Review: After the Fire by Will Hill

Moonbeam has been told not to trust Outsiders. But when her trust in Father John starts to shake and a fire rocks things up, trusting Outsiders might be her only way of being truly set free.

To tell the truth, I was a bit nervous to start this book. I’d seen nothing but amazing things about it, and I was worried I might have to force myself through it and rate it highly just because of its popularity. But no, After the Fire really is a mindblowing novel, that very much deserves all of the hype surrounding it.

I can honestly say I’ve never read a book quite like this one, it was raw and powerful and I couldn’t put it down for too long. All the questions that popped into my head while reading it were answered and I really felt for all the lives that were affected despite it being fiction.

My only issue, which doesn’t really bother me, is how quickly Moonbeam told her story, though this could be down to how quickly I read the book. I’d have loved to know more about some of the characters, and perhaps what happens next.

I think I preferred the After chapters, maybe because they were less painful to read or perhaps because they contained some hope.

After the Fire was recommended to me, and I would recommend After the Fire to others. I won’t be forgetting this book any time soon.

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