After the Fire by Will Hill

After the Fire

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...

Details After the Fire

TitleAfter the Fire
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews After the Fire

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    🏚 An intensely powerful story of survival after life in a cult. 🔥The story is woven into Before and After the events of the fire that ultimately lead to the death and rescue of various Holy Church of the Lord's Legion cult members. Events are slowly revealed by Moonbeam. She shares what she is able to speak aloud daily in therapy sessions so her story comes out a bit disjointed but the process is authentic and works well within the story. ...
  • Debra
    After The fire is told in alternating timelines from "before the fire" and " after the fire". Moonbeam was a member of the Lord's Legion, which can best be described as a cult. Her parents joined when she was young and living inside the "fence" is all she has ever known. Before the fire, she was taught not trust outsiders and to only trust Father John who receives the word of God and is preparing the "cult" members for the final battle. After the...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    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 ba...
  • Selena
    I received a free coy of After The Fire by Will Hill from NetGalley for my honest review. I don't normally read YA books but I had read so many good reviews that I decided I wanted to request it. I am very glad I read it. A fantastic read!This is a story that goes from past to present in regards to Moonbeam and how she deals with the aftermath of a fire that uprooted her entire life. She wakes up in a secured facility but is scared and doesn't kn...
  • Steph
    This book is an absolute triumph. It's tough, moving, brace, honest. Moonbeam is an incredible main character and she is surrounded by repulsive characters and incredibly grave characters. I loved every second of this book. It's tense and intense. Totally worth reading. What a journey.
  • Dianne
    It’s hard to imagine one person being able to completely control the thoughts and actions of a crowd, but it happens, the hive mentality can provide a safe haven for some. Is that a failing of society? Of parenting? Of mentoring? How does an immoral vulture choose his victims?Will Hill’s AFTER THE FIRE is a raw and telling look into the power of manipulation, brainwashing of the innocents and the aftermath of “freedom.” Although fictitiou...
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    4.5 stars
  • Kelly
    I was immediately sold on reading this book the second I found out that it was about a cult. There is something so mysterious about a cult that really draws me in. A fascination to discover how people live in them and what it is that draws their faith. I had heard brilliant things about After the Fire and so I dived straight in after receiving the book as a birthday gift.Will Hill certainly does not mess around with his writing and this is such a...
  • Kirsty
    Super intense and really chilling YA. I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put it down until I was done.I've come to expect a lot from Will Hill's writing after loving his Department 19 series despite not particularly being a fan of vampire stories or gore he had had me hooked. This book is completely different content wise but hooked me in much the same way with the intense writing style and an intriguing storyline. Moonbeam's sto...
  • Ruthy lavin
    Oh my goodness, I couldn’t put this down - what a story!This book is just amazing, I haven’t got this excited about a book for ages. I’m new to Will Hill’s work but I am now a confirmed huge fan - such is the brilliance of this story.I love the main character and the alternating style of writing In past and present tense works so well.My heart is still aching and I’m gutted the book has ended :(An easy peasy and very worthy 5 stars 🌟
  • Rosanna Threakall
    4.5* !
  • Roxanne
    Thanks to Sourcebooks and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.I am going to keep this vague because I think it adds to the story so I won't use the main character name.She awakes in the hospital, she knows there was a fire, she tried to get the children out, and she had to rely on the government to help her. She isn't sure who to trust because Father John always said that they Outsiders lie, but she knows that he lied t...
  • Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.Wow. What an incredibly powerful and emotional book. Moonbeam has spent most of her life with a religious cult. The book starts with a fire at the compound and a fight between its residents and the Government, whom the leader always said was out to get them. Moonbeam then spends time at a facility, where she describes her life to a psychiatrist and an FBI agent and she has group ...
  • Mehsi
    This was an absolutely stunning, beautiful, OMG what did I just read, book, and I would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. About a cult, about what happens after when everything goes up in flames, about faith, about so much more. I will try my best to write a review, but bare with me as I am still overflowing with emotions about this book.The book starts with how the cult ended, how our MC, Moonbeam, got in the care of doctors and therapists. What ...
  • Roya
    I don't think it was dealt with enough depth or research. I don't think it was even revised enough times - the last chapter where we find out what the main character actually did is kind of obvious but is not integrated into the story. The only up sides to the story were the voice of the main character, which was plausible and the overall idea, which was fascinating even if the execution kind of ruined it.
