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After Tomorrow Paperback – 4 Apr 2013
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This is a fast-paced read and it's very enjoyable; but the best thing about it is how it turns things on their heads - we're all so used to living in our privileged country with supermarkets which are fully stocked and where food is readily available. We're used to the state helping us if we need it, healthcare being available and feeling sorry for folks in refugee camps (in a distant sort of way, because it doesn't really affect us). This book puts British citizens in the position of being the ones who are helpless, despised and at the mercy of others - it's not a comfortable thought, but it could happen. There but for the grace of God and all that...
I would definitely recommend this book for a thoughtful read.
After Tomorrow is a compelling read. I found Matt's plight all too believable - in fact, many real life refugee families experience a lot of these problems now. The characters were quite realistic and it was quite a page turner. At the end I really hoped Matt and his family could make some sort of future for themselves, and I would love to read more about these characters.
The story raises some ethical issues, such as questions about the difference between providing for yourself and your family and unscrupulous hoarding and profiteering. It also offers a take on questions such as immigration, from the viewpoint of someone who has become an immigrant, even a refugee.
I'm quite a lot older than the target age for this book, but I think it would appeal to boys and girls of about 10 up, though parents of young readers should be aware that there are some quite violent and frightening scenes - they are an important part of the story but could be a bit disturbing.
Overall, I enjoyed this as an adult and the children could not put the book down!