Book Review: Aftertime (Aftertime #1) by Sophie Littlefield

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Aftertime (Aftertime #1)
by Sophie Littlefield

Published: 3/11/2011 by Luna Books

From Goodreads:

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….

goodreads Book Review: Aftertime (Aftertime #1) by Sophie Littlefield

The Bookish Brunette thought:

Aftertime was recommended to me OVER and OVER again by so many people that I finally decided to read it…

Cass had woken up bruised, bloody and broken with only fleeting memories of the day the Beaters (zombies) attacked her and her daughter, then drug her away. She meets Smoke and he decides to ‘escort’ her the rest of the way to the settlement that she can only hope her daughter is still safely being kept.

Littlefield’s zombies come about by means that I have yet to see in a zombie book… It’s always fun to get a new and interesting take on, “IF zombies were to take over- HOW they would do it!” In Littlefield’s version there is a plant called Blueleaf that if eaten and you survive the fever it induces- you will become abnormally beautiful and experience a high very much like ecstasy for two weeks until you start chewing off your own skin and going after others. Sounds totally worth it right?

The zombies in Aftertime are insanely fast, they also sleep and strategize also. Since they aren’t the “walking dead” or “undead” I suppose this isn’t a cause for concern! They are merely people inflicted with a virus, that eventually evolves into them eating the flesh of others… Not technically zombies at all. More like strung out, cannibalistic addicts.

“They still look like a bunch of fucked-up retards on the dance floor when they walk, and you still see them doing all kinds of freaky shit like they’re trying to remember what it was like to be human.”

Cass and Smoke make it back to the library only to find it overrun by the Rebuilders… An extremist group that think they are God’s gift to the “zombie” apocalypse. And they HATE Smoke, since he’s been rebelling against their efforts to take over. Cass’s daughter was sent to the Convent for safe keeping and Smoke and her are facing the firing squad… Almost literally.

I don’t know… I tried to feel sympathetic toward Cass, I really did. I realize people make bad decisions and then try to get their lives together… But but for all the times I felt a spark of sympathy for her- I also felt irritation. Her logic to ME made no sense. She doesn’t ‘remember’ this… she can’t ‘recall’ that… She pushes this guy away- all she wants is Ruthie…. But all the while she’s having sex with Smoke, talking about her ‘addiction’ to alcohol and all the stupid things she did when she was a drunk. To me she seemed selfish and ignorant.

I feel like Aftertime could have been AMAZING, if it weren’t for my PERSONAL feelings about people who lean on their addictions (or former addictions) like crutches or act like it excuses them from EVERYTHING. I mean REALLY. Help me. SHUT UP already. I have no tolerance or pity for people like Cass Dollar. Sorry.

In all reality there’s NO WAY Cass would REALLY survive the Zombie apocalypse, because if by chance she DID survive the initial outbreak. Her stupidity would inevitably lead to her starving to death, or she’d sleep right out in the middle of the freaking zombie war zone. More than likely, I’d just kill the chick. Not even joking. I really would. Trust me- I’d be doing everyone a favor.

You guys know I do not like giving ‘negative reviews’, nor do I give an ACTUAL rating for books that I DNF’d. But I honestly could NOT bring myself to finish this book. I TRIED to pick it back up several times, for the sake of Zombie Craze. But the thought of reading about Cass wallowing in self-pity for one more paragraph made me want to… I don’t know, go clean the toilets instead.

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Now just because this book wasn’t for ME, several people I know DID enjoy it:

♦ Parajunkee’s View (4.5 star review of Aftertime)
♦ All Things Urban Fantasy (5 ‘bat’ review of Aftertime)
Tina’s Book Reviews (4 star review of Aftertime) 

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62 Responses to Book Review: Aftertime (Aftertime #1) by Sophie Littlefield

  1. Trellyn says:

    I really need to get into zombie books.

  2. laura carter says:

    I love zombie books!

  3. Ellie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Trying to get into the zombie craze :-)

  4. I still feel the need to read this! I’m not a big fan of whiny baby female leads, but I’m so curious to see how this who series will pan out! Great review, and thanks for the giveaway!

    Chapter by Chapter

  5. Mr. B says:

    Awesome Review!!! Love it!!!