  • Elizabeth
    Tl;dr: Well written and sensitive account of a teenage girl who is a survivor of a government raid on the cult where she was raised. Will especially resonate with those who remember what happened in Waco, Texas (which is adult readers)Although After the Fire is classified as a young adult novel and I do think the mc, Moonbeam, and what she goes through will be interesting to teen readers, I think that adults who renember what happened at the Bran...
  • Juli
    Moonbeam was a member of the Lord's Legion cult until a fire destroyed the cult compound. She, and the other members, had lived totally controlled by cult leader Father John. As the fire is investigated, facts about the cult, its leader and members, and daily life in the compound are revealed. Although this book is a little confusing at first, as Moonbeam reveals more and more about the compound and cult before and after the fire, the story becom...
  • Ruzaika
    Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review by Usborne Publishing UK.Another version of this review can be found here. Inspired by a real-life American cult, After the Fire is a story of survival of a girl who has lost everything she was brought up to believe in as her world. Read on to see just why you must pick this gripping novel up as soon as possible!"Bad and good, False and true: they're the opposite ends of a whole spectrum of behavio...
  • Zan
    This book! A mess of emotions and confusion and pain, I swear, but if you're up for the journey and some highkey messed up people, then it's all yours.I've been seeing this running theme between books I've been reading recently. A surge of previously less well-used narrations, that is. After the Fire is told in a past-present alternating way, with the past scenes revealed in a not necessarily effortless way. At times, I did find myself focusing m...
  • gem
    I need time to think about this!! This was all I wrote immediately after reading the book.To start with I will say I was already a HUGE Will Hill fan. I received a proof of Dept 19 whilst working at waterstones and hounded the publishers every year to receive either a proof or advanced finished copy of the next book because I was so damn invested in the characters in the series. Therefore I knew I already loved his writing and was very intrigued ...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: death, gun violence, psychological manipulation, slut shaming, mentions of child abuse, suicide, misogyny, murder, fire. I've read a few YA books involving cults over the past year or so, and I honestly don't know when that became a weirdly specific sub-genre of YA, but whatever. This, as the author says in his afterword, is inspired by the events at Waco in 1993. The story begins with the FBI showing up and the members of the c...
  • E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)
    2018 CARNEGIE LONGLIST BOOK 19/20 Okay, so with the last book I am going to be reading on this list, I have changed my mind - THIS is now the book that I think should win the Carnegie Award 2018. And, unlike Encounters, this one has made it onto the shortlist. So, I have high hopes. I just had such a great time reading this which I can't say for many of the books on this longlist. It was a really riveting story and I think it had a lot to say f...
  • Stefani Sloma
    This was SO good. I could not put it down. After the Fire was intense, suspenseful, horrifying, tough...and honestly? Really mesmerizing. I've always been super interested in cults and how their leaders convince people to follow them, so this was a great read for me.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5Since I basically never read synopses (or even titles apparently), I went into After the Fire not knowing it was more a psychological expose on cults and the aftermath than a thriller. This is in no way a bad thing, just worth a mention in case you are like me and pay attention to nothing. But yeah, I have wanted to read this book for...
  • Robyn
    After the Fire weaves a heartbreaking story of one teens life before and after being rescued from the Holy Church of the Lord’s Legion, a Texas cult lead by Father John. Moonbeam is only seventeen years old, but for most of her life she has lived in the Lord’s Legion and has been taught to never trust Outsiders as they only want to hurt, torture or kill you. The Government is to be feared and the only people one can trust is your fellow broth...
  • Michelle
    My review can also be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Three words to describe this book – survival, perseverance and control.You cannot help but very many different emotions while reading this book. It sucks you in from the very first page, and holds your interest throughout as you turn the page to read what will happen next. A very compelling and powerful story of survival, perseverance, control and the fight for...
  • Heidi Gonzalez
    Based on the true events that happened at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. I loved the way this book is written only giving us little glimpses at a time of life inside the religious sect that Moonbeam is a part of. This is a really well done book that sucks you in from the beginning and keeps your interest all the way through. I am always fascinated by these religious sects and how the people come to follow these "prophets" and this...
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  • Ellie Patten
    Gripping, emotional, and very nuanced. A unique read that fits somewhere between a mystery/thriller and a contemporary coming-of-age novel, exploring themes of faith, family, and power.