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Aftertime (Aftertime #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,922 Ratings  ·  396 Reviews

Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Having no idea how many 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 hun
ebook, 306 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Luna Books (first published February 22nd 2011)
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Wendy Darling
2.5 stars. Meh. Maybe I’ve read too many great zombie novels recently.

This particular story takes place following the catastrophic fallout from biological warfare and genetic engineering, when survivors are trying to rebuild civilization. Cass Dollar wakes up alone in the wild foothills of California, missing inconvenient chunks of her memory as well as of her flesh. She immediately takes up with various different people on the quest to find her missing daughter Ruthie, a difficult task since it


Most of the people who follow my reviews regularly know by now that I'm a HUGE fan of Sophie Littlefield's work. Yes, I've read all of one book of hers, but sometimes you just know when an author has hit the jackpot in the talent pool. Banished is one of the most exciting YA books I've come across this year, and now I have another Littlefield gem to add to my collection, Aftertime.

I've been lucky enough to read some very interesting dystopian fiction in the YA category recentl
May 23, 2012 AH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to AH by: Alisha
4.5 stars

A little disclaimer here – I am not a fan of zombie books. I do not actively seek them out. I’m squeamish. I tend to shy away from undead creatures that are afflicted with rotting body parts. (Why is it that their teeth seem to never fall out?) Zombies are not, and never could be, as seductive as vampires. Zombies just don’t have the muscular physique of the average were. Zombies just aren’t attractive – and definitely not sexy.

Imagine my surprise when I decided that I liked this book.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Made the Best Badass Zombie book list...

I love horror books with lots of gore. I love zombie books. I love romance books. I love dystopian books. If you can put all my “love” into one book, I’m a really, really happy girl.

I’m a happy girl.

This book had it all and the author managed to put it all together quite effectively. The story starts simple enough. Cass wakes up and goes on a search for her daughter. There are zombies everywhere and something really
Dec 02, 2011 Katy rated it it was ok
This book just wasn't for me, which is sad because I love pretty much all dystopian. It had potential, but it was SO dull! It took me several days to read it - which is highly unusual for me - and even after taking a weeklong break from it to read some really good books, I came back to it to find my feelings hadn't changed.

I can't really put my finger on it, but I had a hard time staying focused on the book. I guess it wasn't just one thing but a bunch of different little things basically subpar
Marg K.
Jun 11, 2011 Marg K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-rating
When the world falls apart and all you've ever known is taken away—your life turned upside down—how will you survive?

How will you adapt?

Will you change, and if so, who will you choose to become?

What beliefs will you hold on to?

What will you be willing to fight for?

Will you lead or will you follow?

These are the questions that I look for in dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. It is the exploration of human nature & behavior that fascinates me.

One of the strongest of all animal instincts is the
Feb 22, 2011 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of women's fiction AND zombies. ^_^
Shelves: ac-g, favorites
Rating: 4.5 (June 2011 Note: Really, it's a 5 star and favorite book. I just don't like changing ratings after I've posted the review; should've given the rating more thought before finalizing, but oh, well!)

Quick Take: This book had my pulse racing for much of the time I spent reading it. The lush visuals, the emotions, the mystery and (of course) the high chill-factor made this an absolutely wonderful read. I was so spooked and unnerved, but absolutely could not tear my eyes from the page.

Maybe 3.5 stars for the rushed ending.

This book surprised me by making me remember how squeamish I can be. I love horror, and I particularly love zombies, but it’s usually only movies that succeed at grossing me out (no Saw-style torture porn for me!); books, for whatever reason, and however viscerally the violence is described, often don’t have the same punch. Not so, Aftertime. The zombies in this post-apocalyptic, introspective thriller, about a woman who inexplicably survives a zombie attack
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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 Ca
Mar 28, 2015 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how I feel about this.
Misericordia ❣
This book felt fragmented and distorted. Can't finish it, really. I may give it another try in some time, though.
Oct 17, 2011 Brandi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is horrible. The synopsis says this is an arresting novel and I will never understand how this is so. The characters are barely developed, the explanation of events is not explained in a logical way, the author goes to such lengths in the desciptions that I skipped whole paragraphs, and the relationship that was supposed to be center to the story (mother/daughter) is merely filler for the "love" story. The whole thing made me angry knowing that I spent money on it.

I don't even think s
Laura Lulu
Eh, 3.5 stars. I liked it, I loved the world building, I like Cass, I feel her pain, but I think I might have liked her more, and felt her pain a bit more personally if it had been written in 1st person, rather than third.

But what really kept me from giving it 4 stars was Smoke. I wanted to like him, I'm always a sucker for the stoic martyr hero, but he just felt so one-dimensional--I'm hoping he gets waaaaay more fleshed out in the second book. Which I'm starting now. So I did like it, but I d
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Cass Dollar is a survivor and already through her third life. She managed to hang on through her first life, the one Before, though she struggled with alcoholism and made poor life choices. Then she managed to keep herself together in the Aftertime, when the world has fallen prey to bio-terrorism and failed governments. She tries to eke out an existence for herself and her little girl Ruthie until that fateful day that she becomes separated from her baby. The day that the "Beaters" capture her a ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cass woke up brutally scarred with no memory of where she is, only having the horrifying thought that her daughter is missing. In a land mostly barren she makes her way back to where she last saw Ruthie. Her journey is long and hard as the landscape isn't the only obstacle. A government plant turned hoards of people into mindless flesh eaters called Beaters. In the last stretch towards home, she meets up with the mysterious Smoke. He quickly becomes her only chance at surviving to find her daugh ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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4.5 stars

Cass Dollar is lost and afraid, in a zombie wasteland. After waking up with her hair pulled out, skin flayed and raw, and at a loss as to where she is, she wanders the ruins until she comes across a young girl with a knife. This girl will lead her to a shelter, on of the last human outposts after bioterrorists have decimated the world, and left diseased, skin eating zombies, roaming and devouring. At the shelter s
Sep 28, 2012 Torzilla marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
If I had to describe AFTERTIME in one word, it would be: meh.

