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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.
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Comments on: "Tomorrow when the war began – John Marsden" (21)

  1. Tomorrow when the war began is a best selling book by Australian author John Marson. Although it was published in 1993 it is still a well known book today, and has been made into both a movie and T.V series.

    One of the many reasons I enjoyed this book was that it was set in Australian territory, which I can relate too. At the start of the book teenager Ellie and several friends are going on a camping trip, meanwhile back at town people are preparing for the yearly fair, and things seem to be going well. Then, one night while on the trip Ellie wakes up and see’s black, silent planes. She shakes it off, thinking that it’s there just fair preparations.
    However, when they return home from there trip they find there pets starving and theres homes abandoned. They soon find out that they have been invaded, and they are stuck in the middle of a war.

    This book kept me on the edge of my feet, it was full of action and I would definitely recommend it.

    But, I would recommend it to ages 12+ as there are some more mature scenes in the book, and occasionally I had to reread some sentences as there were words and phrases that I did not know.

    I would rate it an 9/10.

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  2. Tomorrow when the war began is when of my favourite books i have ever read. It is filled with excitement, action and emotions and its such an amazing book. The author had done an amazing job with this book and i think it is written really well. I love all the genres this book expresses and i love all the characters in it because i feel like I can relate to them all in many different parts in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love a bit of action and excitement. I would rate this book a 9/10!

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  3. This is my favourite book/movie. It has tragedy, comedy, action and adventure. If you like any of these genres it is for you, it has a bit of everything and will keep you wanting more after you have finished. You won’t want to put it down once you start. The characters just make it and you will fall in love with each of their personalities. I could rewatch it 100 times and wouldn’t get bored. It is really well written and I give it a 11/10!!!!

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  4. Phoebe M said:

    Tomorrow When the War Began is one of my favourite all time book and movie. It all starts when Ellie decides to go camping with her friends in a place called ‘Hell’ While they are there they see fighter planes and think they are from Australia but they were wrong. A war broke out in their home town and when they return home from Hell they find that everybody is gone and they have to try get their families back. The elaborate plans they came up with were pure genius in my eyes and I loved every single page. I give the movie and book a 10/10 and would recommend to anyone that is over the age of 12.

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  5. For starters it has a good title it explains the story beautifuly. It is a story of when a group of friends go out on an overnight trip to ‘hell’. when they are there a war starts in their home town . when they return home there families are gone. This is a great book and the author is fabulous. You might have seen the movie, but you should read the book it is much better. This book is by John Masden. I would recomend it for people who are 8 -16 years old.

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  6. I really enjoyed the book tomorrow when the war began it showed how being in the wrong or right place at a time could be the difference between what is going to happen and wether life or death is closely approaching. It is great how Homer steps up when he is needed and becomes a big leader and a main character.

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  7. Laura said:

    One of my favourite books I have ever read! such a good storyline and well written, i couldn’t even put it down. The books are definitely worth reading! It is a thrilling, heart stopping series, while still being very exciting to read! It had me on the edge of my seat every time I read them. It is totally unpredictable series and brings comedy, romance and tragedy. I rate this series 10/10!! I just loved it so much!

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  8. I Feel this book started a bit slowly, were the main character, Ellie, decides to organise a camping trip. The story picks up when the characters arrived back from their trip and found out that there was something odd happening in the town. There isn’t much of an explanation as to why this has happened. They start to question, What happened? Where is everyone? Did they forget about us?
    I was quite surprised they were never spotted or discovered at all during the book, and at some parts it hardly seemed like an action/war story. I wasn’t really sure where the story was going at all.

    I didn’t have a favourite character. I found there were quite a few characters who were in Ellie’s group, which got a bit confusing, and we didn’t really find out a lot about them.
    Even though it wasn’t action packed, I didn’t think it was too slow paced after the first camping trip part. Overall, it was ok. It was quite exciting in some aspects, and over all I give it a 7/10

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  9. It started very slowly with the main character Ellie randomly organising a camping trip and seemed to invite everyone she knew. This part did not grab my attention and dragged on for too long with no meaning. Although the story did improve when they found out something was going on in their town, it all happened very suddenly for the characters and the reader. This book did not go into great detail of what what was actually going on and the action more about how the characters were feeling and how they were going to cope. in this book you needed to focus because in a few places it was easy to get confused with what was happening. Although this book did not focus on the action it was still alright after the first few bits. If you were expecting an exciting fast pace book this is not for you. I would rate it 6/10.

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  10. Tomorrow When The War Began is such an action packed book! It is about a group of friends who go camping and when they come back home everything has changed, no one is around and they start to panic. They then realize they are at war! They decide they want to band together and find out what has happened to their town and the people they love. It then unfolds from there and shows all the adventures they go through. It has everything from romance, to action and I would really recommend it to anyone! I would rate it a 9/10! I can’t wait to now read the rest of the series!

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  11. Olivia said:

    This is a fantastic novel that shows that the youth of the world can be brave and help their town. It really is a touching story too there is romance, action and some gruesome and descriptive sections. My favourite section is when they all decide to help save the town and they get their gear and ride the motorbikes down there ready to fight. That was my favourite section because it showed that kids can pull together and do whatever they can to save their loved ones, I know I would anyway. All up this is a fantastic book and so is the rest of them too.

