Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

ITomorrow_When_The_War_Began_Front_Covert was supposed to be a normal camping trip. Seven teenagers from rural Australia go to the outback for a weeklong trip. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until one night while sitting around the campfire, several black jets zoom by overhead with unfamiliar markings. They don’t think too much about it at the time. When they finally get back home their families are all missing and their animals haven’t been fed for several days.

Australia has been taken over by a foreign army. Everyone in their small town has,  they discover, been rounded up and are being held captive at the local fairgrounds.

They decide they have three choices 1) Turn themselves in and join their family in captivity. 2) Go back to their campsite  and live off of the land. 3) Stay where they are and wage a guerilla warfare campaign against this unknown army. Seven teenagers against an army.

What would you do if you were them?

Recommended Reading: Escape!

Stories about teenagers held against their wills trying to escape before it’s too late.

F Bodeen,S
Bodeen, S. A. The Compound.
When a nuclear war starts, Eli’s billionaire father rushes his family in into their underground compound. They have everything they need to survive until it is safe to go above ground again. But when things start to go wrong, Eli realizes the real danger is not just on the surface but within his own family.

F Dashner,J
Dashner, James. The Maze Runner.
When Thomas wakes up on the lift, all he can remember is his first name. When the door’s open, he finds himself in a huge maze with stone walls called the Glade. He is surrounded by a group of boys his own age who have a similar story. Every 30 days a new boy arrives, but no one has ever escaped the Glades.

F Henry,A
Henry, April. Shock Point.
When Cassie finds out that her psychiatrist stepfather Rick has been illegally prescribing an experimental drug to teen patients who have then committed suicide. To silence her, Rick commits her to a sadistic boot camp for troubled teen in Mexico called Peaceful Cove.  Even if she can escape the brutal camp, she has to get through the Mexican desert and get back to Oregon. And even then, who will believe her story?

F Smith,A
Smith, Alexander Gordon. Lockdown: Escape from Furnace.
Furnace Penitentiary is the world’s most secure youth prison. It is a mile underground and its inmates are all serving life sentences. The guards and the other inmates are sadistic, but they aren’t the worst things about the prison. Alex Sawyer is a criminal, but he has been falsely imprisoned for murder. Together, with a group of other innocent kids and some cold blooded killers, Alex plans a dangerous escape.

F Strasser,T
Strasser, Todd. Boot Camp.
Harmony Lake is a boot camp for troubled teens and supposedly a godsend for desperate parents.  Like all kids at the camp, Garrett is taken in the middle of the night. He knows that some of the kids deserve there, but when he is beaten and subjected to psychological abuse, he knows he has to try to escape at all costs before it is too late.


The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey

670339[1]Alfred Kropp is a mope. A big headed, oversized, all day video game playing, do nothing except sit on the couch Grade A mope. Alfred’s mother died of cancer when he was twelve and he never knew his father. So he lives with his Uncle Farrell, a night security guard at Samson Towers, an office building in downtown Knoxville.

One night a strange man named Arthur Myers comes to the house. He has offered Uncle Farrell one million dollars to steal a sword from the office of the owner of the company that Uncle Farrell works for, Samson Industries.

Uncle Farrell agrees to do it and so, reluctantly, does Alfred. It is all planned out. Half the money now. Steal the sword and get the other half later. But of course, it is not that easy. Even though they get away with the sword, there is danger everywhere. Men in brown robes, government spies, and a mysterious group called OIPEP are all after them. Because you see, this is no ordinary sword. This is a sword of great power. One that no weapon can win against. The master of this sword can rule the world.