What if you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed?
Money is worthless. Your friends are gone. Armed robbers roam the streets. No one is safe. Suddenly you're a refugee. After Tomorrow is an unflinchingly poignant but ultimately hopeful story from Carnegie Medal winning author Gillian Cross, exploring the struggle for survival within refugee camps.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 04/04/2013
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780192756268
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Review by rvhatha
Better than your average YA dystopian novel. Matt and his little brother Taco escape to France through the Chunnel when food becomes scarce in England and his family are targeted for being "Scadgers": people who hoard food. They're not, but the violence against them escalates to the point that the boys' mother sends the kids and their stepfather away while she remains behind with her ill mother. The novel focuses largely on the asylum seekers' efforts to survive and to create a community in their refugee camp, "Lemon Dough." Matt discovers that his skills at bike repair are useful to people both inside and outside the camp, and the work allows him slowly to adjust to his new life.What I like about this book is that there's no teen-romance angst, no militancy, no revolution, and no easy resolution, unlike so many popular YA dystopian series these days. Matt and his family are still living in a small tent and struggling to feed themselves at the end of the novel, and yet there's still a sense of optimism and hope there. A refreshing change!