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Kid Konnection – Tomorrow Girls #3: With the Enemy

November 19, 2011

Please note: This review is for the 3rd book in the Tomorrow Girls series and may include some spoilers for the first two books: Behind the Gates and Run for Cover.

The newest edition of the Tomorrow Girls series, by Eva Gray, finds Evelyn, Louisa, Maddie, and Rosie making their way to Chicago with the boys they’ve teamed up with.  They’ve had a couple of close calls, but things are going well for the most part.  The kids have been resourceful and worked as a team and have managed to work through adversity.  When Maddie is snatched by people in a black SUV, the rest of the kids are devastated and determined to rescue her, but first they have to figure out who grabbed her and why.

I’m a fan of this series and thoroughly enjoyed With the Enemy.  Rosie’s distraught over Maddie’s kidnapping, so Evelyn steps up and takes charge and the story is now being told from her point of view.   Under Evelyn’s leadership, the kids overcome challenges and make a few exciting discoveries.  Evelyn is a great character – she’s always been curious but has been satisfied to fade into the background.  She’s tenacious, though, so when her friends need her, she rises to the occasion.

The plot in With the Enemy is nonstop action and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  There were a few well-timed coincidences, but I was so caught up in the story I was able to suspend disbelief easily.  This is my kind of dystopia because the world is believable for me.

I think what really draws me to the Tomorrow Girls series is the strength of the characters.  The girls all draw on their strengths and step up to take command when the need arises.  The don’t always agree, but they always cooperate and work together.  There’s not a lot of angst and pettiness because they’re fighting for their lives.  There is a little romantic tension, but it’s a very minor part of the story.

The fourth and, what I suspect is the last, book in the series is Set Me Free and I can’t wait to read it!

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.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2011 7:08 am

    I keep meaning to read these and now you’ve already finished the third! I like dystopian stories and if they’re believable then all the better.

  2. November 19, 2011 7:20 am

    It’s a so great pleasure when you could’t turn the pages fast enough ! Happily you have the fourth book to read ! Enjoy !

  3. November 19, 2011 7:58 am

    Now I have actually written the names of these on my library list so I can read them; I’m pretty sure I’ll like them too!

  4. November 19, 2011 8:56 am

    Hi!
    Sound like great books. I’ll have to check this series out. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  5. November 19, 2011 9:14 am

    I hadn’t heard of this series, but I think I might like it! I love really well thought out dystopias and the fact that there is not much angst really gets me excited! I am going to have to look for these, for Melissa and myself!

  6. November 19, 2011 7:27 pm

    Every time you review one of these I think that I must get them out for Booking Daughter!

  7. Angie S. permalink
    November 19, 2011 9:23 pm

    I’m not familiar with this series but it sounds like a good one. I’m always afraid to get into a series because sometimes they go on forever, but with only 4 books I think I could handle this one! 🙂

  8. November 20, 2011 4:36 pm

    I added this series to my MS collection based on your reviews and I’m glad that you’re still enjoying them 😀

  9. November 27, 2011 4:42 pm

    I need to look into the first one in this series. Sounds good.

  10. November 28, 2011 5:03 pm

    This one series sounds ripe to be made into a miniseries or TV movie for young adults!

  11. December 1, 2011 1:43 pm

    My daughter and I have read the first book so I will get her the next two. I didn’t realize book 3 was out already!

  12. November 6, 2012 4:23 pm

    I love these books but I sold the books and can not remember the three boys names are? can you help me?

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