BySarah Billington, writer at

Australian Gen Xers and Ys and even Millennials are, for the most part, very aware of and, if a book lover, very fond of author John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began series.

The young adult speculative fiction series from the 90s was treated to the big screen blockbuster treatment in 2010 when Tomorrow When the War Began, the first book in the series, was brought to the big screen.

As time slipped by, and some of the film's lead actors hopped on planes and succumbed (pretty successfully, actually) to Hollywood's siren call, it seemed less and less likely that there would be any sequels produced. Though the number one grossing film in Australia for the year, considering it's Australia, that wasn't actually saying very much, so the potential (six!) sequels were officially shelved.

But whatevs, the TV show is on its way!

Tomorrow When the War Began will start airing a six-episode season in April 2016 on ABC3 (that's Australian ABC - totally different kettle of fish to the US one).

According to IMDB, the main cast of teens is made up of mostly newcomers, plus, taking on the adult roles, some familiar names and strong performers including Deborah Mailman (Offspring, The Secret Life of Us) and Sybilla Bud (Winners & Losers, All Saints, The Secret Life of Us).

But what is Tomorrow When the War Began about?

Wikipedia describes it pretty well:

The Tomorrow series is a series of seven young adult invasion novels written by Australian writer John Marsden, detailing the invasion and occupation of Australia by a foreign power. The novels are related from the first person perspective by 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 home town of Wirrawee.

Are you looking forward to it as much as I am?



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