A dark and enthralling story, After the Fire tells the dramatic story of seventeen-year-old Moonbeam’s terrifying life in a cult, her climactic escape, and her rehabilitation into the outside world. This novel is different and really makes its impression; it is like a dystopian fiction set within a normal world and every page is interesting from start to end. I would describe this book as suspenseful, riveting, and inspiring.
The following is a spoiler-free review.
Book Blurb: Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?
I absolutely loved the strong character of Moonbeam. She struggled through many hardships during her time within The Fence, but she has a ferocious nature and is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She is a true feminist icon and her desire to help the other children is amazing. Also, how cool is her name? Furthermore, I also liked Agent Carlyle, his dark humour, and fatherly protectiveness towards Moonbeam. It was lovely to see their relationship play out.
In contrast, the cult leader Father John is a despicable, initimidating and power-hungry character who strikes fear into those around him. Locking children in metal crates in the Texan heat, manipulating people into labouring for him, and only allowing two pieces of bread per day as nourishment? Yep, Father John is a repellent character. The author did a fantastic job at creating characters of such opposite force.
If you are looking for a dystopian-like fiction novel with a strong lead character and lots of twists and turns on the way, then I would definitely recommend this book. It is exciting and original.