I actually thought that this was going to be a YA initially. Not entirely sure why I got the YA-vibe from the cover, but you can imagine my shock when a sexytime scene came at about the 120 page mark (I think it was around there).

Let's start from the beginning, though. This was the first book I read following my month of not reading for pleasure by the end of the college semester. I was anticipating a great read, particularly because o
Mar 19, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I’ve read by Littlefield who writes across a slew of genres and had a fun time of it. “Fun times” for me do involve pseudozombies running amok across an apocalyptic world (Thanks for asking!) So yeah, this fits the bill.

Aftertime takes place in a dystopian future where agriculture in the United States had been wiped out by a bioterror attack. This of course ground modern civilization to a half. After that, a viral property in a synthetized plant the government hoped would
Thank you Sophie Littlefield!

You are an awesome writer.

Yes it's a part of a series...and yes I've put it on my "stand alone" shelf...and I'm going to say, thank you Sophie Littlefield a second time because I can do that.
Jun 23, 2012 Leea rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Wow... Different than any other apocalypse book i've read. I cannot wait to read the next book and find out what happens to Cass, Smoke and Ruthie.
At the beginning of Aftertime I believed that Cass was going to be a strong, kick-ass heroine. However, it slowly became clear that Cass was weak and rife with personality flaws (alcoholic, used sex to fill a void, steals). I was thoroughly disappointed in her and the first half of the book was a solid 2 stars. However things began to pick up when the conflict with the Rebuilders came into play, and slowly Cass actually became worth my time.

Overall, I'm glad I forced myself through the first hal
Feb 04, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by:
Shelves: para-zombies
I love zombie novels and Aftertime is just that. The Beaters in Aftertime are zombies, and what I loved most about this book is that there is an explanation as to why they came about. The world in Aftertime was post-apocalyptic well before the Beaters were created. In trying to save the people of the United States, the government screwed up, sending seeds for blueleaf mixed with the kaysev seeds. Kaysev seeds grow into plants that contained all human dietary requirements. Blueleaf causes an illn ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
That was... intense.

In a post-apocolyptic dystopia, civilization has fallen and Beaters, mindless flesh-eating zombies created by a disease originally spread by a plant dispersed through biological warfare, threaten the lives of everyone in existence.

Cass was captured by the Beaters only to awaken two months later with no memory of what had happened to her, and wounds that indicated that not only had she been a victim of the Beaters, but that she herself had been infected and had recovered.

Yolanda Sfetsos
Jun 01, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
I absolutely adore the zombie genre, and happen to have a bunch of zombie books that I haven't gotten a chance to read yet... so, I've decided to read a zombie book whenever I can. I've also been going out of my way to check out what else is out there in this wonderful genre.

This happened to be the next book I decided to read.

And, wow. This is one awesome book, starring a seriously scarred heroine. She's so damaged that every action she makes, and every thought she has, fills her with self-doubt
Ahhhhh. Okay, I know that’s not a proper way to begin a review, but please bear with me, okay? Because I’m having a VERY hard time articulating my thoughts on this book. And by very hard I mean I’ve written and erased and rewritten it approximately a dozen times. Well, two’s more like it, but still.

To begin with, I had never read anything, or even watched anything, with zombies in it before this book. But when I got Aftertime’s sequel Rebirth on Netgalley, I thought, Why not? Especially consider
Bishop Harber
Jul 14, 2013 Bishop Harber rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
There is a reason I don't particularly care for zombie novels. What exactly do they bring to the table of horror that can't be provided through some other avenue or with a different creature altogether? Or maybe it's just that Mira Grant raised the bar so high with her Newsflesh Trilogy—while surprising me that I could actually enjoy a book with zombies—that everything pales by comparison.

And then there is Aftertime. It sets the bar so low you might as well wish you were doing anything else wit

It was... okay. I'd originally picked it up because of the blurb on the back cover, having known nothing at all about it or the author otherwise. But the zombie mythos here was very different, and that intrigued me. And it continued to keep me interested throughout the novel.

But overall, I feel that this left a lot of things unfinished. Sure, we tied up all the plotlines, but some of them were done so quickly and so haphazardly that I never got the feeling of resolution. The ending for example
Apr 19, 2011 Bc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is OK. I fully acknowledge that it might even be better than just OK for some people.

The world and overall environment are fairly interesting. Others have described it in their reviews. The dialogue and story telling are reasonably good as well.

My problem with the book is that it seems the entire book is focused on the internal conflicts of the protagonist. Where the main plot-line of many fantasy books is a "coming of age" story; this book is a "coming to grips with oneself" story.
Feb 21, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic novels (and movies and video games...). There's something compelling about what life would be like after the end, something frightening and fascinating all at the same time. Aftertime is a fine entry into the genre, blending zombie horror seamlessly with a very human, emotional story.

Aftertime is a methodical novel. The pace is slow through the first half of the story, as Cass slowly regains her memory and tries to relearn how to fit into society--what's left
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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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