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While I Live

(The Ellie Chronicles #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,365 ratings  ·  210 reviews
We were halfway up the spur when we heard it. Homer and Gavin and I, just the three of us... I'd say there were fifteen shots in the first volley, evenly spaced, lasting about twenty-five seconds... All the way down the spur I'd heard the scattered shots, getting closer as I got closer, and all the way down I tried to think of reasonable explanations for them, and I could ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Pan
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Amanda
This book was basically a guide to farming cattle with a bit of fighting thrown in, in an attempt to tie it to the Tomorrow series.

Ellie spends the whole book learning how to run a farm, fighting with the family lawyer, not speaking up for herself, ignoring all the warning signs about what's really going on, learning what the word 'mortgage' means, looking after Gavin, and wondering what Liberation is and who is in charge of it.

Then there's a really weird montage scene of all the things she love
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Sita
I really don't know how to review this. I liked it but I only read it because my Dad bought me the entire series. I read the whole series, but I really don't think that The Ellie Chronicles needed to be there. I recommend reading it if you enjoyed the Tomorrow series, because it was nice to see how everyone reacted and how people were fairing. But it wasn't necessary.
Rebecca
Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
When I read the Tomorrow series by John Marsden I really loved them. Then when I found out there was a series set after the Tomorrow series I was very excited because I did like this series. So when I finally read the first one I thought it was alright.

One thing I didn't think was so great was that none of my favourite characters except for Ellie were in it but there's a good reason for that.

While I did find it really interesting and I thought it was great how the book got straight into the acti
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Amy Norris
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I guess because this is a companion series I went in with pretty low expectations. It seemed like that because this is set AFTER the war it wouldn’t be very action packed or exciting. Well, I stand corrected. This was just as enjoyable as the original series, full of action and more. Hell, even the running of the farm stuff was incredibly interesting. It leaves you wanting more as well.
Maalin
As a high maintained teenager, at least on the literature side of things, I can say that without no doubt John Marsden is one of the authors I remember the best and that is because of the already mention series Tomorrow The War Begun. Now I don't remember how old I was but somewhere between fourteen and sixteen, Tomorrow the War Begun left a lasting impression, the kind that settles over your chest and makes you breath heavier for a second, making you wonder if you're going to cry or if you cont ...more
Janelle
While I'm giving this books 4 stars as my personal rating, I have to admit that this book will not be suitable for everyone. There's a lot of violence, some swearing and blasphemy and although there's no sex scenes, the topic is mentioned a lot. Some readers might find this gratuitous and some parents might want to wait a few years before giving it to their young teens. Personally, except for a bizarre reference to Ellie's parents' private parts, most of this did not seem out of context to me. W ...more
Caity
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a massive fan of the Tomorrow When The War Began series. The series will always be held dear to my heart. Originally, I decided not to read the Ellie Chronicles for fear of them not being up to par with series. This all changed however, when I caught sight of the Ellie Chronicles in a second hand bookshop, that were all three hardcovers for just $9! I figured I would give them a shot, plus I might really love them and I haven't found a series I just adored for a great measure of time. I did ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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Life after the war is already tough enough – Ellie’s farm has been split into five and distributed among the new settlers. It’s right on the border of the new country, and when her parents are brutally murdered, Ellie is left to fend for herself and Gavin and is at risk of losing the farm. But that’s not all – when the border tussles spill over into her life, Ellie will need all the skills she’s learned during war time to save people she
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Becky B
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Imo (Omnom Books)
While I Live is probably what many bloggers might call old news, but after only just having read this first book in the Ellie Linton chronicles I thought I’d give a review a go. Interesting and well written, it offers an insight into something most authors don’t bother to explore: after the war. Though I wouldn’t say I was captivated mind and soul, it was definitely a good way to pass a few hours when I was bored.

The basic plot picks up a few months after the war has ended, and Australia has com
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Damali
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
The Tomorrow, When the War Began series should be read *before* this trilogy.

Just when Ellie thinks her life is back to normal and she can be a regular girl again, tragedy strikes, and she has to make some tough choices. A few of her friends who survived the War don't like how the government resolved things, and they join a top secret group to attack the invaders. Ellie wants no part of it, she has enough on her plate, but she may not have a choice.
Jo Carter
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-audio
I'm giving this 4.5 stars. Not sure what missed the half a star, probably because it wasn't AS good as World Without End by Ken Follett - my latest five star read.

I think I enjoyed this novel more than the original series from the war-time. I found Ellie trying to keep the farm going fascinating. The photocopy scene was AMAZING.

