Time Period: 1990’s
Main Characters: Ellie, Kevin (joins later in the book), Robyn, Homer, Lee,
Plot: They meet Kevin, they blow up cobblers bay, and they get caught.
Other: This is the third book in a series of five books and I wont be
telling what happened in the previous books since it will take too much
time and work (precious time). But I have done reports on the previous
books and you can read them if you are really interested. By the way we
need to give these five/six (including Kevin when he joins) people a name
because I can’t be saying Ellie, Kevin, Robyn, Homer, Lee, Fi walked…
So lets call them “our friends”.
Our friends are hanging out in Hell (a camp in the bush) and going outside
at times to do some exploration. One day they get lucky and spot a work
group (the captured people of the city that do the dirty jobs) and Kevin is
among them. Kevin also sees them and when the guards aren’t watching he
slips of to meet them. He explains that if he escapes the soldiers will
kill his mother that is a hostage back in the showground (camp for
prisoners). Our friends come up with a plan and Kevin goes back to the work
group and explains it to his working friends.
Someone screams that Kevin has fallen into the well (our friends have
earlier removed some bricks and thrown in a dead sheep so it starts
smelling) anyway the guards think Kevin is dead and Kevin escapes.
So now that our friends are reunited, they decide to blow up an important
bay that has been used a lot in the war. Now the question was, how would
they get in? It was a well-protected area.
When they are walking along the road to Cobbler’s Bay, they see a broken
down truck on the side of the road. They decide to investigate but then
another truck appears down the road. They hide quickly and watch. Out of
the truck, some men that look like engineers come out. They fix the broken
down truck and one of them hops in and starts driving. Here our friends get
an idea. The convoys that head for Cobbler’s Bay, they could put a tree on
the road so the convoy stops. Then Kevin, who paid attention in the physics
lessons, could creep in under the truck and do something so the truck
breaks down further down the road. When the convoy leaves the truck for the
engineers to come, our friends make their move. Kevin gets the idea of what
type of explosives they should use. They load the truck with fertilizers
(which every farm had) and diesel. When enlighten this could make a very
powerful bomb. Homer and Ellie jump in the back of the truck and wait for
the engineers to come to fix it. After some hours the engineers come, fix
the truck and drive towards Cobbler’s Bay. Ellie and Homer stay in the
truck for some hours. When they go out they find out that they are inside a
ship. They pour the gasoline over the fertilizer and get ready. They light
the fuse and climb up to the deck. They jump into the water and swim for
safety but get separated. When Ellie gets out of the water, she heads for
their meeting place. At the meeting place she sees three soldiers pointing
guns at her friends. She sneaks up on the soldiers and hits the closest one
with a stone. Then she takes his gun and kills the other two. Ellie and her
friends run out of the forest and find a car parked on the side of the
road. They assume that it’s probably the soldier’s car. They take the risk
and drive the car up the road. But they get caught and are taken to a
prison. In the prison they get sentenced to death. On the day of the
execution, an air raid from New Zeeland attacks the prison. It destroys
most of the prison so our friends are able to escape. Robyn picks up a gun
and some grenades. On their way out a soldier catches them. The soldier
tells Robyn to throw her gun down and so she does. While the soldier turns
and looks at the other five, Robyn sticks he hand in her shirt and pulls
the grenade pin. She sacrifices herself so her friends can escape (heroic).
Shocked, her friends escape. On a field outside the prison grounds of the
prison, they see a shot down airplane. The pilot gets out of the cockpit
and runs away from the plane. After some seconds the plane blows. Our
friends go talk to the pilot and he tells them that he has a radio and he
will soon contact a chopper that will pick him up. Our friends ask the
pilot if they can go with. The pilot doubts at first, but after our friends
tell him what they have done he lets them come.
My opinions: Not bad, in fact, not bad at all. I thought that this was the
best book in the series. It was a great book that had lots of everything in
it. I read like 100 pages one time, I couldn’t stop. Now if I read 100
pages in one time, the book is good, trust me. The author John Marsden
described the environment very well since he was born in a very small town
in Australia. The book is written in first person, out of Ellies view.
Book for Keeps describes it as “a powerful and compulsive read” and I think
that they are right.
Falter- move or act in an uncertain or hesitating way.
Eradicate- put an end to something.
Epilogue. Last part of a book or play.
Lush- plants, trees, etc growing thickly and strongly.