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Mika, Ballakermeen High School

After the Fire

After the Fire is a fiction novel based on the real events of a mysterious fire in Texas in a compound of a cult. It tells the story of a seventeen year old girl called Moonbeam, who is one of the survivors of the devestation. The book starts off with a scene from Moonbeam's perspective whilst the fire is happening, then skips forward into the future, where Moonbeam and all of the other surviving children are being treated in hospital for both physical and mental injuries. The start of the story instantly gripped me, and the tension and anticipation just increased from there. So many characters are introduced and the book is like a rollercoaster of emotions, which left me constantly guessing and doubting... I have never changed my mind so much about where the plot was going in a book, and I received one surprise after the next. My favourite aspect of this book is the characters. I was amazed at how captivating each and every one of them were, and I found myself hating a character at one sentence, then relating to them the next. I think that each and every character could have an entire book dedicated to themselves, even the more insignificant background characters. Another thing I found interesting was how we were finding out more about the characters as we got further on into the book. The author wrote very cleverly, as to unveil exactly who the characters were, we had to go back into the past. The book was flitting between Moonbeam's past and present, but I think that this was done in an amazingly clever way to show us exactly who the characters were and why they acted as they did. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I think that the way the story is portrayed is exceptional.

Posted on: 3rd May 2018 at 08:16 pm

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