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Stefan, Larkmead Secondary School

After the Fire

Imagine a world where all you knew was going up in smoke. Imagine a world where all the people you had ever known were either running away screaming, or taking up arms against the Government in a futile effort to defend what they believed in, in their Faith. Imagine a world where you were convinced that all of this was your fault.

The book is about a girl called Moonbeam. Moonbeam has lived most of her life inside The Base, along with the rest of The Lord’s Legion. The Base is a place for people who follow The Lord. Moonbeam has grown up here believing all the things she was told, that Outsiders will kill you at first sight, that The Lord is Good and anything against The Prophet’s wishes is Heresy. Yet, when her mother was Banished for Heresy, Moonbeam started questioning everything around her. She quickly came to realise that maybe The Prophet isn’t The Lord’s Messenger, but a person who is very good at making people believe what he says.

The story unfurls in the bluntly named ‘Interrogation Room 1’ where Moonbeam spends hours revealing her life to the psychologist, Dr Hernandez. Dr Hernandez helps people cope with difficult events in their life by talking it through. This is how we find out about most of Moonbeam’s life.

This book is very emotive. At some points I felt so sympathetic and sorry for Moonbeam that I nearly started crying! I also love the obvious divide between Before The Fire Fire and After the Fire. It makes it clear that Moonbeam really feels that many things had changed in that one event.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a really emotive read. I would give it a 9/10.

Posted on: 30th April 2018 at 08:27 pm

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