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After the Fire

After the Fire is a psychological thriller written by Will Hill. It is fiction but the main idea is based on a real event.
It is about a cult, led by Father John, an ex-convict from prison. He uses the cult he made for his own gain, so he can be more powerful. He says everyone is free but he has everyone's driving licence and makes everyone give, in their will, everything to him. He preaches that if anyone left ‘the Base’ and went to ‘the outside’, they would be killed and people from ‘the outside’ would do horrible things to them.
He also constantly speaks of the end of the world and trains everyone inside ‘the Base’ to use guns, ready for that day. He has many loyal people who believe everything he told them, including for a long time, a girl called Moonbeam. However she starts to see the lies behind his words and the terrible things that go on all the time in ‘the Base’. Her mum is banished from ‘the Base’, which makes her doubt all the more.
The fire of the title occurs when the FBI storm ‘the Base’ as they are suspicious of some of the activity there. Most people believe this is the ‘Final Battle’ Father John has been preaching about for years, so they all use the guns to fight off the government. Moonbeam and very few others escape and are taken to a place where they try to talk about the traumatic events which occurred inside ‘the Base’ and what exactly happened on that fateful day, when the fire happened.
The story is told from the perspective of Moonbeam, who promises to tell them everything.
Would I recommend it? Yes, at the start I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but it is very interesting and makes you want to read on and find out what happens to Moonbeam in the end. There are some scenes which are inappropriate for younger readers so I’d recommend for young adults or older, not children. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Posted on: 12th May 2018 at 10:01 am

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