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Blade Runner meets The Handmaid's Tale in this thrilling story of how far a mother will go to protect her son in a hostile world transformed by the sudden absence of men.
Cole and her twelve-year-old, Miles, are on the lam. Fleeing across the American West, they're desperate to find a safe haven. Until they do, they must maintain their disguise--as mother and daughter. Because Miles, a boy, is the most valuable commodity in the world.
Within just a few, horrifying years, ninety-nine percent of the global male population has died in a pandemic. Now, women run everything, from neighborhood bars to police departments to research programs searching for a way to keep the human race going.
Stealthily and swiftly carving a trail from luxury bunker to anarchist commune to nomadic religious cult, Miles and Cole will need all their cunning, planning, and luck to outmaneuver the very bad, very dangerous people who are hot on their heels-among them, Cole's own sister.
A brilliant blend of psychological suspense, American noir, and trenchant science-fiction, Afterland is the high-concept feminist thriller that Lauren Beukes's fans have been waiting for.
About the Author
Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screeplays. She's the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller Broken Monsters, as well as The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir and winner of the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, and the neo-political thriller Moxyland. She worked as a journalist and as show runner on one of the South Africa's biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
"I'm an enormous fan of Lauren Beukes. She's an
endlessly interesting writer, able to bend and weld genre to ask provocative
questions and bring light to the shadows of the human condition. Afterland is
a thoroughly gripping, imaginative thriller about a mother protecting her son, a rare survivor of a
devastating plague that wiped out most of Earth's male population. In this new world,
women exercise power for and against each other--the power of love, the power
of violence, unleashed in the absence of men."
—Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay
compelling . . . I haven't been able to stop thinking about Afterland.
Beukes brings a deep tenderness to the tangle of humanity that comes with
widespread grief and clumsy attempts at coping with the weight of loss. This is
really something special."—Sarah Gailey, author of Upright Women Wanted and Magic For Liars
"I am always here for new Lauren Beukes, but this one sounds particularly good...regardless of plot, you can always trust Beukes to surprise and delight-as long as you've got a strong stomach."—Emily Temple, Lit Hub
PRAISE FOR LAUREN BEUKES:
"Her prose is unhindered, exuberant and something like addictive.... You could say that she's as edgy as James Ellroy, as creepy as Stephen King and as darkly funny as Kurt Vonnegut, but Beukes is an author whose work is resistant to easy comparisons."—Michael Shaub, NPR
"Intriguing... Beukes deals with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it."—Gillian Flynn, O Magazine
"The anticipation and dread Beukes crafts is remarkable. Also remarkable is Beukes's ability to blend genres, seamlessly incorporating horror, fantasy and traditional crime in ways that highlight the best parts of each."—Entertainment Weekly