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Rebirth (Aftertime #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,121 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews

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

ebook, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Luna (first published July 19th 2011)
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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  ·  review of another edition
I don't like how the author constantly uses a woman's body to get what she wants....
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.
Katie Michaels
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
Jul 11, 2012 Leea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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...



Apr 27, 2011 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
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
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
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
Vanessa theJeepDiva
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 22, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2012 Netanella rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2011 Rose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tracy Murray
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.
Dec 20, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)

MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

EXPECTATIONS: Okay so Rebirth is the second installment in Aftertime series by Sophie Littlefield. I have started this series pretty recently and felt all the way to the bottom in love with it so no surprise I ended up picking up the second book almost immediately.

THE WORLD: As the blurb already indicated, the world has fallen. Once upon a time there was a virus releases which turned people in Beaters aka Zombies and now they are after the survivors. Pretty mu
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Adult Dystopian-Zombies


Rebirth, by Sophie Littlefield, is the second book in the Aftertime series. It has only been eight months since the air force rained Kaysev down from the sky during their last flights in hopes of saving the remaining survivors of a bio terrorism attack. The plant was meant to feed the population, but instead caused widespread panic because of what happened with the blueleaf fever that spawned the Beaters in the first place. Originally it was li

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*Spoilers for Aftertime are present in this review*

Rebirth takes place a few months after the events of Aftertime. Cass has Ruthie back, and the two of them, plus Smoke, are now a seemingly perfect little family - but this semblance of a fairytale life (as much as one can have in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden world) in the Box is about to change.

Smoke receives word that the Rebuilders, who give people two choices: JOIN or DIE, have
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Okay, I’ll admit it – I was more than a little disappointed in how this sequel was executed. There was a great deal of omitted information in terms of what happened between the end of the first book and the start of the second, which is going to be released in novella format in July, right before the release of this book. Hopefully reading that will fill in the blanks, but until then, I’ll review based on what I know.

I knew that Cass had some serious issues with sexual abuse and hypersexuality a
Cass Dollar is my new Kara Thrace. I don't really know what to say after having read this second installment in Sophie Littlefield's Aftertime series. I was shocked, appalled, annoyed, bored & completely riveted in awe. There's a lot going on here & it's not for the faint of heart. Still, the Beaters are not the worst or most dangerous thing going on. I very much love that.

I must admit that my annoyance was mostly surrounding Cass & her reasoning to leave the Box... (view spoiler)
Blood Rose Books
Sophie Littlefield has returned with her sequel in the dystopain series Rebirth. Littlefield has not created a series that could be read out of order or stand alone novel, you need to read the first book Aftertime. There are spoilers from the first book in the review below, so if you are interested in reading this series I suggest you read my review of Aftertime first. Now that you have been warned.....

Civilization as we've known it has fallen, especially in the state of California. Cassandra Do
May 29, 2011 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Rebirth. The book has sex and violence (rape).

We've all heard of incidents where violence runs amuck. Where chaos reigns and law and order seems nonexistent. Usually such scenes can be found after a disaster of a large magnitude. This is what has happened in Aftertime (the name of the first book in the series). A bio terrorist attack on the US left many dead and others fighting to survive. Next, a bioengineering experiment gone wrong left a portio
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here:

Now for those that don’t know or haven’t seen it yet, I gave Aftertime (book 1) a huge rating. Well Sophie Littlefield has done it again with Rebirth. The sequel coming out quickly after its debut packs as big of an emotional punch as the first book. Littlefield has once again given us a book that beautifully written and heartwrenching.

Rebirth starts a little bit after Aftertime has left
Jenny Q
Aug 15, 2011 Jenny Q rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Becky Stephens
Oct 17, 2013 Becky Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
With six inches of rain during the first week in July, the sunshine was limited. With swimming and sunbathing postponed and fireworks cancelled, I did the next best thing: read. I embraced the dreary weather, got comfy in my favorite chair, and read--sometimes hours at a time.

First, let me say that this was an immensely satisfying series. When I wanted zombies, Littlefield delivered in a way that left me pleasantly surprised. Littlefield’s zombies are not cliché and the story behind them is crea
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