It started out as a meaningless camping trip — just a bunch of kids from town — into the bush of Australia. A holiday is spent in fun in the scrub, away from all the cares of the world. But after five days, the party is ready to go home.
Except they don’t have a home to go back to.
Enemy forces have taken over their small (but highly strategical) town of Wirrawee, and the group of 7 teens aren’t exactly going to hand themselves over to become prisoners along with their families.
So what’s left?
Maybe, it’s time to wage a war of their own.
After you’ve passed the rather tedious first chapter, the meticulously detailed descriptions and the more-then-needed boy-girl encounters (with a little too much detail) — the result is an invasion, World War III fantasy book.
It’s geared at young adults (recommended age well into high school), though I found the pace a bit slow. I expected fast moving action scenes and rousing dialogue. After all, this book has been given wonderful ratings and appraisals from many countries. But I wasn’t hooked. I expected something more.
Still, the characters were given clear personalities, and the scenery was detailed with much care. Written by only one character, there is no switching point-of-views. Any other stories are recounted in dialogue. The author dealt with many themes and made everything believable and down-to-earth. You won’t be reading about perfect kids who always know what to do. What would you do if, only a high-school kid, you were suddenly thrown into a war? The author underlines the question many times.