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After the Fall

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  219 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
When the world ends, what’s left to care about?

Taylor Stone is no hero. She has three simple rules for life after the plague: Keep moving. Keep to yourself. Don’t get involved. The plague took a particular joy in killing the women of the world, making it that much harder for the few who survived. The only thing that matters since she escaped from a small farm outside of Pi
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Bold Strokes Books (first published July 2011)
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This story took a long time to warm up to, the narration had a lot to do with that. Present tense is an acquired taste at the best of times, toss in more tell than show, 'she is' 'he is' and a total lack of contractions and yeah... it took me a while to just go with it.

While this is tagged as lesfic, there's no x-rated content, and the story in told from both Taylor and Duncan's point-of-views. I found that odd to start with but it worked well and as much as I hate to say it, I cared more for D
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"WHAT" no love scene, shocking..
Good book though, intimacy would have made it a brilliant book.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by an incurable virus, this book is more of a character study of a woman who's suffered horrific trauma, escaped disease and survived beyond all odds.

As is typical of post-apocalyptic worlds, lawlessness abound and it's pretty much a survival of the fittest. The book begins with the woman Taylor's arrival in a seeming oasis, a rural farm run by a benevolent leader Buck who tries his best to maintain a sense of normalcy for the few survivors who s
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Definitely recommended.

After The Fall is set in the not so distant future, when a plague eradicates the majority of the human race and the survivors are left to deal with the aftermath. Taylor is a young woman who has spent the last five months struggling to get back to her hometown and family and ends up staying the night at a farm filled with survivors. As you would expect, the one night extends as she finds herself growing attached to the others at the farm, especially Kate, Duncan and Buck.
I fell in love with this book from the very first chapters. Not knowing much about it beforehand, I tried (with no success) not to get my hopes up, worrying it could disappoint me later on, but god, it sure didn't. Straight into my favorites shelf.

The main thing you should know before going into this book is that it's not exactly what comes to mind you see "post-apocalyptic". The blurb says it all: "It turns out that the end of the world isn’t about the end of the world at all, but about what ha
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
The first thing that I will say here is that in my opinion, this book should rather clearly be tagged with romance to avoid people like myself going in and expecting one tone and getting another. I had to give myself some distance when I finished this book, mostly because I'd just finished a long week and was a bit irritated that the apocalyptic book with a dash of romance that I was intent on reading turned into a romance with a dash of apocalypse.

That aside, I really did enjoy this book. Taylo
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

My first #lesfic! Rebecca perfectly and succinctly explains exactly what I didn't like about this book. But either because I'm from Bollywood-land where instalove is the standard or because I'm generally just a sucker for love stories, I mostly liked the story despite all those things. ("Those things" in a nutshell: cliché characters and plot, instalove, weird writing with inconsistent use of contractions and two POVs—in itself okay, but one written in first-person present tense.) I fi
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Unlike many post apocalyptic settings rief with horrific gore, this was very mellow and seemed more realistic. It was however unrealistic with its touch on guns especially knowing how USA glorifies them. Romance was terrible slow and basically no erotic scene here. The story's touch on human relationship was sweet and I guess the whole book was a lot more about hope than anything else.
This one took me a while to get into, but once the story took hold, it was a very enjoyable read.

If you're a fan of The Walking Dead, you'll like this one. And by that, I definitely don't mean there are drooling zombies chasing our characters around and eating their flesh. In fact, this is not a zombie story--it is an illness story, one more akin to Contagion than 28 Days Later. We're not worried about the characters getting "bit" or falling ill because the plague itself has already wiped out al
DNF at %19

God, what a massive cliche. I couldn't even get a fifth of the way through this book without giving up. We get it. This is the apocalypse. Most of humanity is dead and life sucks now. Do you need to wax poetic about it? This book takes itself way too seriously. And why the insta-love? Why is Taylor so invested in this girl all of the sudden? There's no reason for it at all except that Taylor likes her face. That's how the big, bad loner is immediately and completely tamed? With a prett
D. Leigh
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I tend to like apocalyptic tales anyway, but I really enjoyed this debut novel by Robin Summers.

The book took an unusual approach in first-person narration by alternating between the main character and a guy that I really considered something of a prominent secondary character -- secondary in that he was a friend, not the love interest, of the main character. It threw me at first, but I found myself easily warming up to the unique approach.

If I had any criticisms, it would be that it seemed to
Oct 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was really excited to read this - lesbian post-apocalyptic romance novel!!!1! - since it combines two of my favorite things ever (dystopian fiction & lesbians). And the premise is crazy interesting, enough so that I wish Summers had done slightly more world-building and had been less focused on the lesbian couple, since they were the least interesting aspect of the story.

