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Read By: Bianca Amato Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781478935063

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Longest Chapter Length:

25:00 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:02 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

13:25 minutes

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Publisher Description

Children of Men meets The Handmaid's Tale in this "smartly written" and "splendid" thriller about how far a mother will go to protect her son from a hostile world transformed by the absence of men (Stephen King).

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.

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"First off, if you ever see that the audio book you may choose to read is recorded by Bianca Amato, give it a chance. What an amazing reader, I have found that even when the written material is so so. Having her wonderful style of reading, gives any book an extra lift. "Afterland" very well written, not just another dome and glume, end of the world book. It really made me appreciate the men in my life."

— Trinity (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “A smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang…Splendid.”

    — Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “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, New York Times bestselling author
  • “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.”

    — Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author
  • “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
  • “Writers all over the world may be scrabbling to get the next big pandemic book written this year, but Beukes is ahead of her time.”

  • “A harrowing tale that ably explores grief, motherhood, and gender roles…A propulsive and all-too-timely near-future thriller.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Bianca Amato’s performance captures the tension that permeates this near-future story of plague and pursuit…The South African Amato’s performance is excellent. Much of her narration is taut, reflecting the story’s high stakes. But there are lighter moments as well, and she captures those nicely.”

    — AudioFile
  • Named one of the Hottest Books of the SummerGoodreads * Entertainment Weekly * Good Housekeeping * Milwaukee Journal Sentinel * Publishers Weekly * PopSugar * Literary Hub * CrimeReads

  • 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
  • Part thriller, part science fiction, and all amazing

    — Good Housekeeping
  • 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
  • A harrowing tale that ably explores grief, motherhood, and gender roles . . . Beukes is a gifted storyteller who makes it thrillingly easy for readers to fall under her spell as she weaves a hypnotic vision of a fractured world without men. A propulsive and all-too-timely near-future thriller."—Kirkus Reviews

  • Lauren Beukes is a writer with a startling imagination, and a masterful ability to rewrite the rules of whatever genre she turns to; and now, right on time, she has turned to dystopian plague.

    — Ben Winters, author of Underground Airlines and Golden State
  • Eerily relevant . . . Beukes' tender, insightful treatment of the relationship between mother and son is significant, and the interplay between feuding sisters is fascinating, as well.

    — Booklist
  • Deeply 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'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
  • Beukes nails the speed of the unraveling, and the strangeness of living in a suddenly altered world. I hope none of the rest of it comes true.

    — Emily Temple, Lit Hub
  • A timely postapocalyptic tale

    — PopSugar
  • Intriguing and all too timely . . . Fans of high-concept feminist SF thrillers will be enthralled. . . . A worthy addition to the pandemic fiction subgenre.

    — Publishers Weekly


  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Summer Books
  • A Gizmodo Pick of the Month
  • A Reviewers' Choice for July
  • A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • A Good Housekeeping Pick of Best Summer Books
  • An Esquire pick for Summer
  • An Oprah Pick
  • A Crime Reads Pick of Upcoming Books

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About Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screenplays. She’s the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom and the Vertigo Comics horror series, Survivor’s Club. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

About Bianca Amato

Bianca Amato, winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.