Tomorrow When The War Began - John Marsden

Synopsis: 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.


So even though this book is written by an Australian author, AND it’s studied as a part of the curriculum in many Australian high schools, I managed to miss that ship. I will even admit I was a bandwagon reader after watching the move that came out last year (and loved), so I thought I ought to give the book a go, since really, books are almost always better than the movie itself.

And this book WAS great. That being said, I wanted to say how well the producers did of portraying this movie on the big screen, because I feel they stayed very true to the book itself, so that was great.

This is a powerful story of a country invading Australia without warning. It’s fiction, but eerily has a feel about it which as a reader makes you think “This could maybe happen in real life someday”.

It had everything I love in a book… action, adventure, suspense and of course romance and it’s the first book in a series of 7 novels (aka The Tomorrow Series).

After reading this one, I am actually super keen to read the other ones, and I will hopefully shortly be making a start on the second in the series.. you know how it is, you have a pile of books to get through? This is my life. lol But eventually I will read the whole series.

Highly recommend, and not JUST to Australians. Whist it hits us at the core and it really is something you can imagine happening in your own back yard, this book will be loved by anyone who reads it from any part of the globe. I hope you give this a try, it’s a great book - and there’s a reason why kids in school are asked to study the book. ;)

Rating: 4 out of 5

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