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Apocalypse (Tomorrow #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  26,607 ratings  ·  1,862 reviews
When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong — their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision — run and hide, give themselves up and be wit...more
Mass Market Paperback, 282 pages
Published May 24th 2000 by J'ai lu (first published 1993)
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karen
aussie teens are no joke. if they ever decide to band up and take over new york, we should be very afraid. these kids know how to mobilize and all that outback tends to athleticize a body. our chubby doritos-eating teens do not stand a chance. but i would totally read that book.

i truly love teen survival tales, and this one scratched my itch, and there are SIX MORE BOOKS!! i mean, hells yeah! that is a lot of surviving! american survival stories tend to only go trilogy. oh, you hardy aussies, yo...more
Monica!
My mother clearly failed Parenting 101. She raised me in the relative peace and security of moderately-sized-town America. This is a disaster.

She should, in a perfect world, have raised me in the Australian Outback.

There, I could have learned to wield a chainsaw whilst driving a Land Rover across barren wilderness! I would know how to herd sheep and drive cattle and raise chickens! I’d own a short-wave radio! I’d ride a motorcycle! I’d have easy access to guns!

I WOULD BE UNSTOPPABLE!!

As it is...more
Jessica

**I find myself giving weird, abstract, and emotionally-based reviews for books that have billions of reviews saying pretty similar things to each other. So forgive me for this weird, abstract, and emotional review. I do agree with the others—this book is an incredible social commentary on war, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat, etc. blah blah

After reading this book for the first time, I watched the recent movie adaptation. In doing so I realized, with shocking clarity, what the story isn’t...more
Regina
3.5 stars but I am marking it 4 because, well I do love this book.

This is such a fun start to a series. I feel weird writing "fun" when the story deals with a foreign invasion of one's country and home grown gorilla groups responding to the invasion. But .... it is fun. Tomorrow is told from the point of view of a high school girl Ellie, she is one of 8 kids hiding out in the wild and unpopulated area outside of their hometown. The theme is somewhat similar to Red Dawn if Red Dawn had been done...more
Rachel Neumeier
Finished it a few days ago! Definitely one of my favorite stories of 2011!

This is the first of a seven-book YA series by John Marsden, and I'm going to let this one review cover them all. Spoilers for Book 4 of the series areincluded.

I discovered this series via The Book Smugglers' post on hype. Then it was like, where has this been all my life?

I see the first book is supposed to be a "major motion picture." Says so right on the cover. I have my doubts. Can the movie version possibly begin to ap...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Oct 16, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone - it's a must read!
Ellie and her friends Corrie, Robyn, Lee, Kevin, Homer and Fi live in and around a small rural town in an undisclosed part of Australia. They decide to go camping, to “go feral” and spend a weekend over the Christmas holidays up the bush instead of at the showgrounds with the townsfolk. Some of them, like Ellie and Corrie, are close, but not all, so over the weekend they get to know each other a lot better. Ellie and Homer are both from farms and Ellie’s family’s property is the closest to the t...more
Hira
Nov 17, 2011 Hira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like action packed books
*Updated since watching the movie Red Dawn

4.5 stars

Tomorrow, When the War Began starts off with a group of teenagers going to camp out at a place they call Hell. By the time they get back, their country has been invaded and they're the only people left in their town, as their families and friends have been taken prisoner. Now they're faced with a decision - they can flee or surrender. Or they fight.

I was pleasantly surprised with this book, i picked it up because i wanted to watch the movie, si...more
Benna
It is a fun read but a bit too unrealistic, I mean a country such as Australia doesn't get invaded in five days. No matter how much planning is done!
Yune
I can't help comparing this to Hunger Games, which I read first -- then I came across this one and thought, "Oh! This is what a really good YA survival story is!"

Because although Katniss goes about with the doomed air of a tragic hero, Tomorrow deals refreshingly with a band of realistic Aussie teenagers, with a believable level of independence. They're trusted to go camping without adult supervision in the bush for several days, and emerge to discover that their homes are empty of people and th...more
Kat
Personally, one of the scariest reading experiences is going back as an adult to read a book I loved as a teenager. What if my 'growing up' has changed my opinion of the book - will I ruin a good memory, or reinforce just why I loved that book so much that the paperback I had eventually fell apart from so many re-reads?

