Afterland

Afterland

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Most of the men are dead. Three years after the pandemic known as The Manfall, governments still hold and life continues -- but a world run by women isn't always a better place.

Twelve-year-old Miles is one of the last boys alive, and his mother, Cole, will protect him at all costs. On the run after a horrific act of violence-and pursued by Cole's own ruthless sister, Billie -- all Cole wants is to raise her kid somewhere he won't be preyed on as a reproductive resource or a sex object or a stand-in son. Someplace like home.

To get there, Cole and Miles must journey across a changed America in disguise as mother and daughter. From a military base in Seattle to a luxury bunker, from an anarchist commune in Salt Lake City to a roaming cult that's all too ready to see Miles as the answer to their prayers, the two race to stay ahead at every step . . . even as Billie and her sinister crew draw closer.

A sharply feminist, high-stakes thriller from award-winning author Lauren Beukes, Afterland brilliantly blends psychological suspense, American noir, and science fiction into an adventure all its own -- and perfect for our times.

Title:Afterland
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316267830
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    Afterland Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”’And you’re returning to South Africa after your vacation?’‘Yes, that’s where we live,’ proud of the fact of it. Away from everyday Nazis and school shootings so regular they were pract...

  • Gerhard

    If Broken Monsters was Lauren Beukes’s great Clive Barker novel, then Afterland is her great Stephen King novel. By the way, I personally hate it when blurbs state breathlessly that if you loved ‘...

  • Matthew

    Afterland is an okay dystopian story. Somewhat of a rehash of the graphic novel series Y: The Last Man. How much knowledge Beukes had of that story or if she was influenced by it at all, I cannot say....

  • Andrew Smith

    I was worried about picking up a book centred on a pandemic, I mean the timing is interesting isn’t it. But two things quickly became clear:1. The pandemic here is different - it only kills men2. Th...

  • Tania

    "You can’t imagine how much the world can change in six months. You just can’t." Except that, now, of course we all can...3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I’ve read all of Lauren Beukes nov...

  • Bradley

    By now, a lot of us have read a lot of dystopias featuring sexual politics, often accompanied with some major disaster that leaves women a huge minority (The Book of Etta) or (The White Plague) or any...

  • Sonja Arlow

    3.5 starsI have read most of Lauren Beukes’s books and loved all of them. She has always had this undefinable element to her stories that made them stand out. From the bizzaro world of Zoo City to t...

  • Michelle

    Unfortunately this book was not for me. I almost DNFED it at 25%, 50%, and again even at 75%. As you can probably tell I do not like to DNF books, I think I owe the publishers and authors more than th...

  • Eli

    With transmisogyny fundamentally baked into the premise, and apparently a long history of cissexism before this, the author's presumed insights into gender, power and humanity are nothing but a trainw...

  • Crystal

    Hmm, sounds promising. I LOVE The Handmaid’s Tale, and this book said it would focus on a different type of dystopia, one where men were the rarity. Unfortunately, this book failed to live up to its...