First, this is a good book and easy to listen to. It has the same plot as Red Dawn just moved to another country. Not America but Australia. I am not sure which book was written first so it is kind of a chicken or the egg dilemma. If this book was written first, I have done the author a disservice and I should have rated it a five. Either way it is worth the credit. I love the Aussie accent the narrator has and it is not fake. The book held my attention and though I think it is targeting teens, I am sixty eight and I enjoyed it and will get the next book in the series at the very least.
Skip the first hour and, yes, the book really jogs along. The main characters are all in their teens but soon become adult. If you like Michael Chrichton and James Patterson I recommend it.
The Aussie accent is fine bearing in mind the location of the plot.
I have read the series some years ago and am now listening to it. The narrator does an excellent and pleasant job, well-suited to the character. As a warning, there are some sexual thoughts, feelings, and content for the characters, not a lot, short and not hugely embelllished but was it was easier to ignore in the written book.
And a lot less jingoism. One note: American listeners migjt want to have a guide to Australian slang handy on their phones. There are a few terms that might trip you up, but there's also a few you can easily figure out on your own througj context clues like chook and dunny.
This novel marks the first steps on Ellie's journey from "teenage farm girl" to "hardened guerrilla soldier". In the hands of a lesser writer it might have been botched but John Marsden handles this topic with the care and sensitivity it deserves.
Why does that matter? For a start it means that characters don't instantly take to killing like some other series I could mention. The progression happens in a way that feels real and isn't without personal cost to those doing the killing.
The true strength of The Tomorrow Series lies in how they make you invest in the characters. The author does a great job of letting you know early on that the stakes are exactly as high as they would be if this were happening in real life. Hell feels like a refuge and when bad things are happening you feel the tension and fear right along with the characters.
There is an entirely organic feel to the relationships between all of the characters too. They grow and change as the story progresses. Tensions mount and tempers fray but everything that occurs is believable and sets the tone for what comes in the later novels. I really felt like Ellie, Homer and the gang were entirely human.
The Tomorrow Series is one of my top series. Spend a credit and get to know Ellie and her friends. You won't be sorry.
I enjoyed every minute of the story and performance. Have listened to it twice and will probably listen again some time in the future.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the first book in the Tomorrow series by Marsden. There are seven books in that series and all have been released. This was a well done and engaging book about survival and war.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was really well done. I would definitely recommend listening to this on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.
The book is about a group of teens who go out to hike the bush in Australia during school break. When they come back they find that their small Australian town has been taken over by a hostile enemy force. The teens struggle to figure out what has happened without getting captured themselves and also work to survive in this new hostile world.
I really enjoyed the characters and the mystery. This story pretty much just introduces the issue and the characters. The reader slowly finds out more about this hostile group, but much of what is happening remains a mystery.
A lot of the story involves the teens as they struggle with how to deal with the future and survive. Both their struggle with longer term issues (food, water, shelter) and short term issues (not getting captured and getting along with each other).
Marsden writes the story in a way that conveys a lot of urgency and is very engaging. Parts of the book had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath wondering what would happen next. There is a lot of interesting survival stuff in here as well. Which is something I always find interesting and enjoy reading about.
Nothing is wrapped up in this book, but I enjoyed it enough that I will probably continue reading the series.
Overall this was a very engaging and exciting story. There is a lot of action, survival skills, and mystery. I would recommend to those who enjoy fast-paced books about apocalyptic events, war, and/or survival. This book doesn’t really resolve anything but it does an excellent job of setting the story up. I enjoyed it enough that I will probably continue reading the series.
I was introduced to John Marsden when i was 11. I am now 25 and still completely obsessed with his writing. In this series, he tackles distopia, human nature, love, friendship, and morality in an exciting way that captured my attention at 11. The characters continue to grow and develop throughout the entire series. You grow to love each of them deeply and will experience all of the emotions of the characters throughout. If Ellie were a real person, the narrator would be her. Her performance is perfect for the story. This series may be aimed at teenagers, but the story is captivating and mature enough for adults to enjoy as well. Writing this review makes me want to go read it again. I will just have to settle with watching the not as good movie adaptation on Netflix.