These were exactly the worries I had when I started listening to the audio of Tomorrow, When the War Began. I read the first book a few years after it was first published, when I...more
Buggy
Opening Line: “It’s only half an hour since someone-Robyn I think- said we should write everything down, and it’s only twenty-nine minutes since I was chosen, and for those twenty-nine minutes I’ve had everyone crowded around me gazing at the blank pages and yelling ideas and advice.”

This was very good and had I read it when I was a teenager I know I would have loved it. Back in the day this would have been comparable to The Outsiders or the movie Red Dawn *sigh* young Patrick Swayze. I’ve actua...more
Karina Halle
Recommended for: ANYONE. Especially those disappointed in today’s dystopia/Sci-fi/adventure novels and readers wanting a fast-paced, action-packed realistic thrill ride with fantastic characters.

Bonus points: interracial couplings, realistic teen speak, your worst fears realized

Back in 2003, I was a communications student living and studying in Auckland, New Zealand. My newfound best friend Kelly was obscenely obsessed with Lord of the Rings. Like, she needed help (still does). But while I had o...more
Alexis
Apr 19, 2009 Alexis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my brother, readers of The Hunger Games
Recommended to Alexis by: Lucy
When Ellie, a high-school senior who lives on a ranch in rural Australia, gets the idea to invite all her friends to "go bush" and spend five days in the outback wilderness, they think it will be fun to get away from everything they know for a short while. But they never expected everything to change while they were gone.

After returning from a fun, successful trip, the group of seven kids - Ellie, Corrie, Kevin, Homer, Robyn, Lee, and Fi - discover that something really bad has happened. Their...more
Brianna
Like many, many others I was captivated by Suzanne Collins's THE HUNGER GAMES. It hooked me with its pulse pounding action, nightmarish vision of the future, and most of all its strong, capable female lead and wouldn't let me go. I finished it in one sitting. Unlike many others I was less impressed with the sequels. Thankfully the books I wanted to read exist. After a very average first instalment John Marsden's TOMORROW SERIES is the series that THE HUNGER GAMES promised to be.

The school holida...more
Jessi
More like 3.5 stars
I love survival tales and this is an exciting and different spin then I have been reading of late. No apocalypse, no zombies and no little children dying horrible deaths.


Ellie and her friends are in their last year of high school and decide over the break to go on a week camping/hiking trip deep into the outback. This was a great start, I love to read about camping but to be clear I do not camp. Gah! Its the worst, I am miserable the second the word tent is mentioned. Anyway...more
Noelle
Jan 31, 2012 Noelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Noelle by: Maggie
Shelves: yay-for-ya, reviewed
3.5 stars
Whenever I hear a random, not easily explainable boom, there is a small part of me that wonders if that noise I am brushing off as a transformer going out or random firework is actually something much more sinister. What if it is in fact not a benign blast but the first act of war? There I’ll be, wandering around in my safe oblivious bubble with electricity, plumbing, shelter and easily obtainable food and that boom was the moment my normal world changed forever.

That is what happens to...more
C.
Oct 28, 2009 C. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: Sweet Vally High and Goosebumps
Eight teenagers who go camping in the bush for a few days, only to return and find that Australia had been invaded by an unknown enemy. They then spend the next five books fighting a guerrilla war against the invaders. The story is narrated by Ellie, who is elected to keep a written record of what happens to them. However, her record quickly turns into something closer to being a diary.

I read this at a much earlier age than I was supposed to - at about eight or nine rather than fourteen or fifte...more
Steve Lowe


I'm really torn about this one. It's a fairly interesting examination of teens trying to decide what to do when their country has been invaded by a foreign nation. Do our Australian heros go to war? Do they run and hide? Do they just hook up with each other and get their freak on out in the Outback?

