Cass Dollar, main character of Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield has been through a horrific ordeal. Kidnapped by Beaters (zombies), she is separated from her daughter Ruthie. Neither figurative hell nor high water will keep Cass from finding Ruthie again. Aftertime is a journey of relatively few miles, yet fraught with dangers not only from the cannibalistic beaters, but also extremists known as rebuilders who want control as well as zealots from the Order.
Aftertime is action packed and steamy. You see, Cass has this escort since it’s not exactly safe to make the journey to Ruthie alone in this post-apocalyptic society. Sophie Littlefield’s zombie novel takes a turn for the steamy as Cass begins to fall for mystery man known as Smoke who knows his way around a motorcycle AND a woman’s body. While the sex scenes ran on for quite a few pages, I felt they were realistically done. The chemistry between Cass and Smoke is undeniable and magnetic as it unfolds throughout the pages.
What I liked in particular about this zombie novel was the origin of the zombies themselves. Most of the time it’s usually a disease. In Aftertime, there is a massive outbreak of war, and America is placed under a Siege. Bioterrorism occurs and plenty of food sources are destroyed. Rather than let the people starve, the government creates this plant called K7 which provides essential nutrients. Along with K7 is a plant called Blue Leaf which gives you a high at first but then turns you into a zombie. K7 is dropped from planes over the US, however, so is Blue Leaf. And so, the ‘Beaters’ are born. This is only one intriguing element.
You see, there are plenty of parts which make Aftertime fascinating, from Cass’s troubled past to her powerful love for her daughter to Cass learning to trust Smoke. All parts come together in an explosive package. Sophie Littlefield’s book is an excellent read for those who like their thrills served with a side of romance.
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