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Horizon (Aftertime #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  796 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Of living things there were few, but they carried on.

Cass Dollar is a survivor. She's overcome the meltdown of civilization, humans turned mindless cannibals and the many evils of man.

But from beneath the devastated California landscape emerges a tendril of hope. A mysterious traveler arrives at New Eden with knowledge of a passageway North—a final escape
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Luna (first published January 24th 2012)
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
How can I love and hate a book at the same time? Who knows. But, nevertheless, I have strong feelings of love and hate for Horizon. I noticed my feelings are pretty much the same on book 1 and book 2 in this series.

Let’s get the icky stuff out of the way

1. This is an ARC. It is an ARC with grammatical errors. It is an ARC with grammatical errors AND I noticed these errors. Conclusion- these errors could have been easily caught by an editor and/or beta reader. However, this is an ARC, so maybe,
One thing I really respect about Sophie Littlefield is that she doesn't feel the need to end a series with the warm fuzzies.


This book is dark, dark, dark. And nope, there aren't any cookies.

I thought Rebirth was a hard book to read, but that was only until I got on the roller coaster that was Horizon. More than a week after reading this book, I still have no idea how to put my horrified admiration into words.

Most stories with broken heroines chart a well-worn path. The slow, painful journey b
Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn! Sophie Littlefield concludes her Aftertime trilogy in the same way she delivered parts 1 and 2 – realistically and not shying away from writing about pain and loss. This is a series that will break your heart and at the same time you will remain a fan.

Horizon begins months after Rebirth ended, there is a slight time lapse and the characters’ positions and relationships have changed. Ms. Littlefield drops the reader in to the book and there is a bit of catching up to figu
Mar 29, 2015 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I could have never predicted the course this book would take. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Honestly, I feel torn over the answer. In one way, it's amazing. Sophie Littlefield isn't afraid to make some really bold choices. She stays true to her characters and her world, even when it hurts. But that's the thing... sometimes, it really hurts.

The story picks up a couple of months after the events of Rebirth, which was a little disappointing for me. A lot has happened since Cass and Dor rescu
Jan 08, 2013 Leea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cass Dollar hoarded hope with characteristic parsimony when she was awake, but since coming to New Eden her dreams were audacious, greedy, lusting for color and scent and life.

Now that I sit here, having completed this story and the ultimate journey that Cassandra Dollar survived. I can truly understand the enormity of the Aftertime Trilogy. This series moved me, it horrified me and then it reminded me of those little things in life that really matter.

In Horizon, the final book in the Aftert
Why is it that in zombie books, the humans never seem to run out of bullets?

All kidding aside, what an incredible ending to a great series! Set in a world devastated by biological warfare, the human population subsists on a plant called Kaysev. Unfortunately, the wrong strain of the plan was released and the blue-leafed variety caused people to turn into zombies. These zombies or Beaters as they are called in the book are one of the threats to our survivors.

The Beaters are not the only threat. G
Feb 22, 2012 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
(Review originally posted for Book Lovers Inc)

Okay, so first things first. There is simply no way I can adequately convey how much this book–and by extension, this trilogy–bowled me over and amazed me. What I mean by that is that the book has so many elements and minor details and memorable bits that I would have to write an full-on essay in order to convey my thoughts.

That said, I’ll say this: Horizon was a magnificent trilogy ender. It had the elements that made the first two Aftertime books s
Feb 01, 2012 Anjana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm completely new to Sophie Littlefield. I didn't know what to expect from her, I assumed that the Aftertime Trilogy were dystopian novels, awesome ones at that due to its popularity on goodreads. So when I requested an arc of Horizon on Netgalley, I really didn't have any bars set.

And so I got my first Sophie Littlefield novel, obviously, if I'm going to review this, I was going to do it right. I started with Aftertime (Book One) and I love love LOVED it! I did NOT know that this trilogy was
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Cass Dollar and her young daughter Ruthie have settled into an uneasy existence at New Eden, after the events of Rebirth left her lover, Smoke, in a coma. She continues her affair with Dor, and is dedicated to Ruthie, her garden of new growth, and kaysev, which is essential to the food supply of New Eden.