Eventually, they do all three in one form or another, but I never really got attached to the story. It's written as a journal entry by one of the girls, 17-year old Ellie, so it reads as though it's b...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
I love that Tomorrow When the War Began is set in the 90s (first published in 1993). It is refreshing to read about teenage lives without the technology we are so used to, like high speed internet or smartphones. I couldn't help but wonder what it'd be like to have my country invaded and not be able to text or call to see where my friends and family were, read the news on my iPhone, or head straight to Twitter to see what other people are saying. Technology is such a huge part of our lives now t...more
Sisi
Feb 13, 2008 Sisi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: own
I've lost track of how many times I've read this book. But I never get tired of reading it. Coming to the Tomorrow series rather late in the game (I'd hazard I was 16 when I first picked it up), I suspect if I had read it earlier it would have had more of an impact on myself. Even so, the book's impact is great. The writing is perfect, the premise of the book - that Australia has been invaded - is breathtaking, and the characters and their actions are unforgettable. I've been on a real teenage/Y...more
Annalisa
My main issue with this book is the voice. Marsden's writing is dry, non-descriptive, and oh so masculine, but his main character is a girl. He made her analytic with a bit of an ego to try and compensate for the guyness of her, but even girls who are more analytic than emotional are still girls. We still think like girls and act like girls. There is nothing girl about Ellie. I read her as a girl with a man's voice narrating her story because there was no way a girl would have those thought proc...more
Nomes
This is the first book in the series that caused a borrowing frenzy in the school library. Seven teenagers camping in the bush. Australia gets invaded. And the teens go militia :) First published in 1993, it's just as awesome today. And *drumroll* the movie is coming to the big screen this year! It's the biggest budgeted movie ever made in Australia. I hope it makes the whole world go crazy over these books!

This is my absolute favourite series ever and I cannot recommend it enough to adults and...more
Nairabell
Seventeen-year-old Ellie Linton travels into the bush with her friends for one last adventure before they return to school. Ellie and her friends (quiet Fi, serious Robyn, best friend Corrie and her boyfriend Kevin, arty Lee and class clown Homer) return to a changed world. While they were camping in an idyllic hard-to-reach valley called Hell, hell has taken over their town and Wirrawee is no longer the home they left behind. Joined by stoner Chris, the teenagers are faced with a question - how...more
~Tina~
Sep 17, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: Nic
Intense. Gripping. Captivating

A group of friends decide to go on an outing to Hell, who would have thought that Hell was waiting for them once they got they home?

Tomorrow When the war Began is a fantastic story about teen survival, fighting back against all odds and showing what one is made of in time of terror and hostility.
I loved the way this was written, it's exciting and overwhelming and extreme and has remarkable unforgettable characters.
Great book! Can't wait to read the other ones in thi...more
Damali
Feb 14, 2013 Damali rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Dawn fans
This story was written in the early 1990s, so that explains the lack of internet, cell phones, and iPods. A group of kids in a very small rural Aussie down "go bush" for five days, and when they return, their town has been invadad. They have the choices of turning themselves in, or fighting. I'm continuously shocked at how much teenagers are allowed to do on their own nowadays.

I just saw the movie and it exceeded all of my expectations!





Kellie is a bookwhoreasaurus
This series is what started my love for reading. I was made to read it in high school, but soon found that I couldn't put it down! Before I knew it I had spent my holidays reading the entire series. I decided to read it again before the movie came out and it was still amazing. I think it was because I could relate to it, growing up in a small town in NSW. Either way John Marsden did an amazing job and I have him to thank for my love of reading. Thanks John!
Meg
Enjoyable young-adult adventure story set in Australia which has just been invaded; a group of young adults hides out in the bush and wages guerrilla warfare. (I read the entire series, which flowed to me like a single story, so this is a composite review.) The action is fast-paced, while also including character development and also some ethical/ philosophical exploration about war, violence, etc. There was not as much focus on day-to-day survival as in some novels of this genre (for example, "...more
Aprille
When I was younger, everyone told me this was one of the greatest books ever written. When I got older, everyone continued telling me how great it was, so I decided to conform and read it.
Best decision of my life. The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden is an incredible masterpiece of the mind. I read the book in literally four hours and was itching to get to the library the next day (which happens to be where I work, a bonus) to get the next one. I couldn't believe how original it was, or the idea...more
Mish
What an excellent first book to the series. This book is set in country Australia. It tells the story of Ellie and a group of her friends, who set out on a camping trip for a week. They return to find their homes deserted and some destroyed, animals dead due to starvation, as foreign military have invaded their town.

This story is filled with adventure and excitement, as the group of teenagers fight for their survival, and at the same time try to uncover what happened to their parents and town....more
Sesana
I don't think that I'm really the target audience for this. Here's a book that would be good for reluctant readers who like a lot of action. And yet, I still liked a big chunk of the book, so points to Marsden for that.

There is quite a bit that's actually good here. The teen cast is tough and resourceful, in a very realistic way. They have a believable skillset (most of them are farm kids) and their emotions and reactions make sense as a whole. Bonus points for Marsden giving his characters a r...more
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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...more
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