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Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
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Jul 11, 2011

Read in February, 2011

John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began is the first book in a 7-part series. It was
first published back in 1993 but is now seeing renewed popularity due to the first book being
made into a motion picture. I have always heard readers of this series say how great it is,
however it was one that escaped me when in my teens. With new copies filling our shelves,
as well as the movie, I thought now was a good time to
discover this series for myself!
The story begins with a group of teenage friends
embarking on a week-long camping trip. Upon their return
home, they find life as they know it changed forever. Each
finds their homes empty, families missing and pets
abandoned. There is no electricity, so no phones or radios
to connect them to the outside word. They come to realize
that the country has been invaded and everyone in the
town captured. Their lives have now become a fight for
The story is narrated by the character Ellie, and recounts
the events in the past-tense. The plot moves at a quick
pace, keeping the suspense right through to the end.
Throughout the story the characters each face internal
battles, as they struggle with concepts of good and evil and the actions they must now take to
stay alive. Marsden’s writing draws you in, creating a very realistic world of a country at war.
While reading, it is hard not to imagine what you would do in such a situation.
This book had me thoroughly hooked and I can’t wait to continue reading the remaining titles
in this series. 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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