After the fire

After the fire by Will Hill

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?

20 Reviews

Ratton School

28th November 2018 at 6:57 am

Really great book loved the characters and the twists. Couldn’t put the book down.

Ratton School

28th November 2018 at 6:56 am

An excellent book that I definitely recommend reading. It’s plot and twists really engage in the story and makes you want to find out more. I love the shifting in time how it switches from the past to the present. Really good book.

Shoreham College

21st November 2018 at 9:04 am

I really liked this book, its very different and not a normal read.
I would say this is the best book of the 5, as it tells the reader a very different story, and widens their imagination.
After the fire is a very hard book to put down, its well written and has lots of surprises.
The way the characters are described is amazing, and the character Luke, is a really interesting character in the book.
I would deeply recommend this book, as its clever, sad and interesting.


5th November 2018 at 5:29 pm

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time! This book is really engaging and I especially enjoyed how it switched between before and after the fire. The plot is really interesting as well.


5th November 2018 at 4:53 pm

‘After the fire’ is a book with a range of emotions and scenarios of what it is like living in a cult. I enjoyed how the book switches between ‘Before’ and ‘After’, as this technique evoked my eagerness to see what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who are interested in exploring in genres like adventure and young adult fiction.


2nd November 2018 at 4:51 pm

I loved this book! It was well written and kept you hanging on until the end. It had a lovely ending which made it such a good read. In fact, it does remind me of the book ‘Seed’.

Ratton School

28th October 2018 at 4:14 pm

After the fire is a gripping, intriguing book, and I enjoyed it immensely. The plot is structured in an interesting manner, and the characters are well-written and likeable. I loved reading this book, and found it hard to put down for even a few minutes. I would definitely recommend After the fire, as it is one of the best books I have ever read.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

24th October 2018 at 9:14 am

After the Fire was such an engaging and horrifying story. I absolutely loved the idea of the cult and having Father John control everything inside The Fence. However, I also found it so controlling and engrossing that sometimes I had read about a hundred pages and not realised I had!

It was just a brilliant book with amazing characters which felt so real that every time something happened to them I would feel like I was there. I cannot wait to see Will Hill at the ceremony. His book was utterly fantastic and is probably by favourite book of all time.

Woldingham School

8th October 2018 at 7:55 pm

I thought this was an intriguing book. The way it switched between before and after fitted the book and made it a really engaging read. Moonbeam is a very complex character and it makes us wonder aout the dark secret she is hiding. I would definitely recommend this.

Woldingham School

3rd October 2018 at 1:49 pm

This book was so thoughtful and engaging. There were many suspenseful plot twists. I read it so quickly as I could not put it down. Would definitely recommend it to friends and think this could definitely be a possible winner.

Benenden School

3rd October 2018 at 9:15 am

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The way it was structured and it really made you think about how all the memories linked up and it wasn’t that hard to either. After the fire whisked me into the perspective of Moonbeam and made me feel how she was feeling no matter the emotion; Anger, disgust, happiness or sadness. I was enthralled. The difference the relationship between Moonbeam and the two men from the beginning and the end was amazing. I felt joy reading their relationship grow. (although it was sad when neither of them adopted her). Will Hill handles cult life well, it could of gone either way but it went really well, I enjoyed every flash back and present day and thoroughly recommend this book.

Zara Y9 Benenden

Benenden School

3rd October 2018 at 9:15 am

After The Fire was an absolutely brilliant book to read. I was captured by the story very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the book. The premise was not only very interesting but also packed a strong emotional punch, the relationships and interactions between the characters were truly fantastic and the ‘Before and After’ style of writing was used perfectly. I don’t think blurb of the book did the book justice and I was really hoping the two men Moonbeam met would eventually adopt her. The reveal at the end of the book was a little predictable and I didn’t like the ending in which a character showed up since I thought it was a little unnecessary. However, none of those things have changed my opinion on this book. I absolutely loved the book and would 100% recommend it!

Annabel Y9 Benenden

Benenden School

3rd October 2018 at 9:14 am

I think that so far, After the Fire has been my favourite book. I loved the way that Moonbeam went back into the moments in the past when telling her life story, as if it was happening in that moment. I also love how it was based on a real-life story, and that it was adapted to make a thrilling tale of Moonbeam’s life.

Katharine Y9 Benenden

Benenden School

3rd October 2018 at 9:14 am

Having read and watched many stories similar to these, I can say that this book has been fantastically well written. I absolutely loved the plot twists that have been sneaked in, especially when you have a feeling you know what’s coming only to be taken completely by surprised. Even after you’ve finished the book, the characters are still fresh in your mind with how complex their personalities seem to be, and how they really seem to reflect the inner battles of telling half-truths or lies, to run or to stay. So much so that you can’t seem to categorise if they were good or evil, and truly at fault for what happened or if they really did what they thought was right.

Now if you haven’t read the book, you will think that my ramblings are rather weird, so I do urge you to read it so that you too can share your views on this book.

Moving on, if I had to say one thing I didn’t particularly enjoy about the book, it would be first and foremost the blurb. I think that it completely downgraded the book and seemed to do the opposite of what it was supposed to do which is to draw people in. From the point of view given, the book seemed quite dull and similar to many others where the main character has had a bad past, been brain washed, and don’t know what to do but is trying do what is best for her. And although I did think that the book had a very basic plot line, the way Will Hill seems to have your heart strings in his hands as you read on, you kind of overlook it until all is revealed.

Katie Y9 Benenden

Benenden School

3rd October 2018 at 9:13 am

This was a very interesting book to read as I am an agnostic, but I still love learning new things about different religions. It was fascinating to have a look into the dark side of humanity. This was a very brain stimulating, thought provoking book as it shows you what happens when someone gets drunk with power and uses a belief against innocent people for their own purpose.

At first, I was a bit sceptic about how the book switched between Before and After, but I soon got used to it and loved how Hill withheld secrets using this technique.
It was also really nice to read outside of my usual book genre and try a different type of book. I definitely recommend this book to all generations.

Lili Y9 Benenden

Woldingham School

2nd October 2018 at 5:55 pm

This book got a lot of thought provoking points, for example, how does the cult control an adult so easily, why there are so many people believe in that, is that because of the human weakness, or maybe the loophole of the society? Also Father John is a interesting character, he has been swallowed by desire and exploited religious loophole to satisfy his own desire, but the reason or background behind Father John is also a interesting point to discuss.

Ardingly College

24th September 2018 at 4:19 pm

This Book was AMAZING!!!! I loved the characters, the story line was so interesting, and it was a good captivating read!! Really loved it


24th September 2018 at 3:11 pm

This is a fantastic book, which really highlights the manipulation within cults. A real page-turner as well. The main character and her struggle to adapt to life outside the cult feels totally real.

Pupil, Roedean School

22nd September 2018 at 12:41 pm

Loved it. Read it in two days. Liked the way it switched between times and enjoyed the psychological aspects of it and thought the main character was well portrayed. Found it page turning.

Student, Roedean School

22nd September 2018 at 12:35 pm

Very good, lots of tension, amazing story and characters.

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