Aftertime is the first book in the Aftertime series by Sophie Littlefield from Luna Books.
The World Is Gone...Worse, So Is Her Daughter
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...
Cass Dollar lives in a world that has been destroyed by terrorist: attacks on crops and live stock have left people starving. The government, trying to prevent the population from starving to death, engineers a plant that has all of the vitamins and minerals needed to sustain life - kaysev.
But something goes wrong and part of the plant mutates - and this mutated plant has a horrible side effect: it turns the person who consumed it into a mindless being with a craving for human flesh.
Cass was attacked by a pack of these creatures while trying to protect her daughter. Now Cass has no memory of the attack - but she remembers her daughter. And she has only one goal - to find her daughter - no matter who or what stands in her way.
Aftertime is the first book I have read by Sophie Littlefield and I enjoyed it. This book concentrates more on the breaking down of society after the devastation of the terror attacks. How the survivors live day to day - and how some people feel it is their right to decide how to rebuild and go forth.
The main focus is on Cass trying to find her daughter and what she is willing to do to be reunited. With that in mind, Aftertime is not as graphic as your typical flesh eating cannibal read. :)
I give Aftertime 3 out of 5 stars.