Based upon what I have seen at this site, and some others, "After the Hole" is the same book as The Hole
Do a Google Search on "After the Hole" and you'll see that it is the same book as "The Hole"
I just wanted people to be aware of this and not buy both thinking that "After the Hole" is a sequel to "The Hole."
I found "The Hole" to be well written and the story quite good. It is a remarkable first novel for an eighteen year old author. Given that it is only 152 or 153 pages long (don't have it with me right now) it is easy to read in one "sitting" and it definitely falls within the "couldn't put it down" category.
It does take a while to get used to the format - flashbacks interspersed with "present" material but once you do, it works well.
I found "After The Hole" while searching to see if Burt had written a sequel - don't want to spoil the story but you will very likely also want to find a sequel once you read to the last page of the book. You'll find yourself with questions when you finish the book - not that it is poorly written, thus causing questions - the author deliberately leaves you with questions.
A movie, The Hole, was made in 2001, directed by Nick Hamm, and I am going to watch it as soon as I can get a copy. It is available from several sources, including Netflix.
Don't be confused by another movie with the same name which was made in 2010 and directed by Joe Dante - it is in no way related to this book.
From reviews of the movie, I suspect that some of the loose ends in the book are tied up in the movie.
First read the book and then see the movie.
Again, "After the Hole" is the same book as "The Hole" - it simply has a different name and cover.