Thursday, July 31, 2008
"After" by Francine Prose
The book started with a shooting in Pleasant Valley which was fifty miles away from a school called Central High. Because of the shooting, Central High hired a grief and crisis counselor. Now the school had security, lockers were being checked and privileges were being taken away. The students thought this was ridiculous because the shooting wasn't near them. Now if anyone broke the rules their punishment would be worse than before. There would be new rules everyday . Too many to keep track of. Tom, the main character feels like he's in a prison. And there is no way to escape. Just when he thought things couldn't get any worse students and teachers start disappearing. No one can stop it. The students aren't focusing on their school work anymore. They are focusing on not breaking any rules because if they did they would never be seen again. Many more things started happening that were even worse. The parents were hypnotized when they read their emails about the changes in the school. The kids couldn't tell their parents what was really happening. Tom tries to tell his dad what has been happening but, he doesn't believe Tom. Tom has to struggle not to break any rules because he may never be seen again.
I rate this fiction book a 5 out of 5 because the book was very suspensful and thrilling. Once I started reading I couldn't stop.