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Isabella, St Helen and St Katharine

After the Fire

“After the Fire” by Will Hill, was inspired by the Waco Siege in Texas in which 82 people, from a religious sect, died in a fire when under siege by “The Authorities’ or “ The Government”.

This is a thought-provoking novel about how one individual, Father John, controls others through lies, secrets and corruption; he has a massive hold on individuals, manipulating innocent and vulnerable people. Trapped inside the fence, members of the cult are not allowed to talk to Outsiders. Father John speaks the Word of the Lord or that’s what everyone thinks. Moonbeam, a seventeen-year-old girl who is the main character in the story, begins to doubt Father John’s authority. She knows hardly anything about the outside world, (the Servants of the Serpent) as Father John calls them, but as Moonbeam grows up, she starts to encounter the hardships of the compound and starts to question if Father John speaks the truth. The story is written through her eyes as she retells the events leading up to the inferno. Father John had always spoken of the Final Battle waiting to come, but how will they all ascend to be with the Lord? But when the final battle does come, will they be ready for it or will it be too late to stop Father John?

This is an amazing book, full of excitement, curiosity and terror. It is gripping, tense and powerful. I would recommend this book to older readers, as there is some difficult content in the book. I found aspects of the story upsetting, graphic and disturbing but I am glad that I persevered with it. The themes are difficult and challenging. But the book is really fast paced, and it starts straight into the action of the inferno, and it never has a dull moment!

Will Hill is an inspirational author. And I have really enjoyed reading this book.
I would rate the book, 9/10, as some parts were very upsetting and at points the story was hard to follow. But Moonbeam’s journey is also uplifting in many ways. All in all I would really recommend this book.

Posted on: 26th April 2018 at 09:38 am

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