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Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden
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Tomorrow, When The War Began (1993)

by John Marsden

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Series: The Tomorrow Series (1)

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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (BookLizard)
    BookLizard: The Hunger Games and Tomorrow, When the War Began have the same kind of feel - technically they're Science Fiction novels, but they feel more like survival stories with a bit of romance mixed in. I highly recommend both series.
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    After the First Death by Robert Cormier (mybookshelf)
    mybookshelf: How acts of war / terrorism impact on young people, and how they react.
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    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (selkie_girl, meggyweg)
    selkie_girl: Teenagers are caught in the middle of a war and decide to fight back.
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Ecco che gli uomini tornano all'attacco! Dopo l'arrivo in Italia del fantastico Sandman Slim di Richard Kadrey, eccoci con John Marsdene, scrittore e sceneggiatore, con la sua serie “The Tomorrow” (di sette libri più una potenziale trilogia a seguire) che già sta per approdare nelle sale cinematografiche. Se non è la riscossa degli autori maschi nel settore young adult, non saprei proprio come chiamarlo!

“Il domani che verrà” rappresenta una bella e piacevole novità in ambito di young adult e, soprattutto, nonostante sia scritto da un uomo, non è indirizzato ad un pubblico esclusivamente maschile, come accade spesso con le loro colleghe. È un romanzo fresco, riflessivo, innovativo e adrenalinico che, benché si legga nel giro di un pomeriggio (e questo non è necessariamente un fattone negativo), ha comunque tutte le carte in tavola per appassionare giovani, adulti e di entrambi i sessi, soprattutto.

Come punto di forza possiamo ritrovare uno stile diretto, semplice ma ben strutturato che cattura subito l’attenzione del lettore e lo trascina, letteralmente!, per tutto l’arco delle 250 pagine del romanzo. Gli argomenti sono molti e le vicende numerose e quindi possiamo attribuire all’autore anche un ottimo “equilibrio” e “capacità di sintesi” che gli permette di non perdersi mai nei meandri di approfondimenti inutili o, viceversa, in frettolose e insipide descrizioni.

Altro elemento molto importante è il tema. Un’ipotetica Terza Guerra Mondiale e una terra che, fino ad ora, non è mai stata troppo sfruttata in ambito narrativo: l’Australia. Ci sono un gruppo di ragazzi che decidono, per una volta, di saltare la festa annuale cittadina e di recarsi a fare una bella gita all’Inferno, zona di montagna delle Alpi Australiane che ci vengono descritte con rara maestria. Veramente incantevoli!

Nell’occasione conosciamo tutti i personaggi principali. Ellie, Robyn, Kevin, Homar, Lee, Fi e Corrie sono amici da tempo ma sono anche molto diversi e, altro a favore, nonostante l’amicizia presentano comunque dei tratti “maturi” di reciproche compatibilità e incompatibilità che rendono il gruppo unito ma non falso e illusorio.

Una settimana di pura pace, nascosti nelle montagne Australiane e completamente immersi nel verde fino a quando, al loro ritorno, non scoprono che qualcuno ha approfittato della festa del paese ed ha fatto prigioniere le loro famiglie e occupato la loro città. Hanno perso tutto, le loro case sono state saccheggiate e la loro vita è completamente sconvolta.

A questo punto, possiamo dire che il romanzo ha un immediato picco, dal punto di vista narrativo ed emotivo e ci ritroviamo a soffrire con questi ragazzi che, improvvisamente, si ritrovano completamente soli a dove sfuggire dai colpi di fucile e dalle rappresaglie dei militari.

Quello che, però, fa un po’ storcere la bocca al lettore è che, in effetti, la reazione alla “Rambo” è decisamente troppo immediata. Benché l’adrenalina possa essere una scusante logica e accettabile, vedere che dei normalissimi ragazzi di 17 anni improvvisamente si mettono a tuffarsi qua e la per evitare colpi di fucile, sfuggono ai soldati, si appostano e si mimetizzano come professionisti è un tantino allucinante. Se non vogliamo contare Ellie che sembra in grado di guidare qualunque cosa e, credeteci, se vi diciamo “qualunque cosa”.

Superata la perplessità iniziale di fronte a questa piccola resistenza a dir poco spietata e organizzata non possiamo che finire per amare, letteralmente, questi ragazzi che, spinti dall’amore e dal patriottismo, decidono di rendere la vita impossibile agli invasori, a rischio della vita.

