The conclusion to the Aftertime series is less violent and suspenseful than the previous books with Littlefield focusing more on Cass and her relationship with Dor and Smoke and their combined struggle to find a new settlement following New Eden being compromised.
There are a few moments of standard zombie horror, the most notable being an altercation with the recently turned inside a fortified mall, that aside, there’s little of Romero in Aftertime. For the most part, HORIZON is about the survivors and the monsters man turns into – greed and violence become all consuming as a course towards a new home is plotted safe from the hungry mouths of the Beaters.
HORIZON is a different book to AFTERTIME and REBIRTH as Cass and her family try to establish a ‘normal’ list amid the ruins of the world before. It’s my least favourite of the series but still a must for those who have read both AFTERTIME and REBITH.