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#Afterland by @laurenbeukes

By Pamelascott
Three years after a virus wiped out 99% of the men on earth, a mother and son are on the run . . . All Cole has left in the world is her boy, Miles.

With men now a prized commodity, keeping him safe means breaking hastily written new rules - and leaving her own sister for dead.

All Miles has left in the world is his mother.

But is one person enough to save him from the many who would kill to get their hands on a living boy?

Together, Cole and Miles embark on a journey across a changed, hostile country, towards a freedom they may never reach. And when Cole's sister tracks them down, they'll need to decide who to trust - and what loyalty really means in this unimaginable new world.


'Look at me' Cole says. NAMING RIGHTS


(@PenguinUKBooks, 15 May 2020, 320 pages, ebook, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @OverDriveLibs)



I'm a huge fan of the author after her novel The Shining Girls blew my mind a few years ago. I read a lot of dystopian fiction but this sounded like something a little different. I had high expectations for this book. I had a great time reading Afterland. I don't think it was quite as amazing as The Shining Girls but it's a decent read. I liked the world created in the wood, with women the dominant race after a strange virus causes 99% of the men to die from super-advanced prostate cancer. It's a bleak, harsh and quite frightening world. The POV bounces back and forth between Cole, who's on the run with her son Miles after being betrayed by her sister, Billie and Billie, who's desperate to get Miles back to get her big paycheck. There are also flashbacks to the start of the virus and during the early stages. This is well-written, very entertaining and the characters are believable.

#Afterland @laurenbeukes

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