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Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

April 7th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: February 22, 2011

Publisher: Luna

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: Someone once said that all apocalypses are experienced locally. In the case of Cass Dollar, the nightmare occurred with the violent abduction of two-year-old Ruthie, which she vividly remembers. Only later is young Cass assaulted also by the vague, twisting memories of a much wider conflagration that she herself only narrowly survived. A government experiment had turned the entire California landscape into the hunting grounds of zombie Beaters, but Cass can only think of the helpless toddler she is missing. A deeply arresting paperback original. Editor’s recommendation.

So I don’t know how I missed the fact that this was a zombie book even though when I re-read the synopsis it says it right there.  I thought it was just a dystopian story so I was doubly happy to start this book since I love zombie books.  Sophie Littlefield’s take on zombies is the perfect balance between traditional zombies but also some unique traits that make her zombies stand out.  If you are looking for zombies that are somehow sexy or a romance between a zombie and a regular person go look for a different book.  I don’t know where the idea of sexy zombies came from but I want my zombies shuffling and flesh eating.  There are some points where it can get a bit squeamish as the characters describe exactly how the zombies attack people and tear at their flesh as well as some of the cannibalistic actions they perform on themselves.

Cass can come across as a little harsh because of all she has had to overcome and has learned to depend only on herself but you get glimpses at her vulnerability as people like Smoke, a fellow survivor who is helping her to find her daughter, begin to get beyond the shell she’s built around herself.  Smoke has his own mysterious past that we only get glimpses of but there are still a lot of unanswered questions that I suppose will be revealed in a sequel.  The fascinating part of this book though were the different groups that evolved after most of the population fell prey to the beaters or sickness.  You have those that believe prayer can cure the beaters, those that take advantage of people’s need to escape reality for a few hours and those that want to create a new world order.

The story dragged a little but next thing you know the story starts zooming along and you are at the climax before you even realize it.   I  enjoyed this book but it didn’t enthrall me so although there were enough unanswered questions to make me think there will be a second book I’m not sure I will read it.

 

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