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After the Bomb - Book Summary


After the Bomb written by Gloria Miklowitz is a thrilling 
novel that takes place before, during, and after a bomb which
supposedly was sent from Russia by accident. L.A. and surrounding 
cities are all altered by the disastrous happening. Philip Singer a 
teenager is in a position as leader of the family. His brother Matt is 
awfully sick, possibly from radiation, his father was away at work 
during the blast and for all Philip knows he might be dead, and his 
mother was desperately injured and needs immediate attention. 
Hospitals are flooded with injured and dying people and the government 
doesn't send help for a few days. The badly injured don't even get the 
chance to be helped because the hospitals have to send the ones that 
are likely going to live to hospitals that specialize in burns. His 
mother is so badly burned that the hospitals put her on the bottom of 
the list to be flown to burn centers. By the end of the novel Philip 
has taken charge, snuck his mom ahead to be flown to a burn center, 
and in a sense saved his town from thirst. He truly survived the 
terror, shock, and danger of the bomb. 

 The novel goes through a couple of settings such as, Philip's 
struggle to keep his family alive, and the conflict between the nature 
of a nuclear bomb against the Los Angeles area. When the bomb hits he 
is playing around in a playroom shelter with his brother and his 
girlfriend. They go out to find out what had happened and found 
burning houses, their house only left with one wall, rubble on the 
ground, debris all over the place, and people running frantically for 
shelter. Philip's brother became sick after finding his mother and 
bringing her back down to the shelter, and found that his mother had 
been burnt severely and needed immediate medical attention. Philip 
struggles to keep his brother from getting even more sick than he was 
and to bring his mother to a hospital. Philip's family weren't the 
only people affected by the bomb. the entire surrounding area of Los 
Angeles was pounded by a devastating bomb. Churches, Hospitals, and 
streets were flooded with sick, dying, and even dead people.
Hospitals that were built to only withstand 200 people now have 
thousands, and hospitals lack food, doctors, and water. Philip's 
struggle for survival, and the devastating blow against L.A. was only 
the beginning of the disastrous bomb. 

 The setting is practically the whole plot of the novel showing 
Philip's struggle to get his mother to a burn center that could save
her life, bring his family to safety, and to save his town from 
thirst. When Philip arrives at the hospital with his mom the 
government and hospital had already started flying patients to burn 
centers, but his mom was too sick and burnt so the hospital didn't 
care for her. She was placed on the bottom of list to be flown away. 
Philip secretly switches the tag on her mom with one that says and 
earlier number so that she would be flown out more promptly. He does 
so and she is flown out early and he most probably saved her life by 
doing so. Another example was when the bomb had just struck and 
Philip's family was in the shelter which wasn't very safe and stable. 
He went up to the surface to check out his neighbor's house which was 
miraculously intact. Philip found the owner and his wife in good shape 
and arranged to bring his family over to the neighbor's cool basement 
for safety and refuge. A third example was when the hospital in his 
town was almost pout of water and Philip was asked by a nurse
to find a worker that works with the town' s plumbing at his house and 
manage to get water to the hospital. He did so and after a while 
drained water from a resident's pool and had it flown down to the 
hospital. These are some examples of how the setting functions in the 

 After the Bomb is an exciting and stimulating novel which shows 
the leadership of a teenager over his family. The novel displays
a realistic happening that can happen any second and describes it 
intricately. It's an electrifying, terrifying, and exhilarating rush
and is an outstanding novel. Survival was only the beginning...


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