Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

By Sophie Littlefield

Awakening in a bleak panorama as scarred as her physique, Cass greenback vaguely remembers surviving whatever negative. Having no notion what number weeks have handed, she slowly realizes the scary fact: Ruthie has vanished.And together with her, the majority of civilization.Where once-lush hills carried autos and trade, the roads this day see simply cannibalistic Beaters—people grew to become hungry for human flesh via a central authority scan long past 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 lady who turned a zombie and one way or the other 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 palms. in particular after they study that she and Ruthie became the main feared, and wanted, of guns in a courageous new world….

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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. Cass had taught her to hold the blooms under her chin, so that the yellow reflected off her pale creamy skin. Oh, look, you must be made of butter, she teased Ruthie, peppering her sweet face with kisses. And then Ruthie would laugh and laugh and tickle Cass’s chin with bunches of dandelions wilting in her chubby little hands.

She put down the bucket of toys she’d been holding. A pretend zoo was laid out on the floor, and she and the boy had been helping the younger kids stack wooden blocks to make cages. “It’s not okay,” her mother hissed, but she stayed where she was. One of the other women laid a hand on her arm and said something that Cass couldn’t hear. “She only did what she had to,” Sammi added, glaring at her mother defiantly. “Besides, if you didn’t keep me cooped up in here like I was in jail—” “Don’t, Sammi,” the boy said quietly.

Cass worked in the QikGo until the end. Where else would she go? She couldn’t leave Silva, not without Ruthie. But as the world fell apart—as famine crippled Africa and South Asia, as one G8 capital after another fell to panic and riots in the wake of random airbursts, as China went dark and Australia mined its shores—Mim and Byrn held on all the tighter to their granddaughter. Cass had no detailed plan, only to wait until there were no more police, no sheriffs, no social workers, no one willing to come when Mim and Byrn called them to block Cass from seeing her daughter or even setting foot on their property.

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