November 05, 2018

#BookReview: After the Fire by @willhillauthor with @RiseoftheReader

About the Book:

The things I've seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.

But there are lies behind Father John's words. Outside, there are different truths.

Then came the fire.

About the Author: 
Will Hill is an award-winning author and screenwriter. 

He was a bartender, a bookseller, a charity worker and a publishing marketer for many years before quitting to write full time. His debut novel was Department 19, the first in a five book series which was a bestseller in the UK and translated into more than a dozen languages.

His latest novel, After The Fire, won the 2018 YA Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and selected for the Zoella Book Club, and received widespread critical acclaim, including a starred review from Kirkus. 

Will lives in east London with his partner and two cats.
Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Fiction 
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My Review: This was an amazing and powerful story.  In the aftermath of a cult burning to the ground, we are given clues about how everything went down and what was really going on inside the walls of the Legion. It is told in alternating chapters of After the Fire and Before the Fire.  I really enjoyed how this story was told.  It gave me information about the story in a way that it didn't feel like info dumping and really made the story flow.  

I really loved Moonbeam and how she dealt with the situation and as the story unfolds you just fall in love with her even more.  

I really thought this story was very powerful in its telling. Everything that we learn about what each character was going through in the cult and everything that unfolded made this powerful, intense and horrifying. 

I will say that this felt like a one time read for me.  It's not the kind of story you read again and again. It's like the news you watch it then you move on and you don't watch the same story again.  It was really good and I will be keeping my copy but I don't think this will be something that I read again in the future. 

Do I Recommend this book? Yes! 

Go Into This One Knowing:  Rape, Imprisonment, No Real Romance, Cult, Survivors Guilt, PTSD 

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