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After Tomorrow

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  471 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
What if you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed?

Money is worthless.

Your friends are gone.

Armed robbers roam the streets.

No one is safe.

For Matt and his little brother, Taco, that nightmare is a reality. Their only hope of survival is to escape through the Channel Tunnel. But danger waits on the other side...

Stay or go. What would you do?
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by OUP Oxford (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 04, 2013 Georgie rated it it was amazing
‘After Tomorrow’ is a scarily plausible story that really has a ‘ripped from the headlines’ feel to it. Matt and his family (his mum, Gran, step-dad Justin and little brother Taco) are just a regular British family - except they’re living in a Britain where food is scarce, and armed robbers roam the streets. After a massive economic crash some years ago (which resulted in his father being murdered over a truck of potatoes) prices have soared and getting food is expensive and difficult. Anyone wh ...more
Feb 19, 2015 PyaeSoneOo rated it really liked it
How would money be useful if there is nothing to spend on? Food is the main thing to our lives. How would we survive if there is not food and people starts to burglar and steal food?
Matt and his family are facing this problem in England. They tried to hide and store their food but their plan didn't succeed so they decided to move to France. Unfortunately, the French government closed all the airlines from England to France. Matt and his family went inside France by a secret and illegal way but
Jul 12, 2014 Habibah rated it really liked it
This is a dystopian book and is set in Britain. Five banks crash at once and the economy of the country collapses. Money becomes worthless and food becomes scarce.
Life is very difficult and dangerous for Matt and his family. People who store food and trade them are labelled as ‘scadgers’. After being raided for their food by 'raiders' they realise that they cannot live in fear and decide to flee the country. Matt, Justin (step dad) and Taco (Matt’s brother) escape through the Channel Tunnel as r
Aug 23, 2014 Liam rated it it was ok
It was okay. Matt, his step-dad Justin and little brother Taco have to flee England to France due to an ambiguous apocalypse. Some banks crashed, and this somehow means that The Government can't afford to police the country anymore and everyone has no food? And so chaos.

I was really expecting it to be more about the two brothers trying to escape to France and all the trials and tribulations they'd go through during the endeavour, but they get to France pretty much no worries and the rest of the
The setting for After Tomorrow is a dystopian world in Britain where five major banks have crashed and created a world of worthless currency, food shortages, a breakdown of law and order, and of refugees trying to find a better life across the channel in France. But in France, home is a tent in a refugee camp.

This story has impact because the situation the characters find themselves in is so plausible. As well, the author has her characters wrestle with moral and ethical issues to which there ar
Apr 12, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: british
So, you understand how it is. {You're supposed to write notes on a book but I'm writing them now. YOLO.}
* It was an enjoyable read most of the time.
* This was realistic in some parts but others this element was lacking in & I felt like it could've been kept up better (then I would've empathized with the MC & his family a lot more!)
* So, having said that, it's not the characters who aren't plausible, it's not even, exactly, what happens to them. It's how little background information we g
Feb 26, 2017 Nadine added it
#refugees compelling story inverting the usual refugee story with a British family fleeing to France following the collapse of British society. Well written fast paced and very provocative
Apr 13, 2013 Rachael rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and potentially realistic book. What happens if the World suffers economic collapse, money is worthless, and vandals raid your house on a weekly basis for food. A better life lies across the channel, or does it?

