Aftertime (Aftertime Series #1)

Aftertime (Aftertime Series #1)

by Sophie Littlefield
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Aftertime (Aftertime Series #1) by Sophie Littlefield

Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Having no idea how many weeks have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished.

And with her, nearly all of civilization.

Where once-lush hills carried cars and commerce, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters—people turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong.

In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsider, let alone a woman who became a zombie and somehow turned back, but she finds help from an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. Smoke is her savior, and her safety.

For the Beaters are out there.

And the humans grip at survival with their trigger fingers. Especially when they learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, of weapons in a brave new world….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373803361
Publisher: Luna
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Series: Aftertime Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 375
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri and attended college in Indiana. She worked in technology before having children, and was lucky enough to stay home with them while they were growing up. She writes novels for kids and adults, and lives in Northern California. Visit her online at

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Aftertime 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
aliciasays More than 1 year ago
I liked the story and the determination of Cass to find her daughter, but I'm taking away a star because the editorial mistakes really bother me. There were random
The_Alternative More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has read my book review blog for long knows that I really enjoy a good post-apocalyptic zombie story every once in a while (actually find them hard to resist) and that's exactly what Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield is, a very good zombie book. Forget the Beaters (zombies) for a moment and why they've changed into crazed flesh-eaters. Put aside the fact that the world has pretty much come to an abrupt and disappointing end. What carries this narrative is the character development and quest motif. Littlefield's characters are fully fleshed out (no pun intended) and real. Some are mysterious, others evil and self-serving, most are flawed and a few even resemble people I know. Which is what makes them so compelling. Everyone who's ever loved a child will understand the motive driving the main character. That it occurs in a savage, wasted land makes it that much more interesting. There's nothing inherently unique about this particular zombie story but because it reads so quickly and the plot is so compelling you won't want to put it down. An enjoyable time away from the mundane this novel is a recommended for all the zombie and post-apocalyptic fans out there. (You know who you are!) 4 out of 5 stars The Alternative Southeast Wisconsin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post apocalyptic meets an Oprah book. I found reading thru this book that it was very interesting to read if not for all the hoopla. A women who survived a zombie like disease...then it just got boring. The plot moves along slowly only because the author keeps going back to the main characters past alcoholism and promiscuousity ...over and over and over...and over. The author kept going back to these so much that I actually verbally groaned after awhile and made myself read faster just to get thru these parts. Not to mention that the main character keeps getting hugged by people and then she cries, and cries...and cries. It made me wonder if the author had written this book to get some of her own problems off her chest and if she did you can actually read why she never got over any of them. Just read the first book of the series. Yer an alcoholic, you were promiscous in your youth, you couldn't take care of your kid and you survived a zombie-esque it. Now can we get to the story already....without so many huggsies. I'm not saying the author has to be more visceral, I don't need need non stop blood and guts...a good story that goes somewhere would be good enough, Just stop backtracking on your story so much and this would be a great read.
Megan Villani More than 1 year ago
Could be better. Interesting storyline and subject, but it would have been better with more character developement. Hope #2 is better!
JamesMarie More than 1 year ago
I was sorely disappointed in this book. The build up is not there and the character development is very thin. The only relationship between characters that can be related to is with the mother/daughter bond. The other relationships are very thin. Then, at the end of the book you are lead to believe there is a very tight bond between the lead character and her secondary which left me shaking my head. I think if Littlefield had taken this book to the next level and worked on the character relationships a little more it could have been a really fun read. As it is, the attention getting story is just not there.
badklv More than 1 year ago
Aftertime is a post-apocalyptic world, a desert of destruction, where disease has run rampant, and houses, towns, and cities have been ransacked. In this world, nighttime is man's best friend and Zombies "Beaters" outnumber human survivors. Aside from starvation, unbelievably unsanitary conditions, and the constant threat of losing your mind, being attacked and torn to pieces by a Beater is a survivor's biggest fear. After a bite, a victim's eyes glow, followed by extreme fever, followed by an emptiness that fills their entire being until the inevitable.they become one of them.the enemy. But Cass Dollar is an anomaly. She's been attacked, suffered the excruciating symptoms of the venomous Beater bite and survived, even healed from the severe wounds left behind. How did Cass survive and is she now a carrier of the lethal virus? Cass begins a journey across California Aftertime searching for answers and something precious separated from her during her attack. When I initially read the synopsis of Aftertime I was leery that it may be too far outside my comfort zone, first, because on the surface there looked to be no heavy romance involved, and second, because Zombies give me nightmares. But guess what? I was so wrong about both. I've enjoyed this book so much. Maybe it's because I am fascinated by the dark side of human survival when faced with adversity. I'm not sure, but regardless I loved the story. The sex was hot, but the story was so strong it would have been able to stand up without it. Of course, I prefer with. I read pieces of this story again and again, savoring the words and visualizing Sophie Littlefield's post-apocalyptic world.
