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(Aftertime #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  922 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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 from the increasingly cunning Beaters. Clutching this dream, Cass and
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Luna
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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 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jen Davis
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 07, 2013 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 Afte
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.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
*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
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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(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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, zombies
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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
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, zombie, read_2013, horror
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
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Miniseries: An Aftertime Novel
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"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
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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 rests in a
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, kindle, challenge
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.
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
4 ½ Stars

Horizon is the third and last book in the Aftertime Trilogy by Sophie Littlefield.

Let me tell you a story before I start with my review. When I got Horizon I didn’t know it was part of a trilogy, after realizing this I started to ask around if it was necessary to read previous books and all the answers I got were rotund yeses. Ok, after that I knew what I have to do; if I'm being honest I wasn’t too happy to add two extra books to my already insane TBR. But now, after reading them all,
Henri Moreaux
So the story of Cass, Smoke, Dor, Ruthie, Sammi & Co continues, a fragile truce between the participants in the Cass-Smoke-Dor love triangle begins after Smoke awakens from his coma and Cass is caught by Dor's daughter performing relations with Dor. Yeah, not your average post apocalyptic novel.

The whole love triangle thing that's been going on for the three books doesn't add much to the story from my perspective and in a way detracts from what otherwise was a pretty decent tale of a group of su
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We've all got our burdens to bear. Some are worse than others. So is the case with Cass. In the Before time, Cass struggled with both an alcohol and sexual addiction. Sexually abused by her stepfather for years, she was just overcoming her addictions and coming to terms with what happened to her when the apocalypse hit. In 'Aftertime', she seemed to be recovered, but relapses are sometimes part of the course to recovery. While she didn't sink as low as she did in the Before time, Cass will need ...more
Laura Barnes
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that this book is not just another fairytale. It embraces the not so good parts about humanity without glorifying it. Some parts were a little long winded for my taste but impressed overall with the series.
Shanna Tidwell
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love love love the series! Do yourself a favor and read it!
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was alright of course it didn't have the first book magic that 'Aftertime' had but I thought it was a lot better than 'Rebirth'. Littlefield had this annoying habit of having the characters involved in a conversation and then taking an element of that conversation and going off to tell a back story, usually from Before, that had nothing to do with anything. Well it did but when she drifted it ruined the effect of the original conversation...In 'Horizon' she did that a heck of a lot les ...more
Blood Rose Books
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Sophie Littlefield's Dystopian series, you will need (you SHOULD read) the first two books in the series, Aftertime and Rebirth, before picking up this book.

Cassandra Dollar is a survivor and according to her this may be her one redeeming aspect. She has survived what few have, an attack by a beater and the many evils of mankind. With her daughter Ruthie now safe and beginning to thrive in the settlement they have found, Cass find herself falling into a familiar pattern
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Everything about Cass's life revolves around surviving, be it from the men who preyed on her as a child, or the fall of civilization that brought on the beaters, or even another moment of sobriety. Things should have become easier despite the conditions of Aftertime now that she has found a seemingly safe haven from the Beaters. Only it isn't. The beaters have started to evolve and are no longer the mindless beings they once were. Their only
Mandy Moody
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Higher than a 4...just not QUITE good enough to be a 5 star.
Horizon was a beautiful ending to the Aftertime trilogy. I thought it was the strongest book in the series and loved the direction Littlefield took with the story.

We pick up about 2 months after the end of Rebirth. Cass, Ruthie, Dor, Smoke, Sammi and the other pregnant girls have made it to New Eden, a safe community in California.
The beginning of this book was everything I loved about the other 2 installments, thrown right i
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Scooper Speaks
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Lines: "She did not yet know the limits of her strength, but she was ready to be tested, and tested again. She would be tempted and discouraged and broken, but she would come back each time, into this world that had been bequeathed to them, into the dangers that threatened them and the joys that waited, buried but not impossible, for them to unearth and cherish." (p. 400, egalley)

Horizon is the final book in Sophie Littlefield's dystopian Aftertime series. If you haven't read books one
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
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here:

The final book in one of my favorite reads definitely ended with a bang. Cass and the other survivors have found a new camp, New Eden. Things are as good as they can be. Cass has her daughter and is working with the plants that are essential to the camp's survival. Smoke is in recovery after the huge take down in Rebirth and people are surviving as best they can. Of course, they are not perfec
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Called a “writing machine” by the New York Times and a “master storyteller” by the Midwest Book Review, Sophie Littlefield has written dozens of novels for adults and teens. She has won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards.

Sophie also writes under the pen name Sofia Grant.

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