  6. Andra (Unabridged Andra) says:

    eh…Sounds like a chick I’d like to take a machete to…whiny characters are THE WORST. If they start off that way and then grow, I can forgive them…otherwise I’m like…yah…I’m going to drop-kick you in the trachea right now…

  7. You know – Cass gets a new personality in each and every book of the Aftertime series, and I never liked a single version of her. And that daughter of her’s sleeps through the entire series. (What’s that all about?!) But I loved the world building and there are particular scenes in each book that I loved which made the series a worthwhile read for me. I can see why you didn’t care for it, though.

  8. Eve Traetto says:

    Wouldn’t mind giving this book a chance despite the DNF. Lovin’ zombie/PA books these days

  9. Kimmie M. says:

    Thanks for the honest review! I would still love to give this one a shot though! :)

  10. Ughh a whiny chick MC, no thanks!! I can’t stand whiny characters either. I want to kick them in the freaking face! I actually had not heard of this series before now, but if the MC is annoying then I probably wouldn’t enjoy it much anyways. Thanks for the honest review, and for your sake, I’m glad you decided to DNF rather than clean toilets lol!!

  11. I am also not a fan of whiny leads but I am curious… It’s like the Forest of Hands and Teeth series, I have to try it but I know that it is a love or hate kind of series… Thanks for the honest review :)

  12. Farin says:

    Appreciate the review but would love to give this book a try. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  13. Heidi says:

    Ha ha wow that is a hard choice…finish reading the bad book with a whiney heroine or scrub toilets. Consequently, I was cleaning toilets the other day and my 3.5 yr old daughter was watching and she remarked” Mommy is cleaning the toilet, daddy made a stink in the toilet.”

  14. Tina says:

    BAHAHAAHA…your hysterical…cleaning toilets…:) So sorry you didnt like this one, I remember really loving it….you should maybe try her YA zombie book Forsaken, I think I gave that one a 5 star….and oh my gosh have you read Warm Bodies yet? That was my favorite zombie book ever…;D

    • Tina says:

      Um I meant Banished…..eek. I think Forsaken is the second one.

    • Oh dear… Warm Bodies wasn’t a FAV.

      Zombies with ‘feelings’. Bah. I *ALMOST* DNF’d that one too! lol

      • Tina says:

        LOL- what can I say…I like romance……..lets see I did read a zombie book a few years ago that let you pick the ending and you tore the page out to see if you died or made it……UM I DIED!!!!!…Probably cause I was waiting for romance or something….. I think it was something like Could you Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

  15. Mel S says:

    I can understand what you mean about Cassie, but I never really felt she was complaining – I felt she accepted her addictions too readily and as the story progresses it feels like she starts to fight back. Sorry you didn’t finish it – but I still loved it!! :-)

  16. Vivien says:

    I didn’t initially connect with Cass at first. I just loved how unique this version of ‘zombies’ was. Cass did grow on me after the first book, and while she’s not my favorite character, I do think she grows as a person. And for some, that’s all I ask for.

  17. Even though this was a dnf, you actually made me more curious in wanting to read this. I know that sounds odd, but it did!

    Btw, I could be that girl that you’d have to kill because just to get it over with. However, if I supply you with chocolate or something like that, can I live? ;)

  18. Megan says:

    I’m sorry that the book wasn’t for you, but I’d be willing to give it a try!

  19. Alexa says:

    Hmm I think I might actually like this one. I don’t like that she is stupid but I realize people make stupid choices from time to time. Plus I love Chess from Downside Ghosts series and she has drug problems and she never does things right but I still love her so this might just be for me.

    I know right you never thought I (Alexa) would say I would read a zombie sort of book on purpose lol

    Thanks for the great review even though it was a DNF

    • UGH! It drives me INSANE!!!!

      I hate it! It’s like it was ‘okay’ that she did everything she did bc she had problems. NO. That just makes it worse and her look stupid for blaming it on them.

  20. Stephanie27 says:

    I understand where you are coming from. I found the series to be a bit repetitive, but I felt like the writing other than that was pretty on point. I loved Danny and some of the others and that drew me in. I can say I found Cass to be very annoying and I read a comment above that said her daughter slept through the whole series and that is so true. Not my favorite series but still a good one.

