October 11, 2011

Book# 77 of 2011...

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsend

From Goodreads.com:

When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong--their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision--run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.


When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they're leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong--horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured--including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.

My take:

4 out of 5 stars. I really liked this book. It was like the Australian version of Red Dawn. If you're a child of the 80's you remember this movie. It had all the big stars, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Lea Thompson, C. Thomas Howell, and Charlie Sheen. The US gets invaded by Russia and a group of teenagers fight back. Tomorrow, When the War Began is pretty much the same story but a new location and new kids. It was a pretty good book and I'm interested in the rest of the series. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have them so it might be a while before I can afford to order them from Amazon or some other big box retailer. Sadly my town no longer has a book store so I can't buy them locally.

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