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Evie Law, Elthorne Park High School, West London

After the Fire

After the Fire is a very engaging book about a look at life inside a cult and how it affects survivors. Father John likes rules, especially not to talk to outsiders because he knows the truth (he knows what is right and what is wrong, he knows what's to come)- Moonbeam starts to see lies behind Father John's words and when a fire engulfs the compaund, Moonbeam is forced outside of The Fence and into a world she does not recognise. It looks at her life before the fire and her time spent in a government-sanctioned facility afterwards. I think After the Fire is a great book, not just because of the storyline but also because it's inspired by a true story about an American cult which really allows the readers to engage and empathise with the characters and compare it to everyday life as we know it and what goes on in other places that we don't necessarily experience ourselves. I also really enjoyed how Will Hill structured his chapters as I think it made the book a lot more effective.

Posted on: 17th May 2018 at 07:59 pm

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