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Incurable (The Ellie Chronicles #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,152 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Ellie has struggled to put the war behind her and lead a normal life. Although what's normal about your parents having been murdered; trying to run a farm and go to school; and bring up a young boy who's hiding terrible secrets about his past?
Published September 1st 2010 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published May 30th 2005)
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I really don't know what the point of this series is.

At first this book wasn't as bad as book #1, but then the mother of a classmate of Gavin's, rings to tell Ellie that Gavin killed a cat (I won't go into details) and Ellie says nothing, just hangs up the phone. Does she talk to Gavin about it? Nope. She talks to everyone but him and no one seems in the least bit worried. Then she later talks about how much he loves animals - What. The. Fork.

I thought maybe we'd find out that the boy he was w
Oh WOW. I'm so pleased I gave this book a second chance. I'm not sure what the difference was this time around, maybe it was that this time I listened to it on audio, which really gave a sense of hearing Ellie's 'voice', or maybe it's that the first time around I'd been reading the Tomorrow/Ellie books pretty much one after the other and just needed a little break from it, or was comparing the Ellie Chronicles to the Tomorrow series, in terms of action and characters and stuff, rather than letti ...more
Melbourne on my mind
Plot summary: Life is starting to get back to normal for Ellie Linton after the war, and the murder of her parents. But with her friends involved in an underground guerilla movement, and a troubled young boy to look after, normal rapidly becomes elusive.

Thoughts: I'm not enjoying the Ellie Chronicles as much as I enjoyed the 'Tomorrow' series. I suspect it's because of the change in the supporting characters. While Lee is still an occasional presence in this installment, Fi barely rates a mentio
Can someone who has lived through the thrills and danger of war ever settle down to a "normal" life? How can the adrenaline rush like war ever be repeated in civilian life? Ellie continues in this second book of the "after Tomorrow" series to try to find out. She has kept the farm after her parents were killed by across the border raiders, she continues to keep Gavin with her, helping her work on the farm. But things are tough. Then there's Liberation: a group of unknown strength which conducts ...more
"(...) dostaję szału, kiedy widzę, że historia niczego ludzi nie uczy. Uwielbiam historię. Daje odpowiedzi na wszystkie pytania, pod warunkiem, że ludzie zadają sobie trud, żeby ją poznać."(strona 65)

Nastoletnia Ellie i jej przyjaciele próbują poukładać swoje życie po zakończeniu wojny. Dziewczyna stara się otoczyć opieką małego, osieroconego Gavina, który zaczyna sprawiać jej coraz więcej problemów. Mimo zawartego pokoju w kraju nie jest spokojnie i marzenie o bezpiecznym domu nadal nie chce si
Oh, Ellie. I love your adventures, but I think I am getting even more tired than your friends of the way you always manage to swoop in and save the day. Are your friends really that consistently unlucky? Are you really bathed in the glow of constant good fortune?

I did like the bit where we learn more about Gavin's family history, but I really don't think the Ellie Chronicles live up to the original series (Tomorrow When the War Began).
I've been listening to this series from Tomorrow When the War Began to the Ellie Chronicles and with this book the reader changed and as you may know, the reader can make all the difference. This gal just isn't Ellie and it distracts from the story of her struggles after the war.
As exciting and compelling as one would expect! That John Marsden really knows how to write a page-turner!
In Incurable, the war is over and Ellie crushing on Jeremy Finley, managing the farm, looking after Gavin, trying not to be a guerrilla fighter, and going to school some days. There are at least four blood-curdling, heart-pumping action scenes in this business of post-war life: the cattle stampede, the raid, the cliff, and the city. If anything, Incurable could have been longer. There are some places where it looks like Marsden sacrificed expository dialogue and inner ramblings for purposes of ...more
A.B. Shepherd
This novel does measure up to the others in the series. One thing I did find different though, is that it seems the author figured if you got to this one, you must have read the others. He made mention of many things that referenced events or persons from the other books without explanation and I didn't feel they stood well on their own. Since I've read the books before this one I had no problem with this, however it means for persons you may not have read the others that this book does not do w ...more
Ellie is at it again. Her journal has been kept since the war began, now that its “over” ( I use the term loosely), her book has been published and she is raising Gavin (the young deaf boy she and her friends helped out in the war) on her own while trying to keep her cattle farm, and still go to school. She has the whole world on her shoulders and her friends still keep up the fight with the guidance of the “Scarlet Pimple,” an unknown entity that helps organize those that are able to spy on the ...more
3.5 stars - This book marks the middle of a trilogy, but also serves as the ninth book with Ellie Linton.

I appreciate many of the themes that Marsden is trying to draw out with this post-war trilogy, though they aren't falling in place as perfectly as the seven war volumes. I think this is in part because it's a more complicated story to tell, but also because the book feels a bit scattered. It feels more like three linked stories rather than a novel. However, writing them as short stories woul
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The Tomorrow, When the War Began series should be read first.

In the ebook, chapter 6 is before chapter 5, but it's easy to go to the table of contents and click on 5.

