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We started with the first book which we watched as a film first and then listened to the audiobook. After that we were of course desperate to see what happened next so we got this book pretty quickly, shame its not planned to come out on film though. This was a great follow up and dealt with difficult themes involved in any conflict such as death and loss very well. It also covered what the usual teenager would be going through but of course they had to deal with it in a very alien situation, they had no parents/adults to turn too and were all alone. Not only did they have to cope with the war but the usual struggles being teenager can bring. This book grabbed us just as much as the first one, we just wanted to keep reading to find out more. Its quite amazing how the author John Marsden, who was a middle aged man when he wrote this has captured the thoughts and feelings of teenagers very well in what is a very stressful and alien situation. Can't recommend this series of books highly enough. Again as we said in our previous review on the first book don't be put off by the classification that audible/book publisher gave to this book as its suitable for far more than just 11-13 year olds. We are adults and we loved this book as well as the others. If you enjoy a well written, well narrated story with three dimensional characters then give this series of books a try and leave your preconceptions behind. If you love apocalyptic stories then you'll love these books.
Growing up I was a huge fan of these books. My love for them has recently been rekindled with the movie release of "tomorrow when the war began". Whilst the movie did do the books justice (well filmed and acted) it understandably had to leave alot out. For this reason I decided it was time to re-read (or in this case listen) to the series. They are just as good as I remember! What is more enjoyable however, is watching my partner's responses as he listens. He had never read the books growing up, so is very excited and surprised by all the twists and turns that occur (he even got a bit teary at one point). The only issue is he became so involved in the book that he wanted to listen as often as possible, this means we finished it in only two days. I am now making him wait until I buy the next one (don't know how long I can hold out though). A very good listen and I would reccomend it to teens and adults alike.
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Great characters, strong unique plot, and well written. Adults will enjoy this series as much as teens.
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