About: After The Fire
The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.
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 listened to the audiobook of After The Fire, but I was also provided with a print copy for review from the publisher. This has not affected my opinions.
I stated on twitter soon after finishing the book, that I thought Moonbeam, might just be one of my favourite characters of the year. Thinking about writing this review a few weeks later, my opinion has only strengthened.
Moonbeam’s recovery story is just has heart-rending at times as the story of her time in the compound. Will Hill doesn’t pull any punches, and takes her story exactly where it needs to go. It is a tense hard read at times, but it’s all the more heart-warming as we watch her come out the other side.
Whilst Father John is a rightly vile character, one of the most impressive things Will Hil manages to do is portray why Moonbeam’s fellow community members have such faith in him, without them coming across as foolishly ignorant.
This was just so different to Will’s fantastic Department 19 series, I really wasn’t sure what to think going in. Still I knew I wanted to read it, and of course he’s more than proved he can write totally different styles. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.