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Sophie Littlefield

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July 19 2011 An Aftertime Novel
The end of the world was just the beginning

Civilization has fallen, leaving California an unforgiving, decimated place. But Cass Dollar beat terrible odds to get her missing daughter back—she and Ruthie will be happy.

Yet with the first winter, Cass is reminded that happiness is fleeting in Aftertime. Ruthie retreats into silence.

Flesh—eating Beaters still dominate the landscape. And Smoke, Cass's lover and strength, departs on a quest for vengeance, one that may end him even if he returns.

The survivalist community Cass has planted roots in is breaking apart, too. Its leader, Dor, implores Cass to help him recover his own lost daughter, taken by the totalitarian Rebuilders. And soon Cass finds herself thrust into the dark heart of an organization promising humanity's rebirth—at all costs.

Bound to two men blazing divergent paths across a savage land, Cass must overcome the darkness in her wounded heart, or lose those she loves forever.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (July 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803392
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,363,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Evocative, sensual, harrowing." -Publishers Weekly on Aftertime, Starred Review

"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, Barnes and Noble Book Club

"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

"Rollicking... Delivers on the promise of her debut, A Bad Day for Sorry. Littlefield wields humor like a whip, but never lets it dilute the whodunit."

--Publisher's Weekly on A Bad Day for Pretty [starred review]

"Crime fiction hasn't seen a character as scrappy, mean and incredibly appealing as Stella in a long time. A-"

-Entertainment Weekly on A Bad Day for Sorry

"[Littlefield is] one of the brightest new mystery writers in the business."

-The Huffington Post

"Another of the year's best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice."

--Chicago Sun-Times on A Bad Day for Sorry

"Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting as she disarms the reader.... [She] keeps the plot churning with realistic action that doesn't let up."

-South Florida Sun-Sentinel on A Bad Day for Sorry

"A Bad Day for Pretty firmly establishes [Littlefield] as a new brand of writer.... It's a joy when a new writer holds your attention from beginning to end. It's a treat when she has something so new to say."

-Crimespree Magazine

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 www.SophieLittlefield.com.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  35 reviews
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all monsters are monsters... July 18 2011
By Susan Tunis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have always thought that the strongest writers have a deep understanding of psychology, an ability not just to get at the complex thoughts and emotions of their characters, but to articulate them as well. And to create characters who are internally consistent, believable, and who breathe life. I generally muse over such thoughts while reading some piece of delicate literary fiction. How astounding, therefore, that the complicated characters are what I find driving Sophie Littlefield's latest zombie apocalypse.

It is the "latest," in that it is book two of her Aftertime Trilogy. If you have not yet read Aftertime, please do so before embarking on Rebirth. Aftertime can stand alone; Rebirth can not. It builds on what has come before.

I'm not going to go into detail summarizing the plot here, but I will say a few things... This novel, like the previous one, is driven by a hunt for a missing child. In it, Dor, one of the secondary characters from Aftertime, comes front and center. And perhaps most daring of all for a novel in the zombie genre, the zombies are little in evidence this time around. Oh, their threat hangs over everything in this wholly changed world, but of the many monsters you'll meet on these pages, almost all are human. And they are all the scarier and more disturbing for it. The story told is compelling, fast-paced, and deeply chilling.

Second books of trilogies are notoriously tricky things. Often they are intermissions before the end game, and they can loose their narrative drive. Happily, that is not the case here. Cass Dollar, the protagonist of Aftertime, is still at the heart of this story. I, personally, don't relate to her any better than I did in the first novel. Nonetheless, I find her absolutely fascinating. She's a tough, volatile character surviving in an unbearably harsh world. Love and revenge, often at war with each other, are the emotions that drive these characters.

This is a zombie tale for fans of The Walking Dead, readers who can appreciate a truly smart, profoundly disturbing, and ultimately character-driven tale of horror--and hopefully redemption. I could have quit reading after Aftertime. That novel concluded its arc and ended at a satisfying point. Rebirth also completes a full arc of the story. However, by the time you get to the end, you will be aching to read on. Just a little more torture from Littlefield, as we collectively wait to get our hands on the final volume!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Rebirth' blew me AWAY! Jan. 10 2012
By Literary Meanderings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
*Spoilers for Aftertime are present in this review*

Rebirth takes place a few months after the events of Aftertime. Cass has Ruthie back, and the two of them, plus Smoke, are now a seemingly perfect little family - but this semblance of a fairytale life (as much as one can have in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden world) in the Box is about to change.

Smoke receives word that the Rebuilders, who give people two choices: JOIN or DIE, have executed a group of people in the school he used to take refuge in. Not only that, but Dor's (the man who founded and runs the Box) daughter, Sammi, was one of the few that were taken into their custody. And now? Smoke is out for vengeance. He leaves the Box without even a word to Cass - leaving her to feel abandoned, heartbroken, and positively infuriated.

Cass quickly finds out from Dor that he also plans to leave the Box the next day. With resources beginning to diminish and her lover gone, Cass decides it's time for her to move on as well. So, she convinces Dor to let her and Ruthie go with him on his mission to save Sammi from the Rebuilders.

Things only become more complicated from here. Dor and Cass develop and odd love/hate relationship. Dor is hiding something about Smoke. Ruthie, who is usually a mute child, is beginning to blurt out seemingly prophetic words in her sleep. Blue-leaf kaysev, dwindling resources, desperate/violent squatters, and Rebuilders aren't the only dangers out there; The threat of the Beaters is ever present.

