Thursday, 16 February 2012

Review: Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden

The astonishing adventure begins . . .

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Linton wants one final adventure with her friends before the school holidays are over.  Packed in Ellie's parents' Land-Rover, they drive to a famously beautiful camp in the hills.

Returning to their homne town of Wirrawee, the seven teenagers realise that something is seriously wrong.  Their world has changed forever.

Would you give up everything?  Would you fight?  Would you sacrifice life itself?

Tomorrow When the War Began asks the questions you may one day have to answer.

Tomorrow Series:
Tomorrow, When the War Began
The Dead of the Night
The Third Day, the Frost
Darkness, Be My Friend
Burning For Revenge
The Night Is For Hunting
The Other Side of Dawn

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When Ellie arranges to go on a camping trip with a group of friends it is supposed to just be a week of fun before they have to go back to normal school life.  The last thing they expect is to come home to a town that has been deserted, the phones aren't working, there is no electricity and their families have all vanished.  As they investigate they soon discover that the town has been invaded and the townspeople have been taken prisoner.  With their country now at war Ellie and her friends must use their wits to survive but should they run and hide or stand and fight?

I've heard so many good things about Tomorrow, When the War Began and I really wanted to see the film when it came out last year but I refuse to watch the film before reading the book.  It's taken me a while but I finally read the story but I'm really glad I did.  As the first book in a series much of the story is introducing us to the main characters.  There is a good selection of different personalities and for once, out of a group of 8 teens, there wasn't a single character that I really disliked.  Obviously some are more likable than others but there was no one I absolutely hated.  I'll admit that the romances that start to develop seem to happen a bit too quickly but I guess if you found yourself in the situation these teens do then you probably would look for comfort wherever you could find it.

The story isn't always comfortable reading, there are times when the group face difficult life or death decisions and the choices that they make will have lasting consequences.  They will have to fight for survival and then deal with the emotional fallout of taking another life to save their own.  The book really does make you think about just how far you would be willing to go to protect yourself and your friends.  What would you do to rescue your family?  There are times when you really feel the danger that they are all in and you start to worry about the chance of them all surviving.

Despite the difficult subject matter I found Tomorrow, When the War Began to be a quick and easy read.  The reason it makes you feel so uncomfortable at times is because it feels so realistic, you are pulled into the story and it becomes easy to imagine that the war has really happened.  When an author is able to make me believe I'm going through things with the characters I know I'm reading a good book.  I'm looking forward to continuing the series to see what happens next and I definitely want to watch the film now too!

Source: Received from Quercus in exchange for an honest review

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  1. Another book I seem to have had forever. I must get around to this. I really enjoy this kind of book.

  2. Ive not heard much about this one but I think I'd quite like it and your review makes me wanna give it a go... will have to add it to the wishlist

  3. @ Viv - I'd be really interested to see what you think of this one, I really enjoyed the first 2 books in the series and am looking forward to reading the rest :o)

    @ Raimy - What I really liked about this one was how much it made me think about what I would be prepared to do to survive. These teens are in a really difficult situation & it's not one I'd want to find myself in!



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