Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

I am still rather undecided about this book. I have yet to determine whether I liked it. I am leaning toward no. In my opinion there were too many issues with this book to enjoy it.

The book is about a woman, Cass Dollar, that wakes up with some short term amnesia in a post-apocalyptic world. She remembers how the government collapsed, what caused it and all the backstory but she doesn’t remember what happened in the last few months. Presumably, she contracted the disease and somehow is now cured. Cass is on a mission to find her young daughter. This is the basic information from the back jacket, so no major spoilers.

This book really suffers from the lack of action. Most of the book is backstory and introspections. But, even though it focuses heavily on those two aspects, the characters seem terribly underdeveloped and most of the action and events forced. Relationships are not formed through communication and a bond, instead Cass and Smoke seems to fall into the relationship. So much importance is put into their relationship but the story just wasn’t there.

The author needs to put more work into the action and dialogue to really flesh out the characters and make us care about them. Because, I definitely did not care about the main character at all.

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