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 ouitlaw, 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...
"From H.G. Wells to Max Brooks to Cormac McCarthy, the End Times have always belonged to the boys. Littlefield's Aftertime gives an explosive voice to the other half of the planet's population: this is the apocalypse battled head-on by a heroine who not only kicks ass, but is driven by an instinct that only a woman can know. Cass Dollar fights like a girl—you've been warned. And did I mention the darkly comic flesh-eating zombies and the downright lyrical prose? Aftertime is a whole new kind of fierce." —Laura Benedict, author of Isabella Moon
"Sexy, chilling and hypnotically readable, Littlefield's apocalyptic dreamscape will stay with you long after you've put this book down." —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. A must read." —J.T. Ellison, author of So Close the Hand of Death