Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tomorrow When the War Began

Title: Tomorrow When the War Began
Author: John Marsden
First Published: 1993 by Pan Macmillan Publishers

Ellie and her friends Corrie, Homer, Robyn, Fi, Kevin and Lee all go on a camping trip. when they return they discover Australia is at war and all there families are being held captive.

i think this is a great book, it's beautifully written. I actually found myself admiring the writing and trying to absorb it to apply to my own as I read. my favourite sentence was
"The, light switched off, the patrol got back into formation and continued down the road like a dark crocodile."

it was very different to most adventure/war/action books, it was really centred around characters which i usually really enjoy, but i found it made the pace a too slow. in the action parts involving guns and bombs found that it wasn't very compelling, there was a lack of suspense, I even managed to put it down in the middle of a shooting and not read it for a week. over all though i think that the characters shone through and made it an incredible book, even if the action wasn't so good.

for some reason, I'm not sure why, i was expecting this book to be in 3rd person. At first i wasn't so sure about reading from Ellie's point of view,I felt i wasn't getting to know her in the same way i was getting to know the other characters. as i read on i became really glad that we could read Ellie's thought, they were so interesting and insightful and i loved knowing what was going through her head.

a brilliant book for action and realistic fiction lovers alike. i can't wait to go and see the movie and read all the other books.


Nomes said...

i know what you mean about the pacing. it is slow in parts, but i loved it anyway :)

you absolutely should see the movie. it really is sooooo good!

Yvonne said...

I loved the book as well and thought the movie wouldn't be as good, but I really enjoyed the movie to my surprise.. The movie doesn't delve into the characters nearly as much as the book which is shame because that's what I think makes the book so compelling. I suppose they can't fit it all in to the 104 minutes the movie goes for. If you liked the book you will really enjoy the movie. Though they do change a couple of things around, they stick pretty much to the main story of the book.

Ismé said...

I've been meaning to read the book, thanks for the great review!

I have seen the movie and it is really good :)

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