Aftertime, I bring you a review of its sequel, Rebirth. I should note that there is a novella, Survivors, that happens between the two books that is available for free download. I haven't read it yet but hope to in the near future.
Warning, this contains spoilers for the first book!
So the publicist for Littlefield saw that I was eager to get my hands on this book and sent it right to me. And obviously, I ate it up. It wasn't as easy going as it sounds. The first part of a bit slow in terms of plot and reacquainting myself to Cass Dollar.
This is a different Cass Dollar than the first. She's recovered, as much as one could, from her time as a zombie. She has her daughter back and settled into what one might call a normal existence in the survivor's camp, "The Box." Then a group of survivors called the Rebuilders, who are bent on ruling Aftertime, attack those who helped Cass at the beginning of her post-zombie journey. Cass' partner, Smoke, heads out to seek vengeance.
This is where we lose the Cass we thought we knew and see a whole new Cass. One who is still wrestling with her demons from her life as an addict and someone who inflicted self harm via sex. The one still wrestling with the guilt of losing her daughter, not due to zombies, but her inability to quell her addictions.
Cass is far from an ideal hero, yet she is one. She's not a character most people will fall in love with, but you will admire her for her tenacity and her devotion to her daughter. You will either empathize or be repulsed by Cass' choices all through the book. I swung back and forth depending on the decision! Post-apocalyptic life is far from black and white. Especially when you venture outside the relative safety of "The Box" to go up against the biggest threat - other human beings determined to fill the power vacuum and you have to bring your three-year-old daughter with you.
I can't wait for the third book!
Get caught up with Cass with your own copy from IndieBound or Powells.
Disclaimer: As stated earlier, a publicist sent me this book after my last review.
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