Since this is the sixth book of the series, this review may have some spoilers in it. If you don’t want to ruin the book and want to read it for yourself, I recommend not reading past this paragraph. If you’ve stumbled upon this review looking for something about the series, go check out the review for the first book Tomorrow, When the War Began.
Unlike the previous book where the teenagers are quite suicidal in their actions, this book gives them back the belief of wanting to survive. It comes in a weird and unexpected way as well… with kids. While they have been in Stratton, they’ve kept a watchful eye on the kids that hide in the shadows of the streets. Ellie and Co are very aware of their existence due to the mugging they endured in the last book, but it is in this book when they decide to try and win the kids over.
You’d think after so many books of pew pew pews, teenage angst and everything in between, you would start to get a bit bored. Well, I can say that I didn’t really find myself in that position in this book. Yes, I feel that some events are a bit repetitive, but I think of all the books this has been one of the more original in its timeline. Ultimately, I really liked this instalment and if you're into the action I think you will too!
As mentioned before, Ellie and Co have decided to try and win over the kids to look after them. It’s almost like a weird paternal and maternal instinct in the group, which kind of makes way to them stepping a little further into adulthood. They’ve tried to give them food but they didn’t eat it. Ellie even bumps into some of the girls unexpectedly at the very beginning of this book, resulting in a mixture of emotions.
Then, BOOM! Here comes the action with Lee and Ellie suddenly in the middle of a gun fight to save some of the kids from being carted away by soldiers. This then turns into a car chase, and soon they’re on their way to Hell with a group of kids bouncing around and throwing up in the back of one of the enemy trucks they have stolen.
Are the kids thankful? Not at all. In fact, they complain about the walk into Hell, and they don’t even make it before the kids disappear off into the bush on their own. The group goes crazy with worry because, if you don’t know, the Aussie country side is no place to be lost without the essentials of water and food.
Cue the long and arduous search. There are different levels of tension within the group. They continue to move forward with some people running back to grab supplies so they themselves don’t die from dehydration or starvation. They’re all slightly irritated with one another, with Ellie feeling a bit insecure of her actions after the outburst from Fiona.
It isn’t until they find one of the kids dead that they realise just how much danger they are in.
It’s interesting to notice how quickly people become protective of children. Right from the get go, Ellie and Co have only ever been in strife with these kids but they are still so protective of them and their lives. So much so that, once they get them into Hell, they start trying to make it a better place for them by going out and getting food, organising a Christmas for them, and putting together a ‘school’. These kids have suddenly become a massive part of their lives, so their mindsets change to be that of survival rather than suicide.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s still some pew pew pews that happen after they go and grab food for Christmas and find themselves trapped in a house… and then in an even smaller space. I’ll admit, Ellie, Fi, Homer and Gavin’s escape is a little too lucky, particularly since they’re able to get out with most of what they packed into their bags. Nonetheless, it plays out as a blood pumping scene.
Then they all have a happy time in Hell, singing their Christmas carols, Lee and Ellie forgiving each other, and everyone enjoying their time in Hell.
But, Hell isn’t a place of safety anymore with something creeping along the outskirts…
What have you thought of the Tomorrow series so far? What did you think of this instalment? Let me know in the comments below or on TaleInferno’s social media!
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.