Rebirth (Aftertime #2)
Sophie Littlefield's second Aftertime novel continues the post-apocalyptic struggle to stay alive by Cass Dollar and other survivors of war and a genetic engineering disaster that spawned incalculable numbers of zombie-like cannibals. In Rebirth, Cass must not only fight to stay keep her daughter and herself alive; she must also cope with the absence of Smoke, her lover an...more
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 ...more
. I did not like it.
Fast forward. The last part of the book (can’t exactly remember w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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?)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
So what happened here? Ca ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is the second book in the Aftertime series. I very nearly loved the first book. It was enthralling and I couldn’t put it down. In the first book I thought the ending was rushed and I had issues with the gore factor. I didn’t have either of those problems with this book. Maybe because I’ve read a few other books that made me go ick ...more
Fast forward—distant future. California is virtually a ghost town compared to today’s state. It’s a devastated, raw, dog-eat-dog situation and no one is safe. Beaters are everywhere and they only want one thing…food—the human kind.
Dor is a complicated changing mix of silence, mystery, humanness, and power as well as the head of the survivalist community known as The Order who lives in a place dubbed The Box.
Cass Dollar has beaten horrible odds to get her missing ...more
Sophie is also the author of:
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (Minotaur, 2010)
A BAD D ...more