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  12. ihill said:

    I really liked the book Tomorrow when the war began. The story had a great mix of adventure and drama. John Marsden has written a thrilling novel filled with action and some romance. The book really gabs the reading and I couldn’t stop reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure books. I would rate it a 9/10 because I really felt connected to the character and what they were going through.

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  13. This book was written by john marsden. Its a story of how seven teenagers went on a camping trip that changed their lives for ever. Ellie and six of her friends waved goodbye to their small country home expecting to return to their normal lives in a few days. However while they were relaxing high in the hills, a war was beginning. To go home and find that everyone you loved were being held hostage, starved and killed. They face the challenge of weather to fight or hide. To give up everything and sacrifice life itself. It’s thrilling action packed novel with hint of romance and normal teenage idiocy.
    I really liked it, i would read it again and i recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good plot but an easy read. i rate it 8/10.

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  14. Chiara said:

    This book is so good! I think that Tomorrow When The War Began is one of the best books I have ever read. I just could not put it down, no matter what! Tomorrow When The War Began, by John Marsden is a very descriptive book and is written so well. I was very impressed by the movie, so I was extremely impressed with the book. Tomorrow When The War Began is about seven teenagers who go camping on the weekend of the Wirrawee Show, and when they come back, they find no one at their homes, no one around the streets, and no one anywhere. They had no idea what was going on, until they realise that a war had began. They are now fighting for their lives, their families and for their country. My favourite characters would have to be Homer and Ellie, because they try their hardest to know what the right thing to do for their group is and their characters are the type of people who would never give up. I also really enjoyed this book because it is set in Australia. My favourite part would have to be near the end, when they blow up the bridge, as this part has so much action in it and the description can make you picture everything in your mind. It is a little scary though, that one day you would be having fun with your friends and the next day, you have no idea where everyone and everything is and you find yourselves in a terrifying and awkward situation, not knowing what to do. When I had finished the book, I was a little up set that it was finished, but I knew that I could read the next books in the Tomorrow Series, to find out what happens to Ellie, Homer, Robyn, Fi, Lee, Kevin, Corrie and Chris. This book is the most amazing book and I would definitely rate it a 10 out of 10. I recommend this book to anyone who is above the age of 12. I really enjoyed this book and I can not wait to be able to start the next book in the Tomorrow Series.

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  15. Ariane said:

    Tomorrow when the war began was something I thought I wouldn’t read but when I did, I couldn’t put it down because it was full of action, romance and it was unique. When I first heard that this book was about world war 3, I thought was going to be like the other wars but I was wrong. Though the book was pretty serious and it was still a bout war it still had some funny parts. I enjoyed the different personalties each character had, they all played an important part in the book and each of them gave their on little twist to the story. One of my favourite characters was Fi because she was someone who I imagined would be in the main part of this book, she was quite posh and girly and didn’t seem right for her. I found that the whole story had an interesting story compared to many other books. I rate this book a 9/10.

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  16. Annie said:

    One of my favourite series ever! such a good storyline and well written, i could not put it down. The books are definitely worth reading before seeing the movies and will make watching them even better. I stayed in bed for days on end reading this series that had me on the edge the entire time. it is totally unpredictable and brings comedy, romance and tragedy. Homer would have to be my favourite. i rate this series 10/10!!

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  17. Carmel said:

    Tomorrow when the war began is a really great book. It is quite action packed and there is even a bit of romance in it. One day they are all happily camping and the next day when they come home everything goes wrong. They all have really great friendships is they book. I have also seen the movie, that was really good to. You never know what going to happen and it leaves you on the edge of your seat, thats what makes it really good. My favourite characters are Ellie and Homer they have a really good friendships and thats what i like about them. I would recommend this book for people over 12. This is such a great book and i would rate it a 9/10

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  18. steph said:

    Tomorrow when the War Began is one of the best books I have ever read! I am halfway through the series now, and can’t put it down. I found it at a bookshop in Lorne a few years ago and never really read it until recently, and now I can’t believe I waited so long to discover it! It’s the most gripping book you’ll ever read, drawing you in and not letting you out until you turn the last page. The personalities and values of each individual character are so well written about, every character is completely different and has their own set of traits and morals and they all clash and have opposite sides to them but they’re still all best friends! This book teaches you heaps about conflict, relationships, friendships, moral values, ideas of right and wrong, and what to do if you’re ever stranded in the bush with a group of friends while in the middle of a war!

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  19. Tomorrow When the War Began” is one of the best books that I have ever read. I love all the characters they are so different from each other. My favourite character is Homer because he is funny and has a great personality. I also loved the movie it was was exciting and had you sitting on the edge of your seat. I would recommend this book for everyone over the age of 12, out of ten I would rate this book a 9.

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  20. Georgie P said:

    This book is amazing!!! It is so life-like.
    I love Ellie and Homer!! It is action packed and you are on the edge of your seat the whole time.
    You feel like you are in the book and I loved it!!

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  21. Tomorrow When the War began
    Is such a great book, it is action packed it was love, action, it’s funny that characters are all great and unique they all have there own personalities. The movie is always action packed and always has you on the edge of your seat guessing what will happen next! I have read the book’s and with every page of the book i new something else was gonna happen! I love the book and i love the movie! I recommend this book series to people aged for 12+ i give the book 10 stars and the movie 10 starts as well!

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