Release Date: July 19, 2011
Aftertime Book #2
Review Copy Source: Netgalley
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.
This is one of those books that you cant say much about it without giving away spoilers so I'm going to try my hardest to write something good while not spoiling it for everyone else. I absolutely loved AFTERTIME and I really really enjoyed REBIRTH. I think Cass' devotion to her daughter Ruthie is awesome and I love seeing her trying to be a fantastic mom after what the two of them have been through. I think Sophie does a amazing job with feelings and writing them so that everything seems like its happening right in front of you. There are plenty of situations in the book that in a normal situation would be horrible to put your child through but with it being Aftertime and with everyone fighting for their life's it really is all necessary. I really have grown to like her relationship with Smoke so the events that took place in REBIRTH really turned me off. I can see how and why they happened it just sucked for me to have to witness them as I really really really didn't like it. I feel Cass tries really hard but the self destructive behavior that goes on is definitely going to make for an uncomfortable situation in the next book and it makes me sad. Dor has a much bigger role in book 2 then even Smoke has. I really enjoyed his character and seeing him actually care about someone was a nice change. Having said all that there is tons of action, grief and suspense to keep you interested through some tough parts and I felt the ending was fantastic. There isn't as many zombie scenes in REBIRTH but the ones that came along were really well written and fit in the story like perfectly. I cant even begin to imagine what will happen next for Cassie, Ruthie, Smoke and Dor but there is no way that I'm going to miss it.
I gave it 4/5 stars