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Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates Paperback – May 1, 2011
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And now it's time for Louisa to go off to school. She's both scared and excited at this chance to get away from her protective parents. And bonus, they've managed to trick the ID bracelet of her best friend Maddie, whose parents are both off fighting, so the girls can go to school together, pretending to be twins. When they arrive at the Country Manor School, Louisa loves it. She's making new friends and finding herself successful at a a variety of survival skills like archery, riflery and orienteering. Maddie, however, resents the school's premise that these elite (ie, wealthy) kids are the future leaders of the country, and she hangs out with the school's misfits, including one girl who's convinced that something sinister is going on. And maybe she's not far off base ....Read more ›
I tried to keep in mind that this book isn't aiming to be the best thing ever written, since it's obvious with the way it's written that it's aimed at a much younger crowd than The Hunger Games. For that age group, I feel like it provides decent entertainment and good tidbits about survival-ism to kids. That being said, the quality of the writing is low enough that I don't think adults would enjoy it, maybe not even teenagers. People looking for another Hunger Games will need to go into this knowing it's not going to live up to their expectations.
The story centers around four thirteen year old girls, Louisa, Rosie, Maddie, and Evelyn, living in a world struck by pollution and war. They get sent off to the country to attend Country Manor School where they will be trained in outdoor skills needed to survive in their world today. By the end of the novel, they find themselves in the midst of their country's war and must decide how to act in their predicament.
Taking away my excuses for the book's target age, the story is weak and at times simply doesn't make sense. The war isn't very detailed, probably intentionally, and the whole premise of the air being so disgusting in the cities really makes absolutely no sense when you take into account the miles of forest they pass as they travel to CMS. If there's so much wilderness left, why do people still live in Chicago? If the pollution and war is that bad, how are there any forests left?
Even so, I gave it three stars because I think my daughter would love to read this next year (she's currently 7). If she liked it, I'd happily buy her the next so that I could read it because I care enough about the characters to want to know more. She's too young to understand The Hunger Games, but I feel like this would be right around her speed in third grade. I probably read this in about four hours or less.
Thank you for a well-written, face paced, interesting, clean story that I am un-ashamed to share with my children. Your girls are strong, they are loyal, they have a strong sense of right and wrong, and they are not ashamed to be "good."
The book is only a fourth of the whole story (I understand what the other reviewers were saying), but I see why it was broken up: publishers don't often print 700+ page books, unless they are certain there are 500 million HP fans lined up around the block willing to pay for a 700 page book.
From one author to another, and from a parent who is always on the look out for books that meet my own high standards, thank you.
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