It has been a few months since Smoke helped Cass get her daughter Ruthie back and make a new life for herself. This has not always been easy, in a time when Beaters and Rebuilders roam the land, both equally intent on killing people. But life is good, if not stable. But then Smoke gets news that pulls him away from Cass and Ruthie, and their world is once again turned upside down. Cass and Ruthie leave with Dor, the leader of the Box they live in, and begin the hunt to track down other surviving family members. Add to this the fact that Ruthie is starting to show signs of being something more than she seems, and the stakes are higher than they have ever been before.
What an incredible, compelling sequel! I was completely blown away by the powerful first book, Aftertime. It was hands-down the best adult zombie book I have ever read. Sophie Littlefield has set the standard for bleak, rough landscapes- where it is depressing to live, but hopeful to survive. This second story picks up shortly after the first one ends, and not much has changed. Cass has Ruthie, who is an instantly likeable little girl. As was Dor, which I found surprising, since he was not portrayed in a nice light in the first book. Littlefield is not afraid to write gory and graphic scenes, which make the world all the more real. I love traveling with Cass as she navigates her heart and desires, and can't wait for the next installment!
Overall Rating: 5 Stars