After By: Francine Prose

How would you feel if all the rights and privileges you were entitled to as a person were taken away from you because of what someone else did?  What if your school was being punished for a crime that happened at another school fifty miles away? In Francine Prose’s After, a fifteen-year-old boy named Tom Bishop witnesses firsthand how one crime can change a community.

Central High used to be a peaceful school in a quiet town, but when there are shootings at another school it turns everyone’s world upside down, especially when grief counselors along with an increase in school security begins to threaten the normal way of life at Central High. However, it’s just when everything appears to be normal again a new threat emerges, and this time no one knows what it is. Teachers and students alike start to disappear, with their families oblivious to where they have gone. Central High begins to look less like a school and more like a prison every day. Eventually, Tom and his friends begin to unravel the mysteries behind Central High, but even they are unprepared for what they find…

I thought this book was pretty good. I didn’t care much for the ending and that usually makes me dislike the whole book but all and all this book wasn’t that bad. However, if you’re like any other high school student and was forced to read 1984 by George Orwell in your English classes, and you enjoyed that book, then this is definitely the book for you.

                                                                       By: Steph Engle

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