After the Fire by Will Hill is a book that I knew little about when I picked it up. Somehow, it ended up right on theme with all my latest reads. Cults and fires are popular literary topics! This was one of the books that I saw advertised on Goodreads and bought without looking at anything but the impressive five star rating. While this wasn’t my favorite book in the world, I must agree that it was a fantastic one. It was so good that I brought it with me on three hectic moves, because I had to know what would happen next.
After the Fire by Will Hill Synopsis
“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.”Goodreads
What I Loved
This is not a unique story, but I was eating it up from page one. I don’t know if it was the writing or the way the story progressed, but it was impossible for me to put this book down. I started reading this before bed while selling my house. I’d be exhausted, excited for bed, but I had to get a chapter in first. It kept me up many nights in three locations and it was worth it. Towards the end, once everything was revealed, I did feel a bit of a let down. Then suddenly, BAM something unexpected happens and the book ends with a bang. It was great.
Other than the writing and pace, I also loved the characters. There were many but we got to know just enough about each one that it was easy to keep up. They were all unique and added to the story. At times I do wish we had a deeper glimpse into some of them, but that could have been too much. I guess I could compare it to Goldilocks finding the bed that was just right.
What I Didn’t Love
As a woman, I usually find something to nit-pick in female protagonists created by male writers. I read the first chapter really quickly when I was half asleep and I originally thought that the protagonist was male. That was probably on me but there were some issues I found with Moonbeam. For one, even though she is only 17, she is more mature than I am at 28. That is fine, and believable because of what she has been through. At the same time, she is so dependent on all the male characters.
She chases one of them like a dog. This isn’t completely unrealistic and she did lose her father at a young age, yet it rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not saying that the author didn’t make her a strong character, because he did. But then he contradicted her by making her obsess over the men in her life. Am I reading too much into this? Maybe. Did it ruin my experience? No. This is a great book. And this is my only complaint.
Summary: After the Fire by Will Hill
You can grab a copy of After the Fire by Will Hill on Amazon. It was a great book and I would love to read more books by Will Hill. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves cult-themed books. Follow The Travel Bug Bite for more reviews! If you like this one, there will be many more that I reviewed that will interest you.
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