This was a fast, fun and gritty book.
Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip to find that their homes are deserted and looted, and that a foreign power (China, from all I could gather but never named here) has invaded the country. There are great action-adventure scences, some great battle scenes, and the Hell, the outback hollow where the teens hide out is described in effective, compelling detail. The real interest of the book was how the different characters deal with the threat, and in how their ethical dilemmas unfold, as they unexpectedly have to deal with life or death choices.
Although I did thoroughly enjoy this title, I haven't gone on to read any of the sequels, which is strange for me. We'll see.
Tomorrow, When The War Began
Quality: 8 Popularity: 8 Overall: 16