Wow! I flew through this book!! It was a very easy quick read and the story was fantastic! I really enjoy survival/dystopic stories and this is a good one (and really realistic, not to far fetched). And the best part is that this is the beginning of a pretty big series of books, so I have quite a long way to go with these characters and that's great because I wasn't ready to say good bye to my new Aussie friends. The story wasn't a masterpiece as far as writing goes but the story was VERY entertaining so that made up for it.
So here is the plot. Ellie, Homer, Fi, Corrie, Kevin, Lee, and Robyn decide it would be great fun to go camping during the Christmas break (which by the way is Summer time in Australia). They head out on their week long camping trip to a place called Hell, a secluded wild area surrounded by cliffs and hills. When they return home after their little adventure they find their houses abandoned, their animals dead, and their families no where in sight. They head into town and start to realize that something has gone terribly a-rye. Military from some other non-English speaking country has invaded their town and are holding their the entire town prisoner at the fair grounds. The 7 friends have to find a way to survive for an undetermined amount of time by pillaging houses, and literally moving to Hell. The story ended with a HUGE cliff hanger that I am not going to talk about, because I want you to read it for your self!
I loved this book. Like I said before it was easy to read, and though it wasn't very challenging (I LOVE challenging books), there were enough Australian words to keep my brain stimulated. I loved how the enemy was up to your imagination, they never mention the way they look or the way their language sounds. I found this quite interesting that they were facing this nameless army. I am looking so forward to reading the second installment called The Dead of Night. Bravo John Marsden for such a creative and exciting tale!
BOOK vs. MOVIE: I would absolutely LOVE to see a movie version of Tomorrow, When the War Began. And it looks like we won't have to wait too long either. The movie adaption is in post-production and is scheduled for a 2010 release!!! Woot woot!!!
RATING: 4 Stars
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Tomorrow, When the War Began
by John Marsden
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