Fundamentally it is a character study, delving into the shock and stress of war, looking at the mess it makes of people's minds, looking at how people respond. John Marsden's greatest gift is in characterisation, particularly of teenage characters. In this novel he creates eight teenagers, breathes life into them, puts them in a situation of extreme stress and then writes down what happens. "Tomorrow, When the War Began" and its sequels is that record.
Over a million copies of these books have been sold and "Tomorrow, When The War Began" has been translated German (as "Morgen War Krieg"), Spanish (as "Mañana, cuando empiece la guerra"), Danish (as "I morgen da brod ud"), Dutch (as "Mogen toen de oorlog begon", Italian (as "La guerra che verrà"), Swedish (as "I morgon nar kriget kom") and French (as "Apocalypse") So what's so special about them?
The author has gone to a lot of trouble to make sure it isn't, for that isn't what "Tomorrow, When The War Began" is about. This isn't a novel about a war, it is a novel about how eight very ordinary teenagers respond to a war.
Their world has changed, with the speed of a slamming door.They've got no weapons – except courage.They've got no help – except themselves.They've got nothing – except friendship.How strong can you be, when the world is full of people trying to kill you?Tomorrow, When the War Began is the first of an enormously popular series that has been translated and published all over the world.