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Tomorrow When the War Began

Updated on February 2, 2015

It's more than just a box office hit

Tomorrow when the war began was the first book in the Tomorrow Series by John Marsden. Often abbreviated to (TWTWB) it is a young adult /teen adventure novel that tells the story of a group of young Australian kids who come back from a camping trip to find their hometown has been invaded and a war has begun.

They return to the bush to hide out and try to figure out how to overcome the invaders. Romances blossoms between some of the couples and there is lots of action and cliff hanging chapter endings making it very difficult to put the book down.

The book is said to be able to drawn in even the most reluctant readers... so much that the Swedish government paid to have copies printed and distributed to high school children.

In 2000 the American Library Association listed the first book in the series, Tomorrow, When the War Began, as one of the 100 best books for teenage readers published between 1966 and 2000. (Wikipedia)

Official trailer of Tomorrow When The War Began - by John Marsden

The Tomorrow Series - By John Marsden

Tomorrow When the War Began Theme Song - By Nic Cester (from Jet)

The Theme song for TWTWB is sung by Nic Cester from the Band Jet.

All the books in the Tomorrow series

There are seven books in the series. Another series "The Ellie Chronicles" consists of three books that continue Ellie's story.

  1. Tomorrow, When The War Began (1993)
  2. The Dead Of The Night (1994)
  3. The Third Day, The Frost (1995) - (released as the Killing Frost in USA)
  4. Darkness, Be My Friend (1996)
  5. Burning For Revenge (1997)
  6. The Night Is For Hunting (1998)
  7. The Other Side of Dawn (1999)

Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees

Originally a Cold Chisel song... Also sung by Sarah in the Australian movie Little Fish

The book or the film, which is best?

What did you prefer the book or the movie?

Have you seen the movie yet? Read the book?

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      7 years ago

      I have not done either, but I am looking forward to doing both.

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      7 years ago

      I've actually never heard of it, but it sounds pretty interesting.

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      7 years ago

      I think the books are usually better that the movies - because they have so much more detail. At the same time, it helps to read the book before watching the movie - it makes a lot more sense.

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      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      My wife bought the whole series in one hit not long after the movie came out. We both read the series fairly quickly and loved them. The movie was good, but not as good as the book.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't checked out either the book or the movie, but I'll have to! I have a lens about more young adult books, check it out, if you'd like :)

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      7 years ago

      I have seen the movie and enjoyed it but I haven't read the books. They are on my 'must read' list.

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      8 years ago

      Superb lens. Haven't seen the movie, but loved the books. Was gobsmacked by just how good they were. You've really done both justice with this fantastic write up.

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      8 years ago

      No, but I'd like to check them out.

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      8 years ago

      I haven't seen the movie, but it sounds great!

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      8 years ago

      I love how you organized this lens. It's easy to follow the information and looks great. Thanks for introducing me to the series Tomorrow When the War Began. I am going to look into the books.

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      8 years ago

      I haven't read the books or seen the movie but the books look like a rip off from the early 1980s US movie - Red Dawn. You know the one - patrick swayze, jennifer grey, emelio estevez, charlie sheen, The Cubans invading USA. This is just an australian version of the same story. I call that plagiarism on the authors part - not yours. I am not terribly impressed with Mr Marsden.

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      8 years ago

      No I haven't seen the movie or read the book. It looks like one that I would like.


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