Remember when you used to imagine as a kid what would happen if a war started and you weren’t there for it? No one else, just me? What if you were away and your parents disappeared? Like that Jimmy Neutron movie, where the kids think it’s amazing their parents have gone until they find out it’s a more serious situation than originally thought? Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden explores this, taking a group of high school kids and throwing them into the middle of a war that puts them, their families and everyone they know at risk of losing everything they have, their lives included. A young adult novel, this book starts us on the journey of Marsden’s adrenaline pumping Tomorrow series.
It begins with Ellie, the protagonist, writing about how she has been chosen by her group of friends to write about their experiences. What she will write will be their account of what happened. Something for people to read and understand the events from their perspective. There is no mention of a war. There is no mention as to what event has led her to write this. All we know is that something serious is happening. There is a lot of emphasis about how Ellie’s friends were before something happened. There is happiness with the sense of impending doom, and the only way we’re going to find out more is if we continue to read Ellie’s recounts.
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