  21. I hate that you did not love this one. I totally understand about Cass though, I have to admit I had a lot of the same feelings about her. I read the whole series though and I really ended up loving them all. I am glad that you gave it a shot though!

  22. Jolene A says:

    This sounds like something I would love, thanks for the chance to win

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  25. Ida says:

    Never read zombie book before but I’m planning on reading this. Thanks for giveaway.

  26. Jennifer says:

    Hmm sounds kinda different than the norm…I’d still like to try it just because of that. lol Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Flord Naezel says:

    I like reading zombie books though i get sometimes goosebumps or i would feel butterflies in my stomach. I haven’t read the book but about Cass, you pity her right? I could see that! It is how you feel, and besides, i would yell at the characters on some books when they made such mistakes like “NO! WTH?” and i think i might even yell at Cass. lol.

  28. teressa oliver says:

    thanks for the giveaway

  29. laura thomas says:

    Aftertime sounds great and I love a series. Thanks for the giveaway and a new author and books to follow. Will be reading these! Yeah, more zombies.

  30. Thanks for the giveaway! Zombies are amazing. Not the sweet fairies with pretty faces, nooo, they want to eat your brains with their decayed and rotten teeth, woehoe.

  31. Laura says:

    I have been wanting to read this for a while. Thanks so much girl!

  32. Alabell says:

    I really would like to read this one :-) (Alinka V.)

  33. Tiffany Drew says:

    Hmmm, even though Cass sounds like one irritating character, I think I’d still like to give this book a chance :) Maybe it will also inspire me to clean my bathroom, then maybe it will spark something in me and I’ll get off the computer and clean something else too. Not likely, but completely possible lol.

  34. Enna P. says:

    Like I said before I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!! I LOVE ZOMBIE BOOKS!!!!

  35. Kati says:

    I got book two and three for review but I didn’t get the first one.

  36. Mariam J. says:

    Looks great ! can’t wait to give it a read !

  37. Kimberly Lim says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway…

  38. Zombie love Brain, Me love Zombies, so Me love Brains.

  39. Ivya says:

    I have to admit I never read any zombie related book (not counting I Am Legend, as those were more likely a vampires) *shame*
    I would really love to read this one! ^^

  40. Thanks for the giveaway!! I haven’t heard of this book before, but I’m adding it to my TBR wishlist!

  41. Mary Ann Woods says:

    Love, love, love the whole zombie craze! Who woulda thunk this 62 year old grandmother would every feel this way? Aren’t I supposed to be sitting in my rocking chair and knitting?! Anyhow, thanks to everyone for introducing me to the world of zombies!

  42. Traci Loya says:

    Love me some zombies…this book sounds fab!! I like to form my own opinions!!! I am totally lovingthe zombie craze!! Would love to read the series!!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!!!

  43. Stéphanie says:

    Despite the DNF review, I still want to read this. I’m only now getting into the zombie books and I think this sounds exactly like something I would read!

  44. Tim Ward says:

    This book was top on the list for Barnes and Noble zombie list for 2011, or something like that. I’ve wanted it ever since.

  45. Katie says:

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I’ve always wanted to read this book, but 1) I have no money to spend on books when college is going on and 2) it’s not at the library.
    Thanks again!

  46. Another very unique zombie book… at least the sounds of it – being in ecstasy for two week before you start eating yourself and others…. I wonder why this 2 week period exists?? I’m always more curious about a book when someone does not like it as much as others…. I love how honest you are hun! Great review :)

  47. Sounds amazing! I would love to read it! Zombie books seem to be appearing a lot more often and I’d love to read more!

  48. Sarah says:

    Thank you for this review!! Everyone has been talking about how good this book was, and I was just about to go out and buy it myself but the first chapter I got to read on the internet gave me the same feeling as what you described and I wanted to see what others thought of it. I feel the same exact way about people like Cass. This book would have just ended up ruining my day.

  49. BrokenBlade says:

    I got half way through this book… then I couldn’t go on either. Didn’t feel anything for the whiny, slutty, druggie, main character. Also the story / “zombies” weren’t even that interesting. Your review sums this book up perfectly.

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