Reviews

  • A smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang . . . splendid

    Stephen King, New York Times
  • 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

    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, author of Walkaway and Little Brother
  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • (A) timely thriller

    i paper

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