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Incurable by John Marsden
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Apr 09, 14

bookshelves: young-adult
Read from March 27 to 30, 2010

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 other side and help win back something for the country that used to be their own. Getting into and out of danger seems to be the one thing that Ellie can’t screw up too bad. So when Gavin runs off after her friends who are crossing the boarder, Ellie must track them down and drag Gavin back home where he can’t get hurt. Only one problem, Ellie has clues where to find her friends but when she finds them so has the enemy! Ellie must save the day and hope that Gavin is out of harms way.

Incurable is Book 2 in the “Ellie Chronicles” (this is what Marsden calls Ellie’s after the war series). The first set of 7 books starting with Tomorrow, When the War Began is about a war/invasion that started while Ellie and her friends where camping in a near impassible peak by her parents farm during their national independence day weekend. The series chronicles the lives and deaths of Ellie and her friends as they fight back against the enemy that has captured/killed their parents, taken over their country, and destroyed their lives. Follow Ellie as she and her friends try to take back their country one group of soldiers at a time. See how they cause havoc and mayhem that not even the still free adults could manage. Then catch up with Ellie after the war is over and see who is still left alive. I have been reading this series since the mid-90’s and it still rocks! Ellie is one of those powerful women characters that show that women can do anything that men can do and at times woman can even do it better! But, Marsden’s books also have a powerful pull for guys as well. War is one of the main themes of this book, so if you don’t want the characters to die you may want to stay clear of these fantastic series.

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