You can't go wrong with Gillian Cross

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Amy Corrigan
Jan 17, 2014 Amy Corrigan rated it it was amazing
Honestly I love this book! I think it was in my top 10 books, it is such an unexpected plot! This is one of the best books you can read and I would age range it between 9-14 I think any older wouldn't find it as intresting. Got this book free off my school expecting it to be rubbish as when I got it I wasn't really into reading! But this book reminded me that all books aren't bad. Definate must read! The work of a genius! X
Feb 27, 2015 Priii rated it it was ok
The storyline was okay, but it wasn't a page turner and I felt like there was something missing overall :/ The characters were likeable so that's a positive, but I wasn't overly impressed by the book as a whole.
Elenor Jakobsson
Mar 24, 2014 Elenor Jakobsson rated it it was amazing
A scary and realistic story about what can happen when the world turns to chaos and when the ecoonomy chrashes. A story about a family in crisis, their journey and how they are going to survive this.
Apr 12, 2014 Jenifer rated it liked it
Love how this makes being a refugee real as it is set through an English experience
Sophie Cox
May 28, 2017 Sophie Cox rated it really liked it
This book is an easy read and has a good story to it. The characters are very well written and adds to the story a lot. It is an interesting premise and this story is for younger readers and I would love to read a book similar but for an older audience.
Evey Rey
Mar 20, 2017 Evey Rey rated it really liked it
What is life like for refugees, forced to abandon their possessions and flee their country for their lives to continue? How about life in Calais camp? An evoking story to help you view the plight of so many in this day an age through the eyes of a child - a British child...
Callum McLaughlin
Feb 28, 2017 Callum McLaughlin rated it it was amazing
I'm really impressed with what Gillian Cross achieved in this book and I think it should be mandatory reading for all school kids. Cleverly flipping the refugee story that we see playing out in news reports all too often these days on its head, she poses the question: What if we were the ones who had to flee our home country?

It's all too easy to see real life refugees as 'other', and their lives as something so unlike our own that we could never fully sympathise with their plight, but by focuss
May 27, 2014 Jenni rated it really liked it
Gillian Cross’ Demon Headmaster books were some of my frequently re-read books when I was younger, when I began reading more children’s fiction again I was thrilled to discover she was still writing. I read and enjoyed Where I Belong so when I started seeing all of the buzz around After Tomorrow I added it to my books I need to read list. It’s won a number of awards including the Little Rebels children’s book award – would I find it lived up to such hype?

The first thing I have to say is that thi
Oct 29, 2014 Farhana rated it it was amazing
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross is a gripping book about a family who face their worst nightmare. Being desperate of food and shelter the family is forced to separate across the border by the help of a fixer called Bob, to see what reality has in stock for them. Full of twists and turns, this is a very emotional story depicting the life of two little boys, Taco and Mathew, who are on a verge to staying alive in a lonely and dangerous world by finding ways to raise money. The story moves along sw ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
The premise of this book is really rather good. I read a lot of zombie books and the reason I like them so much is seeing how characters deal with a massive change to the status quo. Here that happens, except without zombies. The cause for the big change is a massive financial known as Armageddon Monday when five big banks all crash on the same day. This leads to prices rocketing up and huge food shortages, meaning people will do anything to get food, even raiding over people's houses.

It's this
May 22, 2013 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
After Tomorrow is set in the UK in the near future. The banks have collapsed and there is a massive shortage of food. Matt's family supplement their food supplies by growing their own produce. While this keeps them from being hungry, it puts them at risk from Raiders - who attack the homes of those who store food.

When things turn from bad to worse, the family plan to escape to France but when Gran has a last minute accident Matt's mum insists that Matt, his younger brother, Taco, and step-father
Grace Harwood
Dec 22, 2014 Grace Harwood rated it liked it
I enjoyed this tale of survival book which imagines how the UK economy has collapsed leading to food shortages, the worthlessness of money, violence in the streets, folks stealing food from each other, the injuries resulting from violence not being treated because healthcare is so stretched, and the police not being able to do anything about any of it. It starts with Matt's family, whose mother is quite resourceful and manages to survive quite well at first. However, the family are then labelled ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review written: sometime before October 21, 2015

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

Why I read it: Somehow the Guardian allowed Gillian Cross’s name to flash across my consciousness again after, shall we say, 15 years? So I thought, “hmmm this looks interesting, let me keep an eye out for it”, and when it ended up being in a(nother) Kindle Monthly Sale, I figured out it was in the library and eventually went and got it out.

Rating: 2/5

What I thought: Yeah, this was disappointing. Admittedly it’s mostl
Feb 25, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
2.5 stars!

Okay, so I picked up this book because of its cover appearance, similar to 'The Walking Dead'. Unfortunately, there were no walking dead or anything exciting really.