harstan More than 1 year ago
She is the first known human to survive an assault by the flesh eating beaters without converting into one of these zombie-like beasts. Although she remains mortal and alive, Cass Dollar suffered immensely during her ordeal and afterwards; she remained hurt with many scars on her battered body. Her lack of memory of her trauma frightens her, but not because of what the Beaters did to her. Her beloved daughter Ruthie is missing and Cass has no idea what happened to her cherished offspring. However, in spite of her agony, Cass has one objective and that is to find her missing daughter Ruthie lost somewhere in the biologically bombed California wasteland. Smoke an outlaw accompanies Cass on her quest while the militia, scientists and a female sect pursue her for diverse reasons. This is a terrific post apocalyptic science fiction thriller starring a beleaguered lioness with one obsessed thought: finding and rescuing her Ruthie. Courageous Cass is impressive as she remains resolute in her quest while musing she is in her "third" life. The harsh California landscape adds to the eerie atmospheric aftermath of the pandemic catastrophe as the heroine continues her trek. Mindful of the Charlton Heston science fiction films, Aftertime is a strong opening act with. Harriet Klausner
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Great quick read!!
Dee_K More than 1 year ago
Cass wakes up and the last thing she remembers is being dragged off by Beaters (zombies). She is pretty messed up physically and not doing much better mentally. Her only goal now is the find her daughter Ruthie in a post-apocalypse wasteland. On her journey back to the last place Cass saw Ruthie, she meets Smoke. Smoke is a very mysterious man and decides to help Cass on her journey to find her daughter. I found the beginning of this book to be a little confusing. Cass has flashbacks about her troubled past which come out of nowhere. I got used to them though and started to expect and want them. It gives you insight into Cass. The mood Aftertime is extremely depressing as most post apocalypse stories are. There is no hope for these people. Most are just trying to stay alive. And if Beaters weren't enough, there are the Rebuilders. The Rebuilders bully people into doing what they want them to do and play it off as if they're helping what little civilization there is to thrive. There is a good story here but I wanted more. I wanted to know more about Cass' past. I wanted to know more about Smoke. It felt like there should be more explanation of how the apocalypse happened. Many things in this book were too vague in my opinion. I guess I will have to read the squeal.
a_silent_song More than 1 year ago
This is a 4.5 star review. I was first exposed to Sophie Littlefield through Barnes & Noble reviewer Paul Goat Allen's Explorations blog, when he reviewed one of the books in the trilogy very favorably. At the time, I was a budding zombie writer myself with a newly signed contract for a post-apocalyptic trilogy under my belt, and I was itching to find other female zombie writers out there; we seemed to be a pretty rare commodity, to say the least. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to actually read the book until early this year, and all I could think was, "What the heck took me so long?!" AFTERTIME follows a woman named Cass Dollar after an outbreak of zombie-like creatures called Beaters crops up and wreaks havoc on the western United States, turning most of the west into a desolate wasteland full of Beaters and the survivors trying to avoid them. When the story starts, Cass is searching for her daughter Ruthie, who was taken away from her by CPS due to Cass's alcohol addictions. From there, the story follows Cass as she searches for her daughter in what is essentially a world gone to hell. In the process of detailing Cass's journey, Littlefield does an amazing job of building a world that is familiar and, at the same time, horrifically different from the world that Cass grew up in. Her attention to detail is astounding, and as I made my way through the book, I felt like I really got to know Cass and was rooting for her all the way. Littlefield has an amazing ability to make her characters feel absolutely real, and that is one of my favorite things about the book and this type of zombie literature. Unfortunately, at times, this attention to detail was to the story's detriment, and this has to do with the only reason I gave the book 4.5 stars. In several places in the book, Littlefield lavishes so much attention on the smaller details that it made the book move rather slowly at times. In several places, I had to force myself to continue reading and not flip past a much slower-paced scene. This may be a product of the fact that Littlefield's novel reads as far more focused on the characters than on the Beaters, but there are a lot of scenes that, if they'd been cut down, would have made the book move a lot faster than it did. This isn't necessarily a negative; it's just not something I myself am particularly into. Other than that little quibble, I enjoyed the book very much and would highly recommend it to fans of the genre who are more interested in following the survivors of a zombie outbreak and their struggles rather than the zombies themselves.
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Great read and a pleasure to read a zombie series that centers around a female lead who is strong but not perfect!
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