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Kid Konnection – Tomorrow Girls #1: Behind the Gates

July 30, 2011

The world’s a different place since The War began, but it’s the only world Louisa’s ever known.   She’s only heard stories of the days when you could breathe the air and drink the water.  She’s heard stories of riding in cars fueled by oil – now there’s no oil and no place to go.  Both of Louisa’s parents are doctors, though, so she’s led a relatively sheltered life.  Her best friend, Maddie, isn’t so lucky.  Both of her parents are in the military and when they have to serve at the same time, Louisa’s parents take her in.

Louisa’s parents decide to send the girls to a boarding school away from the city, to try to keep them safe and give them a taste of what life used to be like.  Country Manor School is different than either girl expected, but when they first get there Louisa loves it, but Maddie doesn’t.  They’re told over and over that everything the school does is for their own safety, but as times passes, they begin to wonder.

Behind the Gates, by Eva Gray, is the first book in the Tomorrow Girls series and I couldn’t put it down even thought it’s a middle grade reader.  It’s told from Louisa’s point of view and I found her to be a great narrator – she’s strong, smart, clever and eager to fit in.   She fits right in at Country Manor School while Maddie struggles.   It seems the girls will drift apart but something happens that makes them realize they need each other.

I don’t read a lot of dystopia, but this one hit the mark for me.  I thought it was exciting and full of suspense.  Those who enjoy more sophisticated dystopia might think this one is too simple, but I think young readers will really love Behind the Gates.  I’m going to buy the second book in the series, Run for Cover, and read it as soon as I can.  I need to know what happened to Louisa and Maddie!

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Scholastic.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2011 6:16 am

    I think dystopia is a difficult genre and I rarely find something that really hits the mark for me, so great to hear about this one 🙂

    Ps. pop by my blog to participate in a give-away for “Wetlands”

  2. July 30, 2011 6:49 am

    I’m looking forward to book 2 as well!

  3. July 30, 2011 7:26 am

    Oh fun! I like SOME dystopia but as the late great Orwell (King of Dystopia, of course) once pointed out, some animals are more equal than others. So glad when I find one that really pans out. Looks like I’ll have to go find this one!

  4. July 30, 2011 8:09 am

    My daughter and I loved this one too. It was the first time she read dystopia and the suspense was intense for her. We are anxious to read the second book too.

  5. July 30, 2011 8:19 am

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll have to look for this one.

  6. July 30, 2011 10:08 am

    I haven’t read any MG dystopias yet – I bet I would love this, since I love MG and I love dystopia!

  7. July 30, 2011 10:56 am

    wow this looks good! I’m just starting to get into dystopia novels!

  8. July 30, 2011 11:39 am

    I love dystopia and I like it that it’s entering the middle-grade audience too. This one sounds fascinating! Makes me want to read it.

  9. July 30, 2011 11:55 am

    I will echo Aths and say that I think it’s neat that they are now targeting middle grade readers for dystopians. It used to be that they would only market them towards the YA set, but it looks as though things are changing. This sounds like a really great series, and one that I would like to read. Glad to hear that you got so hooked with it!

  10. July 30, 2011 8:04 pm

    Booking Daughter and I should love this one. Thanks for the recommendation.

  11. July 30, 2011 9:57 pm

    this one sounds really good! I’m going to add it to my wish list.

  12. July 31, 2011 12:16 pm

    I read The Hunger Games series then Divergent to discover how much I enjoyed YA dystopian lit. Who would have thought it would appeal to me on that level – I think it’s the survival mechanism and the unknown extremes we go to to live another day.

    happy to hear you recommend this one. will add it to my dystopian read next. 🙂

  13. July 31, 2011 3:37 pm

    Considering I like dystopia then yes I am sure I’d like this one

  14. July 31, 2011 5:31 pm

    I’m going to have to make sure this series is on my shelves when school opens!! 😀

  15. August 3, 2011 7:20 pm

    I enjoyed this book as well. I think book two will be equally action packed. I too am looking forward to it.

  16. August 28, 2011 4:18 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of this dystopian style fiction but this one sounds good and with a plucky heroine to root for, I think I would enjoy it!

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