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Review: Tomorrow when the war began by John Marsden

Tomorrow by the war began by John Marsden
Published by Quercus
Series: Tomorrow #1
Source: Review Copy

When Ellie and six of her friends return home from a camping trip deep in the bush, they find things hideously wrong -- their families gone, houses empty and abandoned, pets and stock dead. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in the town has been taken prisoner. As the horrible reality of the situation becomes evident they have to make a life-and-death decision: to run back into the bush and hide, to give themselves up to be with their families, or to stay and try to fight. This reveting, tautly-drawn novel seems at times to be only a step away from today's headlines

This book had an excellent premise. Seven teenagers spend a few days camping in the Austrailan Bush. When they come back it is soon apparent that something is wrong. Everyone is gone, no telephones are working and the electricity is cut. As the book progresses you find out that while they were camping a war has broken out and the country has been invaded. Everyone in their families have been taken and detained in a camp.

I saw a review that described this as predystopian which sums the book up really well. As it goes on it gets better and better. Some fab ideas are put forward and there are some scenes that are really chilling. The decisions the group have to make are really thought provoking as I found myself pausing at times and considering what I would have done in the same scenerio. I would like to see how the storyline develops in fututre books as I imagine it'd be very interesting

I did enjoy this book and it is a really good read and I would be interested in reading more in the series if the opportunity arises but I did find some of the language and terms used were a little outdated (which makes sense as it was first published almost 20 years ago).

All in all a good read which is thought provoking and intelligently written.


I have to say this isnt something I would normally go for but I am unbelievably tempted by it. Great review
Mel said…
I have to agree with you - I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed the decisions they make. I kept wondering what I would do in the same situation! I like that the characters are very action orientated too.
Jules said…
My friend was raving about this! I think I will undoubtedly pick this up at some point.

Jules said…
I am a new follower!
Anonymous said…
I read a review on this one last year (before I knew about the film) and bought the book. It's been sitting on my shelf ever since. Now I want to go pick it up again :)
Ahh, do you know how many YEARS I've had this book (and erm, the rest of the series!!) on shelves for? And I still haven't gotten around to it. This summer, I think. Great review, sort of tantalising..