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Gosh, what to say about this book? It was fantastic! I don't have any complaints about it whatsoever. I knew Sophie Littlefield would not disappoint.

The characters are as multi-dimensional and intense as ever. Cass is passionate and damaged, but puts the people she cares about front and center. She sacrifices again, and again, and again. Smoke is becoming quite the enigma. What the heck is going on with him? I have no idea. It wasn't revealed to us in Rebirth, but the prospect of this secret's big reveal is almost too much for me to handle. And DOR, oh... Dor. He is my new favorite character. I love his broody outer-shell, and his big heart. Talk about paradox! One minute he's talking about how selfish he is, how much he could never care for anyone but himself - but the next he's throwing himself in the line of fire to protect people he doesn't even know, carrying precious Ruthie on his shoulders, and treating Cass with tender care. While I am on that subject: I love Cass and Dor together. Their relationship has this amazing passion that teeters on the tightrope of love and hate. You can just TELL something amazing is there. I hope with all my might that they are going explore this further in Horizon. The intimate scenes between these two were downright steamy. I needed to fan myself afterward. Phew!

The pace of the book was pure perfection. The continuation of the story was as epically amazing as the beginning. I could not get enough! I read it in about 6 hours. Every single paragraph left me in need of more more more! The author threw in all sorts of bombshells, too. The Rebuilders are up to some hardcore, terrible things. Smoke and Dor are both riddled with secrets. We learn more about Cass' past and the hardships she had to endure. Something completely strange is going on with Ruthie. The Beaters are getting desperate and smarter. The story also comes complete with a total cliffhanger of an ending.

Final words:

Rebirth is the best sophomore novel I had the pleasure of reading in all of 2011 (It's December 3rd, but I am completely confident I can say this and not have to take it back later). It's raw. It's brutally honest. It's mesmerizing. It's intense. It's emotional. It's chilling, haunting. It's a roller-coaster of genius. In a world replete with dangers, in a setting as bleak as they come - Sophie Littlefield has created a passionate web of human emotion that you really just can't, no... shouldn't miss.

If you want a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested, powerful, and moving novel - this book is for you. :)

*Contains adult content - definitely not suitable for minors*
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Two of the Aftertime Series Oct. 7 2011
By J. Kaye Oldner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Rebirth" is book two of the Aftertime series. Aftertime is what the survivors of California call this era, where the government's experiment turned the entire state into hunting grounds for zombies called Beaters.

Cassandra Dollar and her daughter have found solitude with Smoke in a survivalist community run by Dor, a strong character that's a bit of a mystery in book one. Things are changing though. Supplies are running low and the raiding parties are coming back with less each time they go out. There is another threat besides Beaters--the Rebuilders, a dangerous militant group. When Smoke gets word these Rebuilders have killed refugees in the place where he once lived, he sets out on a mission of vengeance, leaving Cass behind.

A few days later, Dor sets off to find his daughter who was taken by the Rebuilders. This time, Cass refuses to be left behind. She and her daughter travel with Dor. Their mission is to find Dor's daughter. Down deep, Cass is hoping to also find Smoke.

Compared to book one, "Rebirth" is a bit milder with the zombie action, at least the beginning and middle. This second installment didn't take my breath away, not like with book one. The best part, at least in my opinion was the last quarter of the book. That's when I stayed glued to the pages. Warning to readers though. The ending has a major cliffhanger--a good one.

I'm not a huge zombie fan. Keep that in mind when I say this is probably one of the best zombie series I've read. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, the audio version, being the best. Also, Luna is a division of Harlequin, but this isn't a romance book--not even a little bit. It's a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel through and through. Readers should begin with book one. Here's a list of the books in this series so far:

Aftertime - Book 1
Survivors - Book 1.5
Rebirth - Book 2
Horizon - Book 3
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vivid dark future fantasy July 19 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
California is an apocalyptic catastrophe with the cannibalistic fresh flesh eating Beaters everywhere, but Cass Dollar feels good as she has rescued her daughter Ruthie though the child has become mute from the horrors she lived through and witnessed (see Aftertime). While Ruth struggles with her psychosomatic trauma, The Dollar females reside at the Box camp with the mom's lover Smoke.

However though Cassie begs him not to, Smoke leaves on a vendetta. Just after he leaves, the encampment's leader Dor pleads with Cass to help him rescue his daughter; held prisoner by the ruthless Rebuilders. She wants to refuse as Ruth comes first and she fears the Box haven is falling apart, but Cassie also understands how Dor feels having gone on her impossible quest to save her daughter.

The second Aftertime post apocalyptic thriller is an exciting tale that places a human cost on the pandemic catastrophe. Readers will feel for Ruthie who is a superb traumatized child and understand the dilemmas facing her mother including her caring for the two strong men in her life. Character driven yet packed with action, Rebirth is a vivid dark future fantasy.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lots of narrative, where's the beef Oct. 2 2011
By Jeffrey M. Jilg - Published on Amazon.com
This book could have been so much better. The first action doesn't appear until 15% point. The intro is more deep narrative/teenage angst that seeped into the previous novel. Not very interesting.

After the first action I was hoping for more. But no, long narratives and deep introspections were typical of the whole book. That is boring to me. Heck if I want long narratives, I'll watch a talkshow with a bunch of people sitting around just pondering the world. That's what this book felt like.

3 stars for excellent editing, and a few new ideas. I'm not interested in the next book.

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