Soon, the Beaters start to show an unnerving proclivity to learn things such as group hunting (of humans, of course) and
I have now read this entire trilogy and it poses a problem for me. Obviously I liked it well enough to read through all three books. I have to say that they all were easy reads and that the plot twists came fast and furious. It felt believable as an apocalyptic future. But I just couldn't be comfortable with the heroine of the story. After the first 2 or 3 chapters I was itching to smack her. She manufactured most of her problems out of her self-loathing and sicky need to punish herself. She cou ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, horror, zombie, read_2013
Cass Dollar and the inhabitants of New Eden, a place secluded from the Beater threat by a lake, soon discover their haven a hell as the Beaters evolve and become organised. Unable to swim, the Beaters should’ve posed no threat to New Eden, however their slow evolution means water is no barrier and Cass is once again thrust into the violent post apocalyptic world where fighting is the only means for survival.

The conclusion to the Aftertime series is less violent and suspenseful than the previous
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Dystopian Fiction

*Full Review*

Horizon, by Sophie Littlefield, is the final novel in the Aftertime trilogy. As the story picks up, several months have passed and Cass Dollar is now living in a new community called New Eden with other Aftertime survivors. As a side job, she plants gardens while raising her little girl Ruthie who is slowly coming out of her silence mode. Cass is also back to drinking once again which got her in trouble before time. Cass thirsts for oblivion now that
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: An Aftertime Novel
Category: Fantasy

"Bottom line: The Aftertime trilogy is Littlefield’s magnum opus – just a timeless, towering work of apocalyptic fiction. And although this saga is a “must read” for fans of apocalyptic fiction and zombie fiction, I believe it transcends genre fiction and would appeal to anyone who reads fiction. This trio of novels gets my highest possible level of recommendation." from a blog post by paulgoatallen B&NCommunitity
Mar 15, 2015 Betelgeuse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi immagina una lotta tenace per un futuro migliore.
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E’ con un po’ di dispiacere che si legge il capitolo finale della serie, sapendo che presto non potremo più leggere le avventure di Cass, del redivivo Smoke e dell’intrepido Dor. La storia presenta però i giusti colpi di scena e momenti di tensione, accompagnandoti alla conclusione senza lasciarti troppo l’amaro in bocca. Alcuni punti rimangono criptici, senza ricevere una spiegazione, mentre altri si incastrano alla perfezione con la trama.

Cass si
Jan 21, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
At the end of REBIRTH I was extremely angry at Cass for what she was doing with Dor. I really liked Smoke and hated her self destructiveness that led to the whole sticky situation. After finishing HORIZON I see that it was the best thing that could have happened to her.

HORIZON takes place a few months after the end of REBIRTH. Cass, Ruthie and all the others that she came with have settled into community of New Eden. Things are going well besides that fact that Cass started drinking again (light

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4.5 stars

*Spoilery if you haven't read the first 2 books in the Aftertime series!*

Horizon picks up a couple months after the ending of Rebirth. Cass, along with Ruthie, Dor, Sammi, & a still-injured Smoke - are all in a new settlement called New Eden. Some things have changed, but others are still the same. Cass & Dor still share a passion beyond words - even though Dor is in a relationship with a woman named Valerie, Smoke rest
Every time I read a book from this series it makes me think if I could survive what the character are going through in the book, sadly I don't think I could, and it makes me admire them even more, even the weak ones. I also think, maybe hope is a better sentiment, that these people finally get to a situation where they can start to rebuild life, but instead things seem to go from bad to worse.

New Eden has it's problems, but the people feel safe and things seem to be going well. Cass doesn't seem
May 28, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mission accomplished! I found a book (besides the Stephanie Plum series) that both Nadine and I like!!!! actually, I loved this book! #1 in the series was great. #2 pretty good. and this one? #3? it topped them all. it had everything: struggles, strife, secrets, revelations, redemptions, romance, zombies, zealots, science, and my favorite, a "happy" ending. was it a perfect ending? well, no, but it was a satisfying ending (with the caveat that I want to find out more about what happens after!!!! ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cass Dollar is a survivor. She has survived addiction, cannibalistic zombies (called beaters) attacking her, turning into a cannabalistic zombie, losing her daughter, and fighting until finding her again. Now Cass is living in a fairly comfortable life in a community called New Eden of fairly friendly people. She doesn't have to fight every day or worry about someone taking her daughter or keep looking over her shoulder. Everything seems to be going fine except she keeps sleeping with Dor despit ...more
❤ Jothee ❤
Jan 02, 2015 ❤ Jothee ❤ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, zombie
I was still holding on, on my last string of hope that the Trilogy will end in an awesome note. Read on to find out...

