 2 so she just set it up for Smoke (view spoiler)
. I did not like it.

Fast forward. The last part of the book (can’t exactly remember w
4.5 stars.

I love this series, I love it. I plan on re-reading it soon and am jonesing for the release of #3 in 2012. This book made me cry, made me laugh -- and made me stay up late reading. I felt Cassie's pain and her anger. Sophie Littlefield is an amazing author who tells an amazing tale.

The setting for this story is in post-apocalyptic California, post the bio destruction of the land during wars, post the collapse of the government, and post the rise of a zombie type creature that was crea
Mar 28, 2015 Tamara rated it liked it
I don't like how the author constantly uses a woman's body to get what she wants....
Aug 13, 2015 SuperHeroQwimm rated it it was ok
Super slut shaming and annoying religious undertones and the only real encounter with beaters (zombies) occurred within the last 20 pages of a near 400 page book! Oh and let's not forget that all 3, maybe 4 "sex scenes" were either rape or rape-ish. This one is a real winner. /sarcasm.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jun 15, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it it was amazing
It's an exceptional author who can move you with the beauty of the emotions they evoke. It's more obvious when it's joy, hope or love. But just as beautiful, in their own way, are the wrenching feelings Sophie Littlefield elicits in her dystopian Aftertime trilogy. In this second installment, we see grief, despair, and hopelessness. It's heartbreaking, but you can't look away. You don't want to look away. You keep reading, refusing to relinquish the hope that after the darkness will come the daw ...more
What an ending....

May contain mild spoilers for the first book in the series - Aftertime. If you haven't read Aftertime, what are you waiting for?

When I finished reading Aftertime, I was left with a sense of hope. Cass, Ruthie, and Smoke were a family. The world was beginning to show signs of Rebirth: young seedlings were starting to sprout.

Good things don’t last too long in this world that was destroyed by biological warfare and a disease that turned most of the population into flesh eating Be
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 14, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

REBIRTH is part The Walking Dead, part The Road, and part something totally new and engrossing. AFTERTIME threw us into a chaotic post apocalyptic world along with Cass and let us experience the first horrors that eventually destroyed life as we know it. As the title suggests, REBIRTH is a new beginning both for Cass and those who survived the zombie apocalypse, a beautiful and baleful story of horror and hope.

Like every good dystopian book, there is pl
Jul 29, 2011 Alisha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dystopian fans, those who like emotion with their horror/gothic fiction
Shelves: ac-g, favorites
Quick Take:
This book, every bit as amazing as its predecessor—if not more so—takes a slightly different thematic and narrative focus whilst maintaining many of the elements that made the first book such a standout. An absolutely wonderful piece of speculative fiction.

Yes indeed, Ms. Littlefield does it again! In this sequel to the amazing Aftertime, a fascinating premise and excellent narrative execution is built upon and expanded. This book is certainly not its predecessor, taking a diff
I liked this book better than the first book. Smoke, Cass, and Ruthie have been a family in the Box since Ruthie was rescued from the convent. Smoke is head of security and Cass grows food and medicine in her garden. All is as good as things get in Aftertime, until Smoke gets news that the school where Cass met him has been captured by Rebuilders. Smoke is set on revenge and leaves to kill the Rebuilders involved without saying good-bye to Cass. Cass feels abandoned and betrayed, and the wall of ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Leea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy

4.5 stars...

Her first words to Ruthie, whispered so softly that the doctors and nurses did not hear, that no one save her baby girl would ever hear, were, “You’re mine, and I am yours.”

Rebirth is the second book in the Aftertime series by Sofia Littlefield. It takes place right where Aftertime left off and you find Cass, Ruthie, and Smoke living in the Box. Things are going great, Cass and Smoke have fallen into a beautiful domestic bliss, well what one would call bliss when the world as we k
Fiona Shin
Jan 16, 2012 Fiona Shin rated it it was ok
As a writer, I have a really hard time writing reviews for other writers. A lot of it is "I'm a writer...they're writers...what if people think I'm being biased?" or "What if people think I'm just jelus?" or even "OMG, what if I meet this person in the future and they remember what I wrote?!"

