"After the Bomb" by Gloria Miklowitz

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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...