When their country is invaded and their families taken, eight high school teenagers band together to fight.
Seventeen-year-old Ellie Linton wants one final adventure with her friends before the school holidays are over. Packed in Ellie’s parents’ Land-Rover, they drive to the famously isolated paradise in the hills, dubbed ‘Hell’ by the locals.
Returning to their home town of Wirrawee, the seven teenagers realize that something is seriously wrong. Power to the houses has been cut, pets and livestock have been left dead or dying, and most alarmingly of all, everyone’s family has vanished.
When the hostile armed forces discover that the teenagers are lying low in the vicinity, Ellie and her friends must band together to escape, outwit and strike back against the mysterious enemy that has seized control of their town and imprisoned their friends and loved ones…
A story of love, bravery and terrific action that will grip teenagers and asks: Would you fight? Would you give up everything? Would you sacrifice even life itself?
I first heard of this book last year on Facebook. It was made into a film and released in Australia and New Zealand in September last year. When I saw people chatting about it I looked it up and found the book not available in the UK. However that all changes very soon. The film comes out here in the UK on 15th April 2011 and as a tie-in Quercus are publishing the first book very soon. I am REALLY looking forward to this one. The book took Australia by storm when it came out in the nineties and sold by the truckload! Only Australians would count 'truckloads' - we would count 'thousands' - but that's why we love the Aussies. The series ran to a further six titles, all of which Quercus will be publishing over the next year 'or so'.
While we wait we can always watch the trailer - here on YouTube.