|By (author):||Beukes, Lauren|
|Subject:||FICTION / Dystopian|
|FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|From The Publisher*||Children of Men meets The Handmaid's Tale in this "bowstring-taut, visceral, and incredibly timely" thriller about how far a mother will go to protect her son from a hostile world transformed by the absence of men (Cory Doctorow).|
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.
|Review Quote*||"A smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang . . . Beukes is all about turning assumptions and expectations upside down. . . . Think of a world where Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have gone to their reward, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg keeps on trucking. That doesn't sound so bad, does it?"|
-Stephen King, New York Times Book Review
|Review Quote*||"Bowstring-taut, visceral, and incredibly timely: Beukes's plague-tale is a parable about the glory and terror of Americanism in times of calamity."-Cory Doctorow, author of Walkaway and Little Brother|
|Review Quote*||"Beukes's imagined world [is] a thrilling setting for an examination of maternal love."-Joumana Khatib, New York Times|
|Review Quote*||"Beukes is such an idiosyncratic writer - one who deftly mashes up suspense, sci-fi, horror, time travel, and, yes, dystopian fiction - that she's hard to ignore. . . . Beukes imbues what could have simply been a sensational thriller with psychological depth and sharp detail. For those whose taste for dystopian suspense is undiminished, Beukes's tale of a mother and son making their way across a post-pandemic-ravaged landscape is prescient and taut."-Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post|
|Review Quote*||"A post-apocalyptic thrill-ride."-O, The Oprah Magazine|
|Review Quote*||"A post-pandemic gender-spun thriller that's sharp-as-a-pin and manages both urgency and relevancy in equal measure. Gripping prose from the first page that made me want to be a better writer. Beukes always moves to the top of my must-read list."-Chuck Wendig, author of national bestseller Wanderers|
|Review Quote*||"A gripping work of speculative fiction. . . . In today's world, Beukes' feminist dystopia of contagion, police brutality, and religious extremism hits frighteningly close to home."-Esquire|
|Review Quote*||"If you're ready for a wild ride across an America forever changed by a devastating pandemic, climb aboard . . . It's a lot - but it's also a lot of fun."-Boston Globe|
|Review Quote*||"Part thriller, part science fiction, and all amazing"-Good Housekeeping|