The third book in the Tomorrow series picks up where things left off, with Ellie and her friends still stuck out in the bush, with an invading army all over the countryside in Wirrawee. There’s definitely a feeling of increased trauma in this book – nothing is fun, nothing is going very smoothly any more.

It covers fairly similar ground to the other books for the first three quarters, with another typical John Marsden action set piece in the middle involving blowing up a harbour that will translate quite well to the big screen when they get around to filming this book, I’m sure.

This third outing in the Tomorrow series was somewhat less philosophical than the others – probably because there wasn’t a great deal of time for the characters to do much thinking – so there wasn’t the same sort of “teenagers rethinking their parents’ morality” ideas coming through, which made this book probably the least subversive of the ones I’ve read so far.

What I didn’t see coming was the shift to a new location (which I don’t really want to say any more about) in the last quarter of the book and what happens there. Needless to say, it’s one of the most traumatic experiences our heroes have had yet and the writing is some of Marsden’s most powerful.

All in all, another exciting read in one of the greatest Australian action series ever written, but not quite as memorable as the first two.

4 out of 5

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