I LOVED Aftertime.

You need to know this.

I EFFING loved it.

Except for one issue, but that's really not the point.

(Hey, then why did you mention it, you git?)

...moving along...



Jun 22, 2014 Netanella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First paragraph:
The first snowflake Aftertime was like no snowflake that ever fell Before. Cass nearly missed it, kneeling on the matted dead kaysev plants, their woody stalks poking into her skin through the thick leggings she wore beneath her dress. Her eyes had been closed, but Randall had gone on too long, the way people do when they are trying to say something meaningful about someone they didn’t know well. After a while Cass grew restless and began to look around, and there, not two feet
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jun 01, 2011 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it really liked it
I love Cass Dollar. She is not a heroine I envy or want to be, but I love her strengths. She has will power, drive and a desire to see her daughter live and thrive in a world where that no longer seems like a possibility. Cass has been down many difficult roads in life, she has filled her life with numerous poor decisions and yet she still goes on. Rebirth picks up shortly after the end of Aftertime. Cass has her daughter Ruthie back. She is living at the Box with her lover Smoke, life is going ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
Memorable passage: '...the truck offered them exactly what they wanted: a shelter with only one way in, a dark box that would serve as their butcher's table and which would run with the blood of the fallen.'

The follow up to 'Aftertime', Sophie Littlefield's post apocalyptic California-based zombie (Beaters as they're known here) survival horror is just as suspenseful and vivid as any of its kind. A morbid opening unleashes a torrent of dread and sets the tone for the rest of the novel as a Box
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I almost gave up on this one. Only my faith in how well Aftertime pulled it together and the fact that some Goodreads friends insisted this book improved kept me going during the first half of this sequel, when Smoke disappears to go on a revenge quest after the Rebuilders attack the school where he once lived and Cass descends even further into equivocation and self-loathing, mooning around beating herself up for trusting him and then beating herself up for not being g
Aug 30, 2011 Rose rated it it was ok
When you hope that the zombies running amok in a story go ahead & catch the main character & eat her just so you won't have to put up with her anymore, well, that's not a good sign. Though the story picked up a little towards the end with an action packed closing the rest of it wasn't to my liking. Cass, the main character is a whiny, sleazy, angry, weak idiot. Every time she started in on the self loathing & said things about hating herself I agreed wholeheartedly with her uselessne ...more
I got this book this morning and have read the last page now! Holy cow I couldn't put it down. I really like Cass. I'm not sure how many layers of Hell this young woman has seen but I think Dante would be proud. She is hard and capable, but never seems to border on unsociable. Even through it all she has a touch of humanity and a very loving supportive relationship with her daughter. Her personal issues are not small by any means and I like how she deals with them and is trying to accept who she ...more
❤ Jothee ❤
Jan 02, 2015 ❤ Jothee ❤ rated it did not like it
I couldn't help but say that this was a huge disappointment for me. The first book in the Trilogy blew me away. When I finished it, it sort of led me on that Smoke and Cassie and Ruthie will have, not a happy ending but a content one. Cass's journey to find Ruthie, discovering what happened to her, and the development between Smoke and her were the factors that drew me in. Together with the dangerous path with the Rebuilders, Beaters and Covenant; Aftertime was awesome.

So what happened here? Ca
Meg McGregor
Nov 11, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just when I think, this story can't possibly get any better, it does!

It has everything. A great plot, wonderful characters that I really do care about, a romantic triangle, Beaters who will literally eat you alive, and a female progtagonist, Cass, who is flawed in so many ways but unendingly tries to make a better life for her little daughter, Ruthie.

