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Adam, Shebbear College

After the Fire

'After the fire' is beautifully narrated. Set in the compound of the Lord's Legion, Texas, it hooks the reader immediately with a gripping description of 'the fire' then introduces the traumatic world the protagonist, Moonbeam; within the walls of the dangerous complex Father John controls everything and power is constantly abused.
Written in the first-person and giving an insight into Moonbeam's character, the chapters alternate between 'before' and 'after' the fire. This provides a sharp contrast yet highlights similarities between the two settings.
The character development in this novel is excellent, giving a deep insight into the personality of each character and a greater understanding of the story overall.
'After the fire' is a beautiful novel about how power corrupts, and about survival. The ending seemed too abrupt to me, and only gave a vague description of what happens to Moonbeam after leaving the centre, but it is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone 13+.

Posted on: 20th April 2018 at 01:22 pm

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