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Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1) (original 1993; edition 2006)

by John Marsden

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Title:Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1)
Authors:John Marsden
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2006), Paperback, 304 pages
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Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden (1993)

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    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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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 | Jan 23, 2014 |
My husband wondered if teenagers are different in Australia than they are here in America as we listened to this audiobook of this story. Parents send a group off teens, boys and girls, off alone to go camping in the wild. Invaders come and take over Australia. Teens fight back, setting up bombs and rescuing their friends.

If this is an accurate picture of average Australian teens, Australia should feel quite proud. Quite certain our American counterparts would be knocked off in the first wave of trouble. ( )
  debnance | Nov 10, 2013 |
I really do love this book. I haven't read it since the first time in 1997, so it was nice to read it again.

However I've knocked a star off due to the absolutely appalling e-book edit. It seems as though the book was scanned straight into a word document and then not proofread to pick up the basic mistakes that word scanners make. Th became m, But became Hut, I've was something else toward the end, I can't remember what exactly but it threw me, I think it started with a w? There were missing opening quotation marks, and due to the first person point of view, it took a moment to work out that someone else was speaking. Just dreadful.

I didn't want to bring out my hard copies of the books, because the kindle is so much easier to read on. I'll see how the second one goes. It's just so irritating that the care wasn't taken to fix such simple errors that I'm sure aren't in the actual books themselves.

The story still holds up though. It's fast paced and quite suspenseful. I forgot how short the novels seem hah. Also they are very, very Australian. I'm not sure what someone that isn't from here would make of them. The slang and description of the area are all very familiar to me, but I think they may be confusing to others.

Still a super fun read, I'm glad it's held up to my adult brain, unlike some novels I read as a teen and read again later. ( )
  whimsicalwattle | Sep 27, 2013 |
It took a while to get into the book. I felt there was a little too much scene-setting. Other than that, it was good. Good, varied characters. Realistic interactions and portrayals. Good plot development. Some really nice reflective periods with strong, positive messages. It touches on teenage sexuality in a realistic way.

The only down side for me was getting to the end and finding out that I'd need to read the sequel(s)! ( )
  devilish2 | Jul 25, 2013 |
I loved this novel! It was fast-paced, gripping, and frighteningly realistic. I can not wait to read book two of the Tomorrow Series! ( )
  ABShepherd | May 15, 2013 |
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"Tomorrow When the War Began", is an adventurous and action packed narrative. Could you imagine coming home from a fun camping trip with your friends and finding yourself in a war zone? Could you put yourself in Ellie and her friend's shoes? Ellie and her friends; Homer, Chris, Robyn, Fi, Corrie, Lee and Kevein get home from their camping trip in "Hell" to find nothing. Their families and towns people are missing and there's no electricity. They soon have to decide whether they should hide and do nothing until the war is over or fight for their families and their town freedom, what would you do? Would you put your life at risk to save your family and friends?These teenagers have to fight for survival, their lives and the lives of everyone from their town. During this adventure Ellie and her friends come across many of challenges that they have to confront. I loved this narrative, it was very easy to understand, personal, and well detailed. I could picture every scene in my head which helped me understand the story in more depth. This book is deffinately worth reading. There's always an event occuring and it keep you on the edge of your seat. Something interesting is always happening, you will never get bored. this is an amazing book and you won't want to put it down. I highly recomend this narrative to ages between 14 and over.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439829100, Paperback)

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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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.… (more)

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