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Ayesha, Impington Village College

After the Fire

After the fire is a really well written book full of cliff-hangers, unpredictable plots, unexpected deaths and strong descriptions on character's feelings and troubles; it has by far been one of the best books I have ever read!

Firstly, I thought the way that Moonbeam's feelings and thoughts were expressed was amazing and I could really understand what she had been going through. When she was being asked to talk to the 'Outsiders' for the first time, she had lots of pressure on her as Father John demanded her not to say anything to anyone - the way that carried on through most of the book and when she finally gained courage to say...(trying not to say any spoilers!)... I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders which shows that I was really engaged with the book throughout.

Secondly, the way the author had different chapters at different times and how Moonbeam would be telling the story to us in present tense and to the Doctor and Agent in the past tense, made it a real page turner. It did this by making me want to know what she said to the Doctor and Agent in the next 'After' chapter or desperate to see what she did in The Base on the next 'Before' chapter.

A negative about the book is probably the discription of: The Base, Father John, The Centurions and the society she had been living in. I found it difficult to understand who Father John was, whether he was a blood relative of the other people who lived in the base, a boss? However, I soon picked up who he was and many other queries I had about where she grew up were explained further in through the book. Also I found the ending a bit too sweet, but in a way I can imagine that the book needed a sweet ending after all the disasters Moonbeam had encounterd!

Overall, this book has been a unique one of a kind book that I am really glad to have read. I would rate it 9.5 out of 10!

Posted on: 25th April 2018 at 08:12 pm

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