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Civilization has fallen in California. Cass Dollar has beat terrible odds to get back her daughter Ruthie, but soon finds herself thrust into the heart of an organization promising humanity's rebirth at any cost.
Publisher: New York : Luna, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780373803538
Branch Call Number: General fiction L PBK
Characteristics: 379 pages ;,21 cm


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FangFiction Aug 27, 2011

This is book two of the AFTERTIME series. Cass, Ruthie (her daughter), and Smoke are living in a tent in the Box, trying to help Ruthie recover from her imprisonment in the Convent. When news comes the rebuilders have killed everyone in the shelter where Smoke used to live, including his former lover, Smoke takes off on his own personal vengeance quest, leaving Cass and Ruthie behind. Cass hitches a ride to Colima, the rebuilders' headquarters with Dor, the leader of the Box community. Much of the story follows Dor, Cass, and Ruthie as they journey across the barren, danger-filled wasteland that California has become. The remainder of the plot focuses on their adventures in Colima. When they arrive at the rebuilders' headquarters, they pretend to be a family, which further exacerbates the darkly sensual feelings ricocheting between Dor and Cass. The ending finds them on the run, with many dead rebuilders behind them and with a few more refugees added to their group—some grievously wounded. Although there were just a few too many angst-filled interior monologues in this book, I'm still hanging in because the story line is extremely intriguing and the character development is so well done. The primary themes of the series are perseverance and survival, and Cass is a poster child for both. She'll do what she must to ensure that she and Ruthie make it through to whatever future is in store for them. Some of her actions are cringeworthy, but she does what she feels she has to do. Cass is a complex character, trying to come to terms with her sordid past, daring to hope that she can provide a secure life for Ruthie, wondering whether her relationship with Smoke can last, and worrying about her feelings for Dor. See my full review of the series at


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FangFiction Aug 27, 2011

"But when the lights went out forever, there was a brief and reverent silence when Cass felt as though the soul of the city had been sucked out. It had literally felt as though everyone who was still alive stopped breathing for a moment—and then the first cry carried out on the wind, grief-struck meaningless keening that was more intense than anything she'd heard. It was joined by another and another and another, until the street outside her trailer echoed with a terrible symphony of devastation....Of all the abominations, the loss of power felt most like the loss of civilization." (Rebirth, pp. 222-223)

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