The first of an enormously popular series that has been translated and published all over the world.
Don't miss the other titles in John Marsden's Tomorrow series.
©1995 Jomden Pty Ltd.; (P)1999, 2001 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, by arrangement with Jomden Pty Ltd.
"A gripping tale, told with Marsden's customary incisiveness." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fast-paced and provocative, it's a natural for book talking." (School Library Journal)
I highly recommend this book to any and all. While it is listed as a young adult book, the description of the Australian wilderness, and the human reaction to death and war is right on for all ages. While starting a bit slowly it really gets moving after the war begins. The narrator is great and the story moves right along, making you want to hear what happens next.
Loved this book!
If your old enough to remember the movie Red Dawn and liked it... you should really enjoy this.If your too young for that then Hunger Games fans should enjoy also.
2 Warnings 1-This is YA (PG13 for violence/teen drama) 2-This book does leave you hanging(1st in 7-8 books)
++This book is currently being made into a movie.
I was born in Australia and all the cultural references in the language came flooding back. I guess I may be a bit biased because of that but seriously the story was a gripping and thought provoking tale. Adventure at its best. I'm now hooked and am so happy that audible has the sequels available. I since read that this work won many awards as book for late teens. Don't let that put you off its not just a kids book! It's quite dark and serious in places.
The story in this book and the rest of the series are really wonderful (particularly the first 3 books). I got the audiobook for my dyslexic sister and I was really disaapointed with the narration. I checked with her (since she had no previous experience of this book) and she also found the narrator underwhelming.
There is no issue with the narrator being Australian (the book is set in Australia) but she lacks the talent to take on the personality of each character, and her overall narration isn't all that easy to listen to (unlike other narrators I've heard).
I'll probably still get the rest of the series because the books themselves are great for teenagers (this is an Australian classic for teens) and audio is a great way to assist dyslexic readers.
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.
Yes, and I have to several folks already! This series was a page turner, if you will! I couldn't wait to finish one book to get started on the next. Thank goodness for audio books, or I wouldn't have gotten anything done reading this lot! I couldn't stop listening to them. Then I listened to them again with my children until we finished the series again!
Divergent and Insergent which was also a great series! I can't wait for the final book of that series too. The story lines were different but similar as far as the characters, their hardships and important decisions and actions to continue to live. They both show great courage in the face of danger. They give encouragement and hope to every reader.
She was a perfect match for this series. I would love to hear her in more audio books. She did a wonderful job in every character. So much so that you knew who was who when they spoke or did something. She is a great performer! Thanks Suzi Dougherty!
Good combination of Author and Performer! The book series was worth every penny and probably more! Thank you John Marsden for an awesome series. I will be looking for others from you!
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+++++
Report Inappropriate Content