Just because the war is officially over doesn't mean things go back to how they were before. While Ellie has the resposibilities of an adult, like paying bills, running her farm, taking care of a kid, and going to school, she finds herself bored and missing some aspects of the war. Some of Ellie's friends who survived have joined a
Amber Mccormick
It was really good, not as action packed as the Tomorrow Series. However, it was very good, because Ellie is still getting used to normal life (as it can get for her) after the war. I only had the audio version, because somehow the library does not have book copies. I really love John Marsden's books.
This was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than While I Live, other than the fact that it had less action.
So yes.
I think John Marsden was trying to make this book more comical than the others. I certainly found it a tad more amusing, but that may just be because I read the book with more concentration that the others. (I was cracking up at that bit where Gavin bit the cows leg.... I mean...just the idea... XD)
I also remember thinking this book was cute. I don't know how or why. Generally, I never say thos
Ryan  Buckby
this book of this 3 book trilogy is also one i have had sitting on my shelf that i decide to give a go and like the first book of the series i really enjoyed this book.

I like how john marsden expanded on the world and characters he has created and the story continues to be strong.
As much as I LOVE Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began series, I have to admit that I've been really disappoionted by the follow up series. Ellie doesn't even seem like the same Ellie from the original series... much of her narration is irritating, incessant rambling about nothing in particular, and it stands out because there's not a lot going on plot wise. I am uninterested in cattle and farming and quad bikes and all of the things that take up pages and pages of this series. I only became in ...more
I wanted to give this book 2 stars, but because I love Ellie and her friends, I have it 3 stars. But really this book should be ashamed of itself. You know when a parent is really cool and respected among everyone and then their son/daughter turns out to be a disappointment?
Exactly what I felt with Tomorrow and Ellie chronicles.
ECronicles had everything it could have wished for and a great example in 'tomorrow', but it chose to ignore the greatness of Tomorrow and just became vanilla.
It was ok
One complaint which isn't really relevant to the book, but it irriates me nonetheless... I have been listening to this series as audiobooks, and for all the previous books it has been the same narrator. I loved her, and the girl that reads this one just isn't the same Ellie.

I'm still enjoying this series, but of course now that the war is over and they are trying to scratch out a life for themselves, its a little stale. There are moments of action that suck you right in, but its not the same. I
Enjoy Marsden's writing style (although I find the random comparisons, scenes and memories that have no real connection with the action kinda annoying).

I think the return to 'normal' life is balanced rather nicely with the war parts of it. I mean, Marsden managed to write just enough about school and the farm and Gavin or whatever but also included scenes with soldiers and conflict and stuff.

I wish wish wish wish wish that Marsden didn't make up the random charries (Bronte, Jess, Jeremy) who ha
Tegan Brazier
While this wasn't as good as the original series, it was still great to hear from Ellie and the gang again. John Marsden is and always will be my favourite author!
Ann Marie
I didn't like the change in narrator. A bit jarring after listening to the Tomorrow series with the same peron speaking. Didn't really like this new one's version of Gavin.
great series i just love it ! if u want to read these serier u might wanna read the tommorrow series first because thats when ellies journey begins!
WoW... As a series goes or a trilogy of the main character of a series.. these books just keep getting better and better. I have to say I am happy with this book because it slows down a bit of the intensity and non stop action. It gets you more in the lives of Ellie and Gavin and really lets you get to know them as people. Then the intensity picks up and it's non stop all over again. As with all of the other books I've read regarding the 'When the war began' series and the 'Ellie Chronicles' tri ...more
Shannon Taylor
I stopped reading this book about half way through. I found it just was repeating itself a lot and the other books.
Bardzo dobra kontynuacja poprzednich tomów powieści o Ellie i jej przyjaciołach.
Want to re-read and own
Not sure if classified as a "spoiler" in this but meh...

I liked it at the start, it was quite similar to the other books and I was quite content with that. But... when it go the middle, it showed a whole different side. I did think that Gavin was too young for all the fighting but then again, he didn't really have a choice. When he did that to the cat I was like woah it has affected you a whole lot more then I realized. But then I felt sad and sympathetic and all. But this book is ver
Like they say you’re as sick as your secrets, and his secret was a pretty poisonous one." ~ Ellie

Hmmm...I'm not sure how I feel about this one.

of all the books, this one was a little tougher for me to get into. It took about 75 - 100 pages for the adventure and story to really pull me.

and then it was shock after shock. I really thought Ellie's life would get at least a little easier at some point

But there are still secrets on this island - secrets in the group that no one knows.

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See also: John Marsden.

His first book, So Much To Tell You, was published in 1987. This was followed by Take My Word For It, a half-sequel written from the point of view of another character. His landmark Tomorrow series is recognized as the most popular book series for young adults ever written in Australia. The first book of this series, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times i
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Other Books in the Series

The Ellie Chronicles (3 books)
  • While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles, #1)
  • Circle of Flight (The Ellie Chronicles, #3)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1) The Dead of Night (Tomorrow, #2) A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3) Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4) Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow, #5)

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