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Aftertime (Luna Books) Paperback – February 22, 2011
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"A fantastic new dystopian series...Littlefield's compelling writing will keep readers turning pages late into the night to find out what happens next. Outstanding!" Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars
-RT Book Reviews
"I loved this novel-it was Stephen King's The Stand in a bra and panties."
-Paul Goat Allen
"Wildly original, guaranteed to give you nightmares...examines the strength of one woman, the joy of acceptance and the power of love. A must read."
-JT Ellison, author of The Immortals
More About the Author
Sophie is the author of:
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Minotaur, 2009)
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (Minotaur, 2010)
A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL (Minotaur, 2011)
A BAD DAY FOR MERCY (Minotaur, June 2012)
A BAD DAY FOR ROMANCE (Pocket, September 2013)
BANISHED (Delacorte, 2010)
UNFORSAKEN (Delacorte, 2011)
HANGING BY A THREAD (Delacorte, October, 2012)
AFTERTIME (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
REBIRTH (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
HORIZON (Harlequin Luna, 2012)
BLOOD BOND (Pocket, November 2012)
SHATTERED BOND (Pocket, November 2013)
GARDEN OF STONES (Harlequin MIRA, March 2013)
HOUSE OF GLASS (Harlequin MIRA, March 2014)
THE MISSING PLACE (Gallery, October 2014)
INFECTED (Delacorte, January, 2015)
Upcoming titles include:
THE GUILTY ONE (Gallery, August 2015)
Sophie grew up in Missouri, attended Indiana University, and worked in technology before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Northern California.
Top Customer Reviews
The Beaters -- the infected of Aftertime -- are definitely NOT zombies. They are somewhat like the infected of 28 Days Later (and even that is a stretch), and the Beater strain caused by Blueleaf can be passed on through bites. Beaters retain some minor forms of speech, memory and the capacity to think to a small degree. While most victims of Blueleaf remain in the damaged form of a Beater, continuing to attack healthy people, a few victims recover from the illness.
Cass Dollar, the character providing the POV, is one of the lucky few to survive becoming a beater, but a large chunk of her memory is missing, and she is on a mission to find her young daughter, Ruthie. The last time she saw her daughter was when she was carried off by Beaters.
This book was marketed as a horror novel...and there was barely enough action to qualify it as a thriller. The author, Sophie Littlefield, writes paragraph after paragraph of scenery descriptions; the first eleven pages were mostly landscape descriptions of what Cass was seeing, and I had to read 1/4 into the book before it was even remotely interesting. I had to read 300+ pages before the book finally resembled a horror story...Read more ›
Cass the central character is a young recovering alcoholic who is a store clerk. She had a tough start in life and has a daughter, Ruthie, that her inner and outer world revolves around. She classifies her life into three parts: before, during, and after. The story takes place in the after, the fall of civilization. Leaders are emerging and societies are being built, while most are still just struggling to survive. There are the loners, the groups holed up, the rebuilders, the covenant, and the rebels. I enjoyed this book on many levels. It was a great multifaceted story.
The writing is smooth, beautiful, and spine chilling at times. Its reflective and all told from Cass's point of view. There were some parts that reminded me of a Dean Koontz storytelling style. I read this book fast and it stayed with me. The details make it come alive and seem real. Here's a two examples of some memorable conversations. The first one was with a loner and what he did all day by himself and later a conversation about the prevailing feeling that something is always off and being able to articulate it when hanging clothes out on a clothesline and wishing she had her tins from her house to put the clothespins in.
I was also fascinated by the tidbits on nature. Cass has some knowledge on plants and animals and notices their recovery. It is a story of hope, this one line from the book sums it up, "Earth did what She would; She chose life. ...She seemed unstoppable in her determination to restore health to Her forests and mountains and waters, as every new day seemed to bring a sprig or seedling of some species that was thought to be lost...Read more ›
As other reviewers have said, this book REALLY suffers from the lack of action. I didn't think I'd mind this so much (I consider myself open to all types of books), but after reading it I totally get it now: not only is there not a lot of action, there's not even much dialogue, and everything but the protagonist's past seems very underdeveloped (including Cass herself).
For instance, the "romance" between Cass and Smoke was obviously supposed to be an important part of her rebirth. I got the impression that Cass was supposed to be "reclaiming" herself and her own body by choosing to have sex with this man and (possibly?) sharing a meaningful relationship with him--but really, I have no idea (the sex scenes just seemed like they were supposed to be way more important than they actually were). Smoke's character was also really underdeveloped and what with all the endless introspection and flashbacks, their "relationship" basically came out of nowhere; despite those long (and seemingly important) sex scenes, they basically have a grand total of 1 conversation throughout this entire book. I didn't feel like I knew either of these people well enough to guess at what they were actually thinking.
The most disappointing part of this book for me was the world building.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Aftertime is revolves on an apocalyptic time when undead – and when I say undead, I meant zombies – roam the world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jane
This is a terrible book. It was so hard to finish that I had to post this warning to others to save their time, money and sanity. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barbara Mcgee
I could not put this book down. The middle and the end had me trying to stay up later into the night to read just one more page. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lori469
every single one of your sences will be worked to the point that you will just be in a complete state of awe. sophie did everything right with this book, its incredible really. Read morePublished 18 months ago by amie lyn
This was a good book, but not a great book. I found myself not liking the antihero much at times. I didn't care for Smoke, much either. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lucy
there were a couple confusing points in the story, a couple things that didn't make sense, but overall it was a great read. definitely a different spin on zombies too.Published 23 months ago by bluegravity
The Aftetime series is much more than a Harlequin romance. It is a super charged thriller of the first rank. I'm so glad I ran across it. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by ellen irion
I'm on a bit of an apocalypse binge right now and I've come to the conclusion that I like the books written by women a little more than those by men - or rather, I prefer books... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by amf0001