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While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  6,025 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
Internationally bestselling author John Marsden takes us beyond The Tomorrow Series ... but the war isn't over.

For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes the terrible things that happened during the war -- the things she, Homer, Lee, Fi, and the others had to do -- all worthwhile. It's where she belongs.

But the war won't let her go. A devastati
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Scholastic Press (first published November 1st 2003)
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Doug Sutherland The story and the character's would make more sense to you, the reader, if you read the first series.

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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
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
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
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
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library
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
Becky B
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ellie and her family are trying to recover from a Marsden-invented war that ravaged Australia and New Zealand, resulting in an uneasy peace and half of Australia in the hands of foreign invaders. Ellie's family lives on a ranch near the recently constructed border. She was an active member of the Australian resistance force during the war and is looking forward to life returning to some semblance of normalcy. That lasts all of maybe 2 pages. The book opens with a renegade band of invaders attack ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Jun 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, own-a-copy
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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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. :)

Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
La saga Tomorrow realmente me encantó y considero que es, hasta hoy, mi serie favorita. Cuando vi que existía mas sobre ella, no pude mas que emocionarme.
Pero no estoy segura que haya cumplido mis sobre exigentes expectativas. Al menos por ahora.

Ellie sigue su vida, desde el final de la guerra los problemas económicos la afectan considerablemente a ella y su familia, y una serie de eventos destruyen la normalidad que había logrado conseguir. Junto con Gavin, intentan salir adelante.
Obviamente es
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
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.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Marsden, you will never fail to impress me. That is such a great lead on from The Tomorrow Series. I am straight onto the second book in the Ellie Chronicles-Incurable.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this book without reading the first series. So I didn't understand the references and the back story.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Did not add anything to a formerly great series.
Ben Steinbeck
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The first part of the book I liked. The mom and dad got shot. After that she has to survive by herself. Her recitatives live far away. She is went to the bank. She found that she was bankrupt. She found a guardian. It took her a while to find a guardian who she liked but did it.
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Jeśli staniesz do walki, możesz wygrać albo przegrać. Jeśli nie będziesz walczyć, przegrasz na pewno."

OPIS: Liczyliśmy na spokój. Ale kiedy opadł bitewny kurz okazało się, że teraz o wiele trudniej rozpoznać, kto jest przyjacielem, a kto wrogiem. Przekonałam się też na własnej skórze, że nasze czyny przynoszą czasem konsekwencje, których nie da się przewidzieć – i którym nie jesteśmy w stanie zapobiec…

Zakończenie serii "Jutro" pozostawiło mnie w emocjonalnej rozsypce. Zaowocowało godzinami rozm
Daniel Jans
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I find it difficult to judge this book on its own. I just finished reading the tomorrow series for the third time and by now im so completely familiar with and committed to Ellie that i'd probably read a book about her taking a crap.
I do think its not as well written as the first series.For example, without spoiling anything, it takes the book about 3 pages to go from zero to full on total intense action/drama. That is fine by me since i put down the Tomorrow series a few hours earlier, but i ca
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
First off I should note that this is sort of a tie to the original series called the Tomorrow series which I have not read. (if you are wanting to read this book I recommend reading reviews of other people that have read the Tomorrow series and not this one.)

The story takes place after the war invasion of Australia that follows a girl named Ellie Linton, a girl that has had parts in the war and is now trying to live a normal life again. However one day Ellie and two of her friends, Gavin, and H
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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See also: 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, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times i
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  • Incurable (The Ellie Chronicles, #2)
  • Circle of Flight (The Ellie Chronicles, #3)
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