Ellie as always was realistic and warming. She tells things honestly and is a great portrayal of an Australian teen. I don't know what it's like to go through what she
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Tracy Smyth
Interesting storyline. Will have to read the next one
Kiri Kayrooz
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved (and was terrified by) John Marsden's Tomorrow series as a teenager and I've been meaning to read the Ellie Chronicles for years. Poor Ellie still can't cop a break, even though the war is technically over, but she still kicks just as much ass.
Lucy
Jun 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like their ya with a strong voice
It is four months since the war ended, and for Ellie Linton, life is slowly returning to some form of normalcy. She is living on her family farm with her parents and helping to pick up the pieces of their life. She is back in school, and is slowly reclaiming who she was before the war. And then, in the blink of an eye, devestating tragedy strikes. Now, Ellie must pick up the pieces all over again and struggle to hold on to everything that she's managed to build. And this time, some of her enemie ...more
Linda
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is SO close to being a five!!!!! 4.99999999999999999

I read all of Marsden's Tomorrow series practically in one gulp. Teenagers in Australia go bush for a weekend and when they come home, their families are gone. In fact, everyone is gone. They discover that another country has invaded, "needing" the space for its overpopulation, and the war begins. Ellie and her friends are outside the grid and no one on the other side knows they're alive. As the book and the series move along, the friends
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Amanda
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tim Higgins
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having read the 'Tommorow When The War' began series my hopes were high for this book. A sort of follow on series, the book focuses more on the life issues of Ellie Linton and less action with less things blowing up which can be good or bad depending on your point of veiw.

A series a lot of people loved because of its unique plot and storyline, the Tommorow When The War Began series was a hit. This follow on series is surprisingly different than the original series. I had hoped for another
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Rebecca
I read the Tomorrow, When the War Began series last year and enjoyed it. I'd been tossing up whether I'd continue with The Ellie Chronicles, as I'd read very mixed reviews. Two months ago, I finally decided I'd give While I Live a go. It's a very different story to the previous series, no longer fighting in the war, their learning to live the new 'normal' that is their life. Farm work, stress of losing the property, more loss and caring for a boy while you're still growing up. Overall, there's n ...more
Kandi
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ellie
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Marsden does this series so well; I read it when I was a kid, but now I think i enjoy it even more.

I love listening to it on talking book as well, just so easy and fun, bring on the next installment please. :)

Tahlia
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*gasp*
Monique Hausser
You know, I really liked the Tomorrow Series. I enjoyed Ellie and her friends’ journeys throughout the war and the amount of growth and pain the characters endured that ultimately led to them basically becoming Guerrilla warriors. However, after I finished the final book, I felt like more needed to be said- I felt as though I needed to know how Ellie and everyone else was going after the war.

Which brings me to the first installation of the Ellie Chronicles- While I Live!

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TheWerewolf'sBookworm
3.5 stars

I liked this book. It was a nice opening to the trilogy. I like that in this book we get more information of what happened to all of the friends after the end of the last series. What they are up to, where they are living now, what happened to their families. Really good book. Just not sure if I will like The Ellie Chronicles as much as The Tomorrow Series. But so far so good. I am learning about farming from this book though. There is a lot more information about farming and Ellie's fa
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Angelino Sulvaran
The Ellie chronicles (including the tomorrow series) is still the best book series I have read. These are not complicated books and they won't leave you struggling with life's difficult questions. What the series does do is leave you utterly and truly entertained. Filled with action packed senes, and Marsden's particular talent for suspense, the books will keep you turning page after page and will have you reading each book back to back.
After twice having read all 10 books (The tomorrow series-
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Houlahan houlahan
I loved the original 'tomorrow' series and did not even know there was a sequel. Picked this up in the library discard stack - I liked it. The same kind of raw girl against the world idea as the original series, except set post war. Some of the things I like most about this series is the details of raising cattle or crops in Australia. Different world to my urban one.
An enjoyable and quick read.
Luxa
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you, like me, loved the Tomorrow series, and if you like me, can't pass up the opportunity to find out more about our heroes, then you'll probably read this. It's good, it brings you back to atw (after the war) Australia. The book shows us that not everything is well after a war is over. However it is a sequel and I did not devour it the same way I did with the Tomorrow series. But it has lovely scenes, and badass scenes and sad scenes and all that good stuff!
Jack Ward
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who read the Tomorrow series.
I liked it - but not as much as the Tomorrow series. I did enjoy reading Ellie's journey back into a relatively normal life and I was left stunned when Ellie was hit with the massive curveball. I am currently reading the second book in the follow-up series, we'll see how it goes.
Jennet Sechrist
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of the Tomorrow series, this is a wrap up of "what happens after." I think Marsden tackles the tough subjects of trauma and grief as well as possible for a YA book. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series, including the three Ellie Chronicles.
Ashleigh Motbey
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. It was nice to read about Ellie and her friends after the war. I was very excited to read this book. I didn't find myself enjoying it as much as the tomorrow series, but I still really liked it
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There is more than one author with this name in the database, see f.e. 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
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