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12 August 2017

Zoella Book Club Review: 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?

Source: Purchase

5 Words: Family, belief, control, isolation, survival.

I went into this pretty much blind - as usual I hadn't read the blurb. What I knew of it came courtesy of #SundayYA and from the little I did know, I was eager to get reading. Because everyone who had read After The Fire had only good things to say about it.

I loved the way the story weaved between Before and After, how it was slowly revealed. It wasn't in order, there was a lot of switching back and forth, but it was at no point confusing. Rather, it kept me almost addicted to the story and made for some shocking revelations.

This is an intensely brutal story, honest and hard-hitting. It is a chilling page turner and I struggled to put it down. Believe the hype and read this book.


  1. To borrow a Game of Thrones reference, I'm a Tully at heart, so anything focusing on family has my attention! Glad this was such a good read. I enjoy stories with an unusual narrative structure so the before and after approach sounds awesome!


  2. Well, that was not the kind of book I expected from the Zoella book club thing... But is it dystopian or just a creepy cult thing? Cause that's the vibe I'm getting.

    x Envy

    1. Not dystopian, it's loosely based on the Waco siege. Creepy cult it definitely is.


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