Bookish Advent Calendar - Day Five!


When I think about the YA I read as a teenager, this series always springs to mind. I think it was really my introduction to YA, because before this I was reading a lot of adult horror and sci-fi. This book, and the subsequent series, was nothing like anything I'd read up to that point. I love John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began. Set in Australia, it's a brilliant story with complex and well-rounded characters who find themselves thrust into a war where they have to act as guerrillas. It's intense, emotional and packed with action. It may come from the early 90s, but there's a real timeless quality to the themes and issues John Marsden explores. I highly recommend it.

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