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 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.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
The narrator does a good job with a clear, concise performance.
However, the plot is flimsy. Australia is attacked during Common Day and they round up everyone I guess.... The logistics of that are astounding. Some unknown attackers who speak a language the main characters have never heard, except at a later part of the book where they speak English...
I'll move on to some other books.
There was excitement from the very beginning. I was able to envision the layout and felt like I was part of the story. What is scary is I could totally see this happening in todays world. Watched the movie after I finished the book, it too was good but the book was better.
I would recommend this book if you enjoy action based stories that centers around relationships of individuals working together for a greater good.
I thought all the characters were well developed as individuals. They seem like real people.
I truly enjoyed hearing the book read in a real Aussie accent. It made it seem even more real, as if I were watching a movie instead of reading a book.
I was lucky in that I got to enjoy the entire book during a long road trip. It made the time pass so much faster, and an otherwise long boring trip was a pleasure.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
No. I liked it, but not enough to warrant another listen.
It was a good ending, it made me want to listen to more. HOWEVER, the end doesn't make up for the rest of the book, which I was very conflicted with.
Oh Ellie of course. Spunky girl, I would have liked to hang out with her when I was a teen.
No. See below.
This book was so inconsistent for me. At times it was incredibly boring, and it has a lot of action in it! Maybe a narration problem? But that's tough. I liked the narrator, but think she needed more oomph during action parts. I thought the beginning was so fun, it set up a great story and I appreciated learning more about the kids. But throughout the book I was completely irritated about the teenage drama. Drove me nuts. But with that, I get why it was in the book. They are teenagers and Ellie was very normal to have these thoughts. But I still couldn't get past it. I liked the book, at some points loved it, but also hated and was drove crazy by it. So with that, I won't be purchasing the rest of the series.