Afterland (Paperback)
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Afterland (Paperback)

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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 24/06/2021
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The acclaimed author of The Shining Girls crafts a complex, psychologically acute post-apocalyptic thriller in which a mother must defend her son – a rare boy survivor of a deadly virus – from other women desperate to claim him as their own.

A world of women
A mother and son on the run

Three years after a virus wiped out most men on earth, Cole's son, Miles, is one of the rare survivors.

Yet in this changed world, there are women who would kill to get their hands on that most prized commodity - a living boy.

Getting Miles to safety means crossing America with deadly pursuers hot on their heels - including Cole's own sister, Billie.

But if there are some who will commit any crime to possess Miles, Cole must face some terrible choices to protect her son ...

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405923705
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 328 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 28 mm


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'A smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang ... splendid' - Stephen King

'Powerful and intelligent, with some unexpectedly trenchant humour, this welcome addition to the no-longer-so-speculative pandemic subgenre has plenty to say about grief, love, family ties and gender roles' - The Guardian 

'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

'Five years in writing, this intelligent speculative novel about a pandemic feels alarmingly close to home' - Metro 

'You can't imagine how quickly the world can change in six months - there probably isn't a more resonant sentence to be found in any other novel published this year. A fast-moving thriller [that] splices gut-punching action sequences and feminist gender politics with an impressively light touch. Bubbles with big ideas. This intelligent speculative novel about a pandemic feels alarmingly close to home' - Metro 

'Afterland is that rare creature, a ripping tale that neither shies away from big questions nor interesting answers' - The New Scientist 

'Teases out the deep familial currents that run through its relationships, explores gender and reminds us that dystopian fiction can be seriously grown-up entertainment' - SFX 

'Afterland could not be more timely or terrifying ... An excellent example of the prophetic nature of speculative fiction. Lauren Beukes is one of the most innovative and provocative writers on the contemporary scene' - Scotland on Sunday 

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“'The Road' for the Covid Era”

Afterland is a disturbingly prescient story about a mother and a son on the run in the wake of a horrific pandemic that has killed off most of the male population of the world. The American government want Miles... More

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@jakeisreading

“A dystopian thriller featuring beautiful, thought-provoking writing”

A slow-burn story about a mother and son on the run, Lauren Beukes’ dystopian thriller Afterland contains some of the most impressive prose I’ve come across recently. It is a feminist critique of patriarchal society... More

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Blue Book Balloon

“Post apocalyptic thriller with heart and soul”

I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of Afterland via NetGalley.

It's been too long since Lauren Beukes had a new book out so I was really looking forward to reading Afterland - and it... More

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