After Tomorrow is a story of survival for Matt and his little brother Taco (that isn't his real name, he just really likes Tacos). Food and shelter is scarce in Lemon Dough, but they are better off there then England.

I found this story slightly flat and a awfully boring most of the time, but I couldn't just leave a book wi
Britt Doughty-godchaux
Nov 28, 2013 Britt Doughty-godchaux rated it really liked it
I started to read this book inadvertently. I picked it up and it simply engulfed me. Because I think about these things a lot. And I always sorta feel like we're all perpetually edging toward a scary, dystopian sci-fi bit of fiction. And I wanted to know how people would survive and stay human and how a book with this premise wouldn't end up being a horrible and depressing morass. And it didn't. Because the take-home message syncs with something I've found out about life: even if it's not a "hap ...more
Erin Ford
Sep 03, 2015 Erin Ford rated it liked it
I found this book very interesting, set is an alternate style Britain where food in the only form of power and robbers come to steal the precious food from families who need to feed their children. The story is told from the perspective of a young boy, Matt. Matt along with his brother Taco have not really known anything other that the desolate time that they live in. Matt's friends have left him to flee to France where it is supposed to be much safer, until France decides that they are no longe ...more
Candy Wood
This one, on the Guardian children's fiction award longlist for 2013, really is a children's book, though it starts out sounding like a YA dystopia. The situation is a huge economic crisis, with banks failed and food shortages all over England and Europe. The narrator, Matt, is 10 or 11, and older readers will understand what's going on before he does. For example, when raiders come to take or smash stuff, Mum tells Matt and his little brother not to look, and Matt obeys so that he doesn't see w ...more
Sue Lyle
Dec 10, 2015 Sue Lyle rated it really liked it
I really loved this book and would highly recommend it for all 10-14 year olds. Children in England face what refugees are facing all over the world. They have to leave their country and are packed in a lorry to go through the channel tunnel to France. Their mother has to stay behind when their grandmother has a fall and can't come with them. In a country where they don't speak the language, where people show they are not welcome, surrounded by others, some of who try to trick them. The narrator ...more
Christine Blachford
May 25, 2014 Christine Blachford rated it liked it
I'm not sure when or why I picked this book up, I think it might have been in a Kindle sale, and as a young adult dystopian fiction novel, it caught my eye. Reading it was an interesting experience because the reason behind the descent into dystopia was scarily believable and the follow-up situations completely understandable. Set in a French refugee camp, I quite enjoyed the juxtaposition of misplaced people in the calm countryside of France, although it always seemed obvious that the main prot ...more
Philip S Davies
Oct 07, 2016 Philip S Davies rated it really liked it
I like the premise of this novel, that the global credit crunch and banking crisis went as far as crippling the Western economy. The breakdown of law and order in the U.K., and civilised society in general, was realistically drawn, such that an English family become refugees in France. It is a timely reminder of how easily the current migrant crisis could be turned on its head. It took me a while to warm to the main characters (what ages were Matt and Paige?), and to get where the story was goin ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Helen. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books, favorites
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!! This book is definitely one of a kind, and I adore it!
The book starts round with a family eating tea, when suddenly people raid them. They steal their food, and leave them with nothing... Life gets dangerous, living in London, and the only way out into 'safety' is to go to France.
But can they do it?
Do they know what France will offer them?
Following only one family, the reader can see how everyone suffered. When things seem to topple, the reader holds their brea
Beth Bonini
Dec 10, 2014 Beth Bonini rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The issue of immigration is a hot button topic in the UK right now, and this YA novel prompts readers to think about the issue from a unique perspective. Set in a near-future UK ruled by lawlessness and lack of resources, the teenage Matt and his little brother become asylum seekers in France just as the borders close. (There is a fraught journey through the Channel Tunnel which nicely blends reality and fantasy.) The refugee camp they are sent to requires them to develop all sorts of new surviv ...more
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Gillian Cross was born Gillian Arnold in 1945. She was educated at North London Collegiate School, Somerville College, Oxford and the University of Sussex. Although now a full-time writer who often travels and gives talks in connection with her work, she has had a number of informal jobs including being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. For eight years she also sat on the committee which adv ...more
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