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After the Bomb

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:28 AM
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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...


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