After the Fire (Hardcover)

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After the Fire (Hardcover)


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After The Fire is a spectacular and gripping story. With a compelling plot that lures the reader into the book, Hill offers emotion, curiosity, and dissonance. The characters are very believable and feel like they are real. With genuine personalities, it is easy to be enveloped in a character and form an attachment, especially to Moonbeam.

— Student at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, CO

An Edgar Award finalist

A gripping and unforgettable story of survival after life in a cult, inspired by the survivors of the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, 1993

The things I've seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Before, she lived inside a fence with her family. After, she's trapped, now in a federal facility.

Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. After, there are too many people asking questions, wanting to know what happened to her, trying to find out who she really is.

Before, she thought she was being protected from something. After, people are telling her that now she's finally safe.

She isn't sure what's better, before or after, all she knows is that there are questions she can't answer, and if everything she's been told is a lie, how can she know who's telling the truth now?

Suspenseful and moving, After the Fire is perfect for readers looking for

  • cult books and stories
  • young adult historical fiction
  • binge-worthy teen thrillers
  • an intense, ripped-from-the-headlines plot
  • compulsively readable books that keep you hooked until the very end

Praise for After the Fire:

"Genuinely different…thrilling and spellbinding!"—Patrick Ness, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The gripping story of survival and escape…It will keep you up late until you get to the very end."—Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of Truly Devious

"A heartrending portrait of a young girl's struggle to survive a domineering religious sect and the resilience of the human spirit; this belongs on every YA shelf." —School Library Journal

Will Hill grew up in the northeast of England and worked in bartending, bookselling, and publishing before quitting to write full-time. Will lives in east London. Learn more at

Product Details ISBN: 9781492669791
ISBN-10: 1492669792
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Pages: 464
Language: English
"An astonishing saga of suffering and joy, guilt, evil, redemption and truth. " — Kirkus Reviews

"This offers a fascinating look at emotional manipulation, calculated lies, and physical intimidation and punishment...Hill treats his story, based on the true events of the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, with respect and dignity" — Booklist

" A heartrending portrait of a young girl’s struggle to survive a domineering religious sect and the resilience of the human spirit; this belongs on every YA shelf." — School Library Journal