After the Fall

After the Fall

by Robin Summers


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After the Fall by Robin Summers

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 Pittsburgh is the truth waiting at the end of her journey home. The rest of the world, or what’s left of it, can go straight to Hell as far as she’s concerned.

When a group of survivors offers her food and shelter, she is more than happy to spend a few days, take what she needs, and get out, like she always does. But in a place called Burninghead Farm, despite all her rules and plans, Taylor finds a group of people who have more to offer than the basics of survival. Most of all, there is Kate, a woman who makes Taylor realize love is still alive and makes her dream of a future she thought was no longer possible. If only Taylor can find the courage to fight for it.

It turns out that the end of the world isn’t about the end of the world at all, but about what happens after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602822344
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robin Summers began her writing career in high school, thanks to an insightful (and a little bit pushy) English teacher who, having decided that Robin was not living up to her potential, gave Robin extra, non-graded homework over her winter break: to read Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Helene Hanff’s Q’s Legacy. In those pages Robin discovered how far good writing and a vivid imagination could take a reader, and she has been writing ever since.

Robin is an Illinois native who works in public policy in Washington, DC. When she is not writing, she can often be found rooting for Da Bears and her beloved Cubbies. After the Fall is her first novel.

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After the Fall 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sage320 More than 1 year ago
Taylor Stone is trying to survive in a world that has been devastated by a plague. Keep moving, don't get involved has become Taylor's mantra as she struggles to get to her family in Indiana to see if any of them survived. Then she comes to Burninghead Farm. Through ingenuity and will-power the people there have built a self-sustaining camp and invite Taylor to join them. Her intention is to only spend a few days while she strengthens herself for the rest of the trip, but the people in the community have a way of working themselves into her emotions. That's especially true of Kate. Kate shows Taylor the potential for new hope and love, but Taylor doesn't find that as appealing as might be thought. Kate could heal Taylor's soul, but Taylor isn't sure she can have that. The first thing that is interesting about this book is that Summers doesn't dwell on what caused the catastrophe. The message is clear that it doesn't matter how mankind failed. What matters is that it did. This book is about survival and what comes after the destruction. It's not an odyssey either. The reader will not follow Taylor through the situations she encounters before she arrives at Burninghead Farm. Just enough of that is revealed to know that life hasn't been easy and that Taylor's soul has been scarred. What matters is the time that Taylor spends on the farm and the way it transforms her. Taylor and Burninghead Farm provide an interesting contrast. Because of her experiences, Taylor is cynical and jaded. She trusts no one because she knows even people who seem friendly are probably waiting for a chance to take advantage of you. The farm is comparable to an experiment in utopianism. Things are almost too perfect in that the people work together peacefully with no disharmony. The only malcontents are expelled soon after Taylor arrives and though they reappear later, they're unimportant to most of the story. The people live by a common set of rules that appeal to everyone. It would be interesting to see how this community was established in the first place and able to achieve what they had, but again, what is important is that it exists. Taylor and the farm represent the battle between despair and hope. Taylor will come to realize that, contrary to what she says, she's just as invested in the farm's success as the people who have been there all along. With all of the discussion about whether or not the world is about to come to an end, one can only hope that there is a Burninghead Farm out there for when it happens. After the Fall is easy to read and tells a compelling story. It makes a very interesting debut novel for Robin Summers; one worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this end of the world story. It leaves you with a message of hope for humanity. Great characters, excellent writing. Looking forward for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written & enjoyable story that makes one ponder human nature. I am very pleased with the ever growing choices of lesbian fiction available through Barnes/Noble & will definitely read more of this author.
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the story lacked plot and interesting characters