Cass couldn't pick between Dor and Smoke at the beginning, which is irritating. She should think through her brain and not her you-know-what. The other one was cheating WITH her while the other one was sick and oblivious on what nasty things she's been doing.

Also, I hate the multiple POVs. If it's not from Cass, Ruthie or Smoke, I don't like it.

Sighing was what I did most of t
Oct 06, 2012 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, ebook, kindle
Great ending to the trilogy. I savored this one because I wasn't quite ready to see it end. There were a few character surprises in the last installment. The beaters/zombies are getting smarter and the island is no longer safe. Cass is still fighting the demons of her past and trying to work thru her issues. It's survival of the fittest and the smartest but Smoke is still in bad shape. Tough decisions, fearing to trust the wrong person and facing new challenges back on the road.
Spiderman! (Simon)
Main Characters: Cassie, Smoke, Mary, Dor.

Setting: Cassie wakes up in a place she has never been to before and she finds out that Dor is with her and he is sleeping on a bed that is next to her. She walks out to find a bathroom and runs into guards that are guarding a door. She tries to ask them where the bathroom is but they tell her to go back to sleep. She pushed through them but gets hit in the process of doing so. Dor hears commotion and goes to see what is happening. Dor finds Cassie getti
Meg McGregor
Like the two before, this book grabs onto you and just never lets go! Cass's horrific and yet inspirational story in the Aftertime is both riveting and revolting.

Riveting in the fact that this world of Aftertime is full of dangers and hardships - by both the Beaters (the zombies) and by what is left of the human race.

Revolting in the fact that it is not necessarily the Beaters who demonstrate horrific cruelty and unspeakable feats of savagery!

Cass's journey includes reuniting with her father, s
Jan 05, 2014 Greenmanxy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I read all three books in a few days of marathon reading, this review will be for the whole trilogy. Spoilers included.

First of all, I find female protagonists MUCH more well rounded than male ones. A woman can be both fragile, hurting, doubtful and, when the situation requires it, determined, even ruthless. A male hero is much harder to portray being so well rounded, in my opinion.

For this reason I loved (and hated) Cass. She could be so dumb and self-destructive that you just wanna slap
Aug 15, 2015 Andrée rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Chiara Cilli
May 03, 2014 Chiara Cilli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'ho voluto e l'ho avuto! Il gran finale è stato degno di essere ritenuto tale :woot: Tralasciando la trama - confesso che non c'ho capito nulla perché m'interessava la vicenda amorosa :shifty: - il triangolo Cass/Dor/Smoke (che poi, triangolo...) mi ha elettrizzata. Pensavo che, con il ritorno di Smoke, Cass e Dor si fossero detti bye bye, invece è tutto il contrario :woot: Questo perché Smoke è mezzo in coma, e Cass e Dor si aggrappano l'una all'altro per tirare avanti. Ma Dor... Dio santo... ...more
Nadine Jones
Ms Littlefield really knocked it out of the park with this one - it is the strongest of the series. (I do hope this is not just a trilogy! I don't want to be done with this series yet!! There is so much left to explore and learn.)

This was a real edge-of-your seat page-turner. I usually take about a week to read books, because I don't have that much time, but I finished this one in a few days, because I could NOT set it down to go to sleep. Unlike Rebirth, the beginning of this book is not boring
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
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I can hold my hand up now and say that I love zombie books, and this one is by far one of my favourites. The other one is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. However when I compare the two books together, Horizon is more dark and graphic. I LOVED this book. It had me on the edge of my seat and I did manage to sneak home early from work to get it finished. I know this is the sign of a book that is going to get full marks from me :D

Wendy Hines
Jul 03, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the aftertimes, a time when a blue leaf has turned most of mankind into zombies or killed them. Cass Dollar has struggled to survive, finding safety and comfort with a man called Smoke. But Smoke leaves Cass and her young daughter, Ruthie, to seek justice and he is gravely hurt. Cass finds him and brings his ravaged body with her and the others to a safe place they had heard of, New Eden.

Cass finds some peace at New Eden, working in the gardens and watching the young children. She feels gu
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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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“Courage was no that hard to come by for children. No matter the hardships they faced, given a little love and encouragement, their spirits rebounded and thrived.

Adults were different. Their habits and experiences made them inflexible, welding their routines into place, cementing their joys and hurts to create expectations of life that were not in line with the new realities. All around her, Cass saw the dazed expressions and the blank weariness.”
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