By Sophie Littlefield
Awakening in a bleak panorama as scarred as her physique, Cass buck vaguely recollects surviving anything negative. Having no proposal what percentage weeks have handed, she slowly realizes the scary fact: Ruthie has vanished.And along with her, the vast majority of civilization.Where once-lush hills carried autos and trade, the roads this present day see simply cannibalistic Beaters—people grew to become hungry for human flesh by way of a central authority test long past wrong.In a damaged, barren California, Cass will suffer a harrowing quest to get Ruthie again. Few humans belief an interloper, not to mention a girl who grew to become a zombie and in some way became again, yet she unearths aid from an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. Smoke is her savior, and her safety.For the Beaters are out there.And the people grip at survival with their set off palms. particularly once they study that she and Ruthie became the main feared, and wanted, of guns in a courageous new world….
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You’re safe here. Everyone’s just on edge. It’s been hard. ” For a moment no one spoke. Cass could feel Nora’s anger clogging the air still. “All I want to know is how she’s managed not to be attacked,” she said, addressing Smoke alone. ” Cass glared back. ” “Lucky,” Nora repeated, spitting out the word as though it was poison. “Listen to me. My daughter was there,” Cass snapped. “In the library. The second time we were attacked. We were outside. ” What Ruthie had really wanted was to pick dandelions, one of the few plants to survive the Siege.
A memory of Ruthie being carried away, screaming, sent to live with Cass’s mother and the man she’d married. The man who’d made her life hell. She remembered her own pleas, how she had gone down on her knees just like the woman before her now, how she’d collapsed on the floor after the front door shut behind Mim and Byrn and the court people carrying her Ruthie away, how she’d cried into the sour-smelling carpet until she could barely breathe. She released the girl then and watched her go to her mother, jogging across the pavement, but not before glancing back over her shoulder.
And did I mention the darkly comic flesh-eating zombies and the downright lyrical prose? ” —Alexandra Sokoloff, author of Book of Shadows “Wildly original, guaranteed to give you nightmares and allow you some small measure of hope for mankind, Sophie Littlefield’s Aftertime is a new generation of post-apocalyptic fiction: a unique journey into a horrifying world of zombies, zealots and avarice that examines the strength of one woman, the joy of acceptance and the power of love. T. ” —The Biting Edge A BAD DAY FOR SORRY RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award San Francisco Chronicle bestseller • IMBA bestseller Edgar Award nominee • Anthony Award winner McCavity Award nominee • Barry Award nominee A Guerilla Girls on Tour Best Book of 2009 “[A]nother of the year’s best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice.