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 is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!
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.
Extensive car travel with three teen sons! Audible saved our lives every time and the John Marsden series is a series we will always remember. The stories were riveting with great character development and tension a plenty and Suzie Dougherty's reading excellent.
That it appealed to adults and younsters alike.
The story line stirres all emotions. The characters have great successes and terrible tragedies which kept us involved from start to finish with every book.
The boys still talk about it. A+++++
I enjoyed the book, as an adult I found many points to debate but after accepting it was written from a teenagers point of view I settled back and enjoyed the plot.
Many moments, the action is continuous the ingenuity of the individuals is slightly unbelievable but the story line is good
I was not used to a female narrator, it took a while to get used to her but after listening to the full series Suzi's performance is really good.
I haven't read the print edition or seen the movie. The audiobook was great though.
Our family didn't have a favorite. There are several characters in the book (mostly teenagers) who have roughly equal billing, so it isn't really a "favorite character" sort of book. You definitely have a sense of "the good guys" and "the bad guys," though...and of course, we rooted for the good guys.
Nothing. She was fine. Keep in mind that this book is by an Australian author and the story takes place in Australia...so it makes sense that the reader is Australian, too. Her accent was fine with us, but I'd recommend you listen to the preview for a couple of minutes to make sure it's pleasant for you.
There has to be a certain willingness on the part of the listener to accept the true implausibility of this story. It's really not likely that a ragtag bunch of teens could meaningfully carry on guerilla warfare against an organized, invading army. It's also nearly impossible to think that the United States and Great Britain would stand by while Australia is taken over by a hostile force.
If you can get past those things, the action is exciting and we all especially liked the story of the gasoline tanker truck, the bridge, and the cattle.
Here's the one caveat: There's some sex and some swearing in the book. It's not rated X, but certainly PG-13. Our 14 year old daughter squirmed uncomfortably at times as we listened to it together on a recent road trip. We're not prudish, but there are overt references to sex ("when we got back, she quickly pulled her hand out from inside his pants" kind of stuff.) IMO, it was fine for adults and teens, but I certainly wouldn't let kids hear it. Just my two cents, maybe you feel differently.
Though it's been a few decades since I was a teenager, I was enthralled by this book. The author gave each of these rural kids a distinct and thoroughly believable character. And as a native speaker, I can assure my American friends that the Ausie accent is authentic. There's the right balance of action and reflection; not a boring moment in the whole story. It's one of those books where you find yourself conversing with the characters in your head, as though they're old friends. I'll definitely read the rest of the series.
Exciting, chilling, motivating
Not sure that it can be compared with much else, its pretty original
Genuine Australian accent!! I only ever read books by narrators with Australian or British accents.
A film has been made and its actually very good - I was impressed.
I have read the book seen the movie and listened to the audiobook - I just love this story and my teenagers have enjoyed the whole series too!!