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Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

May 31st, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: I purchased it from Amazon

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Scholastic Press

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Description from When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.

I think I first heard about this series from Michelle over at GalleySmith and had bought it awhile back but only read it recently.  I wish I had done so sooner.  It was a riveting story about what this group of teenagers do after finding out their country has been invaded and their families being held prisoner.  The interactions between the various characters was gripping and while there was some romance going on I liked how surreal it was to be thinking about crushes and relationships when all of this is going on.  I wavered from relating to Ellie to being irritated by some of her actions and thoughts but for the most part I could empathize because it seemed so realistic.  This book definitely had me wishing I had book 2 at hand right away!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

9 Responses

  1. Katy

    I’ve been wanting to read this one too. :)

  2. Carrie K.

    I enjoyed every title in this series! Hope you can read book two soon. :)

  3. kay

    It does sound good! I saw this book on people’s “wishlists” and “mailboxs” posts but haven’t heard much of it. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. dsuzuki

    I am really enjoying this series and it’s a nice change for all the action to be outside of the US. The lingo takes a little getting used to. I’m waiting for book 4 now to arrive from the library!

  5. Holly

    This one sounds interesting. I love that most of the series appears to be out, in case I really like the first one!

  6. Michelle

    I’m so glad you’ve got the first under your belt and that you enjoyed it! Such a great series (as you’ve discovered for yourself). I hope you grab hold of book two soon! I’ve got to get myself into book four at some point too.

  7. dsuzuki

    Holly-it’s great that there are so many of the books out especially since they are really quick reads.
    Michelle-I thought you had finished the series already :) I really need to write my reviews of books 2 and 3 soon.

  8. Shelley

    I must read this soon! I have it on audio, but I think I might rather read the actual book.

  9. dsuzuki

    Shelley-it would be interesting to see how the audio is. I never listened to an audio book before.

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