They were not to my taste, but they might be to someone else's? I'm kind of over the whole "I'm deeply flawed so I push
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt
Good dystopian story. I would give it 3.5 stars if could.
Aussie bookworm
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, distopian
This is one of those books, that I was talking about that I took a gamble a while ago and brought it without reading the blurb, I know what a rebel. lol I liked the simple cover which conveyed a dystopian novel with a strong female protagonist. I was flipping through my kindle looking for something to read, I was in one of those moods that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to read and I already had a few books open.

I started reading After the Fall and was instantly drawn in. Taylor starts of as a bit
Rebecca Langham
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is a solid book that is fairly typical for the lesfic genre. It's a post apocalyptic tale with a lesbian lead. It switches between two points of view - our leading lady tells her story through first person present, and a teenage boy (who represents an important connection for her) is explored in third person past.

The book is written with a high level of control and competence and I was relieved that it didn't turn into erotica parading as speculative fiction, as lesbian novels s
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I finished this book only because I'd read it to 60% before deciding I didn't like it and just decided to skim it to finish.

The premise is good; a bad ass lesbian names Taylor walking west from Washington DC after a pandemic plague wipes out the United States. She happens upon a farm in Indiana where she intends to stop for a few days before continuing to Illinois to find her family. Once there, Taylor settles in and finds family and something to hope for.

I can't tell you why I didn't like thi
Emily Moore
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, lesbian, print
I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories and when I found this on the Bold Strokes Books new release list I went to buy it immediately. Taylor is an interesting character who's been through quite a bit and is desperate to make it back to her family in Illinois in the aftermath of a massive plague that has wiped out the majority of the population, especially the female population. Along the way she ends up on Burninghead Farm in Indiana and meets a group of people who help her to find hope and r ...more
Carolyn McBride
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, a very readable, enjoyable book. I would have like to have known more about some of the characters, like Buck. But the author did a good job fleshing out the main three characters. The ending was very well handled and I was quite satisfied with it. My only issue with this book was the lack of information we had about the plague. I would like to have known more about it. Maybe I'm just odd that way... That being said, this book had good character development, good action momentum, the pa ...more
I love lesbian fiction. I love post-apocalyptic stories. So this book sounded, initially, like a match made in literary heaven for me. Except it wasn't. I just couldn't get involved with the characters at all. And there was way too little post-apocalyptic fiction and way too much romance. Which, I mean, is okay. But I was expecting something more than horseback rides during the apocalypse, without any expressed fear that, oh I don't know, disaster could strike at any moment.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down once I started reading it! After the Fall is one of the few lesbian-centered books in my favorite genre: post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. It was a little distracting to go back and forth from Taylor's 1st-person narrative to Duncan's 3rd person: I think it was done for a good effect later in the book, but at first, it took me out of the story too many times. I would love to read more books in this series...I hope it will be a series, that is!
D. Redhawk
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I bought this at GCLS this year, and quite enjoyed it. Taylor Stone has been through Hell in a hand basket, and she still has a long way to go. The world has fallen apart, and she must get home to find her family. She arrives at a farm in Pittsburgh where she discovers a decent group of survivalists and is tempted away from her goal. But she promised her parents she'd come to them. She has to go, despite falling for a woman named Kate.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing read, I read it in one day and that's saying a lot. I highly recommend reading this book. The main character goes through all these roller coaster of emotions and you're along for the ride, sometimes I wanted to cry with her and sometimes I wanted to scream at my computer screen at her. But I can say After the fall is one of a kind.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The story is more about internal turmoil and how Taylor fights them off than about surviving in the dying world or the romance. Though, I do love the romance between Kate and Taylor, however short it was.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gblt, crap
Ugh. The pacing. This book was just so slow. The story wasn't terrible and the erring wasn't terrible but the the end I was skimming through most of it

The ending was a complete cop-out as well.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding debut. I was completely sucked into this book from the first pages. I laughed, I cried (at different times, both happy and sad tears) and was totally immersed in this tale. Highly recommended.
Elisa Rolle
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2011 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not the typical lesbian romance, it's an incredibly well-written book with quite an original premise. Highly recommended.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. Thought it was well written.

Looking forward to talking about it on Cocktail Hour episode 22!
Catherine Cameron

Well written, plenty of drama, angst, sadness, hope and love. Very good post apocalyptic story. Engaging romance too. Well worth the read.
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“The plague took too much, from all of us. But we're here. We survived, and we work hard all week, just trying to keep surviving. There are always chores to do, crops to tend, animals to care for, fences to build. Another task to complete if we want to stay alive. But the fact that we survived, that we're still here when billions aren't, is worth celebrating. So once a week, on Saturday night, we have a party. We gather in the north barn, we eat, we laugh, we play music, we dance, and we try and remember the joy in a world steeped in misery.” 0 likes
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