Monday, January 30, 2012

Review (Science Fiction) | Horizon by Sophie Littlefield

BOOK DESCRIPTION: 
Cass Dollar is a survivor. She's overcome the meltdown of civilization, humans turned mindless cannibals, and the many evils of man. 

But from beneath the devastated California landscape emerges a tendril of hope. A mysterious traveler arrives at New Eden with knowledge of a passageway North—a final escape from the increasingly cunning Beaters. Clutching this dream, Cass and many others decamp and follow him into the unknown. 

Journeying down valleys and over barren hills, Cass remains torn between two men. One—her beloved Smoke—is not so innocent as he once was. The other keeps a primal hold on her that feels like Fate itself. And beneath it all, Cass must confront the worst of what's inside her—dark memories from when she was a Beater herself. But she, and all of the other survivors, will fight to the death for the promise of a new horizon….

MY VIEW:
Horizon is the final book in the Aftertime trilogy, and a most satisfying conclusion it is. The series has been a spiritual, emotional and physical journey for Cass across a post-apocalyptic America landscape that measures up to other similar science fiction classics such as Earth Abides, Alas Babylon, On the Beach and the works of John Wyndham.

In Horizon, once again Cass is uprooted from a safe refuge and forced along with the rest of her new community to seek safety elsewhere. The Beaters are evolving, learning and become an even greater threat. The trail is harrowing and the losses severe. The author imbues the prose with a lovely sense of melancholy that complements the world they now inhabit, yet never allows the main characters to lose hope for finding ultimate safe haven.

Cass is such a vivid protagonist. Flawed with an addiction she constantly fights, fearful of her unknown actions when she was a Beater and how it impacts her deep sense of morality, fearful for and loving of her daughter, torn between her two lovers, Smoke and Dor, and unsettled in reuniting and reconciling with her father. Secondary characters are no less fully developed and represent a realistic cross-section of society.

Horizon shows the best and worst of us but ultimately reminds us what it means to be human. Take a chance on this exhilarating adventure. You won't be disappointed.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373803422
  • Publisher: Luna
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Series: Aftertime #3


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