12 February, 2017

REVIEW: REBIRTH by Sophie Littlefield

Title: Rebirth
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Series: Aftertime #2
Genres: Post Apocalypse, Zombie, NA
Publisher: Luna
Release: 2011
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 384

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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.

EXPECTATIONS: Okay so Rebirth is the second installment in Aftertime series by Sophie Littlefield. I have started this series pretty recently and felt all the way to the bottom in love with it so no surprise I ended up picking up the second book almost immediately.

THE WORLD: As the blurb already indicated, the world has fallen. Once upon a time there was a virus releases which turned people in Beaters aka Zombies and now they are after the survivors. Pretty much 95 or even 98% of population have turned into Beaters by now and the rest aka survivors are living in clusters in supposedly protected places. Well protected really as much as they can protect it themselves. And not just from the Beaters. There is a group called Rebuilders who fancy themselves the savers of human kind but really it is either you are with them or you die. So when I said protected places as much as you can protect it yourself, you protect them from Beaters pretty much till Rebuilders come and burn you down. At least that's what happened with the shelter at school. Anyways, this whole burning down the school shelters is what sets this book into actions because Smoke goes onto suicide/revenge mission to Rebuilders and Cass with Dor follow him. And that is how we meet very very bad people and later even worse Rebuilders. Oh and a few Beaters, but not that many in this book frankly.

CHARACTERS: So Cass....oh how much I loved her in the first book. I am not saying she gets worse in this book but there is just something about her that I don't like, something new and skinny and not Cass style at all. Basically she is pissed that Smoke leaves her and Ruthie behind and goes to revenge on Rebuilders. So she goes to Dor, the leader of the box where they live and because Rebuilders have Sammy, Dor's daughter Cass, Dor and Ruthie set out to follow Smoke and go to Rebuilders to get Sammy out. What happens during the time they travel was a bit well I don't know. I guess apocalypse brings out the worst of the people, especially where we had the part about barricade. But it was also realistic so all good in the end. And then we have Cass and Dor...hell I did not how to feel about whole situation at first but eventually Dor grew on me. I mean really Smoke just left and he supposedly has this big scary secret well you know what? In ya face Smoke, I am team Dor now. You don't deserve Cass.

ROMANCE: So I kinda spilled the beans already, we get a triangle. But not the worst type of so it kinda does not get annoying much.

GOOD: I liked that they went back on the road again. There is action. And I love the kind of action Sophie Littlefield writes. Plus she really can make you mad...some people are just evil but that is pretty much pink fields in comparison to Rebuilders. Let me just drop a few phrases here...like baby factory...or ash tray full of wedding rings...or I don't even know. Just horrible people.

BAD: I am not sure if there really was a minus in this book besides that nagging feeling I started to get towards Cass. She has changed and I did not necessary liked where it was going.

OVERALL: Jup still in love with the series. Sophie Littlefield managed to avoid a second book syndrome for sure! Of we go to the third and final book!

What do you think about REBIRTH?