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Kyla, Oakgrove Readalots

After the Fire

“After the fire” is a story which follows the life of 17 year old Moonbeam. It surrounds her life in the George W. Bush Municipal centre, where she was sent after the fire. As she comes to terms with what happened, she begins to explain her story to Dr. Hernandez.
She recalls the horror and suffering she endured whilst being part of a cult, ran by a religious man named Father John. He uses a religious perspective to control and dictate all life inside the fence. Moonbeam and her friends within the fence must fight for God against the “Servants of the Serpent”, but will they choose to or not?
In my opinion, this was one of the best books I’ve ever read. I would personally be very upset if this book doesn’t win, because I have read other Carnegie books and have doubted their nomination to the award. This book was thoroughly engaging, and my only improvement would be making the ending longer! I did not want this book to end.
The book was fast paced and engaging. Despite being one of the longer books on the Carnegie shortlist, it did not get boring or repetitive at any point. I genuinely didn’t think I would like this book much, but I was so wrong. I think this could be my favourite book of all time, which is surprising, given it isn’t something I would usually pick up and read.
I would recommend this book to all young adults. I think that anyone could enjoy this book. It does take a few chapters before the book starts making sense, so I would encourage people to stick with it as it is really worth it. I do think that every young adult has the potential to find this book as thought provoking and exciting as I did.
I would also recommend this book to all adults, not because it is particularly challenging, but I do believe that they all would enjoy it to. Some adults may find it hard to relate to Moonbeam, but her story isn’t really intended to be relatable.

I would rate this book 5 stars out of 5

Posted on: 16th May 2018 at 01:54 pm

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