Another reason I feel this book is amazing is by the author's use of description to create "Polaroid snapshots" in your mind of this dystopian
Dec 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Several elements of the Aftertime series by Sophie Littlefield elevate the books far above standard dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature: 1. Beautiful, gorgeous, lyrical prose 2. Interesting, complex, complicated three dimensional characters 3. Plausible, unique setting -- bio terrorism has ended the world as we know it and created "Beaters" (mindless zombie-like creatures) 4. Interesting plot. In Rebirth, the second full-length story in the series, recovering alcoholic Cass leaves the Box. Cas ...more
Tracy Murray
May 18, 2011 Tracy Murray rated it it was ok
Well, I rated book one with one star and book two with two stars. I think this bodes very well for books four and five! I'm afraid my complaint with this book is the same as with it's predecessor. It's slow. The main character Cass has people all around her, all the time, but there is no conversation. It's all internal reflections. This is an apocalyptic zombie book, the one thing it shouldn't be is boring.
May 30, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin-luna
Even better than the first one! Love Cass a very strong woman who is willing to do anything for the ones she loves.
Nov 21, 2014 Betelgeuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi apprezza i personaggi che riescono a sopravvivere.
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Cass e Smoke sono al sicuro, insieme, e con la piccola Ruthie potrebbero finalmente costruire un futuro insieme. Nella comunità governata da Dor sembrano aver trovato un posto dove stare, un lavoro per mantenersi e un pizzico di felicità.

Però il passato torna ad affacciarsi con prepotenza nelle loro vite. La piccola Ruthie è ancora traumatizzata per quello che le è successo e non da segni di voler parlare. Il suo comportamento però inizia a mostrare
Chiara Cilli
May 03, 2014 Chiara Cilli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'avevo preannunciato e così è stato! Questo capitolo è stato molto più interessante del precedente :) Tralasciamo il fatto che l'ambientazione non mi piace affatto - quindi ho saltato un bel po' - sono stata irrimediabilmente rapita dal 'nuovo' (l'avevamo già visto nel precedente, all'arrivo di Cass e Smoke alla Scatola) personaggio maschile: il super sexy e super virile Dor. In questo libro quel co*****e di Smoke (scusate, ma quando ci vuole, ci vuole :angry: ) è partito alla volta di Colima p ...more
Nadine Jones
For the three-quarters of this book, I felt so utterly DEFLATED. It really dragged. I found the first book, Aftertime , to be such a pleasant surprise, it was so completely not what I expected, it was so REAL. Rebirth is also real, and gritty, and all that other stuff, but it ALSO feels like such a retread. It's not fresh any more; it's the first book all over again, but sort of in reverse. In Aftertime, Cass starts with nothing, and gradually accumulates everything worth having. In Rebirth she ...more
I still appreciate that this book focuses on a very screwed-up adult heroine who ironically couldn't function in "normal" modern society but seems made to thrive in the post-apocalyptic world.

BUT - I do not care about her romantic woes, which turn out to be much too much of the focus of this book. Should Cass stick with her love Smoke, or her equally dangerous fuck-buddy Dor? Whatever, Cass, you obviously will never be really happy with either of them since you need some really good therapy or
Cindy Crawford
Feb 12, 2012 Cindy Crawford rated it liked it
Great sequel to Aftertime. The first book was good, but I like this one better. In the first book, there seemed little doubt that Cass would find her daughter, and the description of what had happened to Cass both before and after the zombie apocolypse sometimes got a little redundant.

Even though Cass and Ruthie are together in this book, the emotional impact here has more depth. Smoke leaves Cass to get revenge on the Rebuilders who have attacked the school where he and Cass first met, killing

I obviously really love reading and I tend to stick to a certain genre or feel. One thing that I love that I never see enough of is really dark, tortured characters who are so flawed you wonder how you can even like them, let alone relate to them or want to read their story. Most protagonists are practically perfect and have their stuff together, even if that isn’t how normal people are in real life. One of the things I love the most about Sophie Littlefield’s Aftertime series is that Cass Dolla
Jenny Q
Sep 27, 2011 Jenny Q rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was so impressed with Sophie Littlefield's Aftertime, that I had to read Rebirth right away. It's very hard to review this series without letting spoilers slip, so mostly I'm just going to tell you a bit about why I like these books so much. Aftertime was my first zombie novel and I thought Littlefield did a fantastic job of immersing the reader in her post-apocalytpic world without bogging the story down in details and backstory. Biological warfare destroyed the world's food supply and poison ...more
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Sophie's first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009) has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Barry, and Crimespree awards, and won the Anthony Award and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her novel AFTERTIME was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Horror award.

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