Altro aspetto che stride un po’ nel contesto è l’elemento “sentimentale”. A parte il rapporto fra Kevin e Corrie, il lettore troverà abbastanza strano che Ellie (narratore principale) alla fine di un evento tragico come quello di un invasione trovi il tempo (convivenza forzata a parte) di farsi continuamente mille problemi mentali nei confronti di Homar (suo migliore amico e infatuato di un’altra ragazza) e Lee (con il quale non è mai entrata realmente in confidenza e che ricambia la sua attrazione).

A parte questo, il romanzo presenta innegabili punti di forza, se escludiamo che, purtroppo!!!, è il primo di sette romanzi e si legge in un baleno. Non vediamo l’ora di poter aver fra le mani il seguito di questo romanzo, anche se il terribile sentore che ci vogliano sette anni per veder completata questa serie ci attanaglia l’anima. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
I'd never heard of this book until readers on an Amazon board were discussing it. It is a very well known series in Australia, however. I don't read YA very often, but I've been reading dystopian fiction and work set in wartime lately, so I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed it very much. The writing is smooth and crisp and the narrator's voice fits her age and setting.

A group of teenagers go off on a camping trip in a remote area, and when they return home they discover that their small town has been invaded and a war between Australia and another, unnamed, country, has commenced. Most of the town's residents have been imprisoned in a makeshift camp, and many people and animals have been killed. They retreat and try to figure out what to do next; they need to survive, but they also want to find out what has happened to their families. And who are these invaders?

The story is told in the first person by Ellie, who relates their experiences as if she is writing a diary of the events. We get to know all of the rest of the group (7-8 kids), and they are sufficiently different in type and personality that they don't all run together. There's a bit of romance (there are an even number of boys and girls), but the main focus is on the adventure.

If you've read other YA this may not be as fresh and interesting to you, but I thought the plot was intriguing and I was turning the pages to see what happened next. This is the first of a seven-book series, and I don't know how quickly I'll pick up the next one, but I really liked what I read in this installment.

It's an easy book to read, but there's enough going on to keep adults interested. It is definitely written with teenagers in mind, though. ( )
  Sunita_p | Dec 12, 2016 |
So I read this book in high school. It was assigned reading in year nine, and I honestly just didn't like it.

The premise is cool enough, but I didn't enjoy the characters. They were imitations of stereotypical teenagers. Teenagers who... I didn't really know growing up at all. There's an athletic guy, a wealthy, blonde, slim girl and a super-focused, smart, musical Asian kid, and Ellie, the protagonist, I believe.

I just really didn't enjoy it. Feel free to ignore my review, though, I had to read it for school and just didn't enjoy it from start to finish. I read a book by Marsden the previous year, which I will review, and didn't enjoy that one, either. So I really don't think Marsden's writing is for me.

My brother read these around my age and absolutely loved them. It's rare for him to read books - he has ADHD and has trouble focusing on a book unless it's super interesting, so he loved the book and went on to read the whole series.

If this is your style of book, go ahead and read it. He's a prolific Australian author and there are more in the series and then another spin off series called The Ellie Chronicles that might be for you, but this book just was not for me. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
READ IN DUTCH

There is an edition which includes the first four books of the Tomorrow Series. I first saw the book in 2006 and after that I've been willing to read the book. Unfortunately, I never bought the book, because I thought it was a bit too expensive for a series I completely didn't know yet.

A few weeks ago I went to my library and there it was (I had never seen it there before). Needless to say, I took it home and read it (during my final exams, which was not the best idea I ever had).

The story is about a bunch of teenagers, who happen to be camping while a war breaks out in Australia. Therefore they aren't put together in some sort of camp, but are still free. They become guerrillas in order to free their country...

I read it and I loved it. I liked the way it was written, liked the story. I couldn't put the book aside. For me, it is a 5 star rating, and I immediately started to read the second book of this series. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Interesting take on the dystopian novel. Your neighbor, whom you've had okay relations, decides your country's resources need to be shared for their ever growing nation. Teens getting ready to become adults have one last summer together and head off for s mini outback vacation. When they arrive home, no one is there. All the townies have been corralled like livestock in town, brutally killed if not in compliance. The teens must grow up quickly to take down the bad guys. Red Dawn ala the Aussies. ( )
  weisser4 | May 3, 2016 |
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To my dear sister Robin Farran:
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It's only half an hour since someone - Robyn I think - said we should write everything down, and it's only twenty-nine minutes since I got chosen, and for those twenty-nine minutes I've had everyone crowded around me gazing at the blank page and yelling ideas and advice.
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The dogs were dead. That was my first thought. They didn't jump around and bark when we drove in, or moan with joy when I ran over to them, like they always had done.
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World War III becomes an unstoppable reality in the action-packed first installment of the Tomorrow series--an international bestseller in an eye-catching new paperback.

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.

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Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.

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