In just one week I've read two books about military invasions.
Not exactly a restful topic.
The other (How I live Now) took place in Britain, this one is based in Australia (raved about by Nomes of Inkcrush, who is the Queen of Aussie YA Lit).
It is interesting that two similar premises could be realized so differently. The basic idea of both books is kids fending for themselves amidst a military invasion. (Side note: in both cases the author never clarifies who the invading army is, which I found cool, because it leaves off a TON of political baggage). But as I wrote above, the books are completely different.
Tiny synopsis: Ellie and her friends plan a bush trip (we'd call it camping) that falls over the national commemoration day. When they emerge from their trip a few days later they find that their rural town has been overtaken by an invading army. The friends get smart quickly and start doing what they need to survive. As time progresses they also begin to fight against the invaders, performing small (and large) acts of sabotage. Oh, and just because the world is turned upside down, it doesn't mean a group of teenagers aren't also going to experience their fair share of crushes, misinterpreted communications, love, and drama.
Oh, and if you haven't read two books about military invasions recently, please allow me to impart some wisdom to you. If an invading army lands in your backyard, here are a few things you NEED.
1. access to a verdant, diverse, and burgeoning vegetable garden
2. knowledge of plants, hunting, and trapping
3. a massive wild area in which you can hide away
4. dogs can be useful, or a liability, depending on breed (in general yappy dogs: bad, herders: good)
5. canned goods, camping supplies, chicken wire
6. also, a landcruiser is helpful
It makes me feel a little squirmy about my "urban" house, minivan, lack of canned goods, and garden covered by snow. We wouldn't get far on our juice boxes and soy chicken nuggets, I'm afraid.