The series details a high-intensity invasion and occupation of Australia by an undisclosed foreign power.
The novels are told from the perspective of Ellie Linton, a teenage girl, who is part of a small band of teenagers waging a guerrilla war on the enemy soldiers in the region around their fictional hometown of Wirrawee.
We have been fans of the Tomorrow series since the early 2000s. Having read all seven of the novels, we can honestly say they are all exciting reads.
Unlike other series novels like The Hunger Games and Twilight, each story is an enthralling stand-alone for both fans and first-time readers, though it is recommended to read the stories in sequence.
Tomorrow, When the War Began (1993) is the first book in the series.
After an extended weekend camping trip in “Hell,” a remote area in the bush, Ellie, Homer, Lee, Kevin, Corrie, Robyn, and Fiona return to find all the people are missing and their pets and livestock are dead or dying.
They come to realize that Australia has been invaded and their family and friends have been taken prisoner.
Avoiding capture by enemy soldiers, as well as retrieving Robyn and Lee who were stuck in the town and picking up one of their school friends Chris, the group return to Hell.
After short period of recovery they start make plans to fight back.
The Tomorrow Series also includes:
The Dead of the Night (1994)
The Third Day, The Frost (1995) – published in the U.S. and Canada as: A Killing Frost)
Darkness, Be My Friend (1996)
Burning for Revenge (1997)
The Night Is for Hunting (1998)
The Other Side of Dawn (1999)
Tomorrow, When The War Began and its sequels are one of the most popular and critically acclaimed series of novels aimed at young readers in Australian literature history. It has sold over 3 million copies in Australia and has been translated into five languages.
We recommend you put Tomorrow, When the War Began at the top of your Spring Break reading list. It's guaranteed fun and well worth your time.