Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

By Sophie Littlefield

Awakening in a bleak panorama as scarred as her physique, Cass buck vaguely remembers surviving whatever bad. Having no notion what number weeks have handed, she slowly realizes the frightening fact: Ruthie has vanished.And together with her, the majority of civilization.Where once-lush hills carried vehicles and trade, the roads this present day see in simple terms cannibalistic Beaters—people became hungry for human flesh through a central authority test long gone wrong.In a damaged, barren California, Cass will suffer a harrowing quest to get Ruthie again. Few humans belief an intruder, not to mention a girl who grew to become a zombie and in some way became again, yet she reveals 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 arms. specially once they examine that she and Ruthie became the main feared, and wanted, of guns in a courageous new world….

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The job she’d held through it all—maybe managing a convenience store wasn’t the most impressive career in the world, but at least she was helping people in small ways every day rather than fleecing them out of their money, the way Byrn did with his questionable investment strategies. But she and her mother saw things through very different lenses. It would not hurt Cass to see her stepfather, who was finally weaker than she was, his ex-linebacker frame now old and frail compared to her own body, which she had made lean and hard with her relentless running.

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.

Her back had been an agony of shredded flesh and it was still healing, but the wounds on her arms were almost completely healed, marking crisscross scars across her flesh. “On the road,” she mumbled. “Things happen, you know. ” “No shit,” Nora said. “Go easy,” Smoke murmured, a warning in his voice. “Look at her,” Nora hissed, her voice low and angry. “We’ve seen that before. ” Smoke shook his head. ” Cass demanded. Smoke looked at the table, wouldn’t meet her eyes. “There’s been a few kids—” “Not just kids,” Nora interrupted.

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