In the not-so-distant future, the United States is at war with a group called the Alliance. This on-going war has changed everything. There are no longer shopping malls, supermarkets, or amusement parks. Obesity is no longer a problem because there is barely enough food to eat. Four girls find themselves roommates at the Country Manor School, where their parents sent them “for their own safety.”
Once inside, they begin to uncover secrets that could change anything. These four books in the Tomorrow Girls series by Eva Gray are packed with ever-present danger, narrow escapes, and determined characters. I liked that each book was narrated by a different one of the girls.
Behind the Gates (Scholastic 2011)
Louisa enjoys the new classes and challenges found at Country Manor School. She just wishes that her best friend (and now “sister”) Maddie would relax and enjoy it, too. She doesn’t know what to think of their roommates Evelyn (who sees a conspiracy theory around every corner and Rosie (who quickly becomes the leader of the popular girls). Soon though, the girls discover a deadly secret and must learn to depend on each other to survive as they flee Country Manor School to try to find their parents.
Run for Cover (Scholastic 2011)
Rosie isn’t sure she is ready to lead the girls as they flee through the woods, and she sure isn’t ready to share her secret with them. When the girls are joined in their escape by Drew, Ryan, and Alonso, things get even more complicated. Who can she trust as they find themselves in the middle of an Alliance prison instead of closer to Chicago?
With the Enemy (Scholastic 2011)
Evelyn is quick to think the worst of any situation, but now that one of their own has been captured, the rest of the group is starting to pay attention to her theories. Evelyn needs to come up with a plan to save her friend before it is too late and before the rest of them are captured, too. The closer they get to Chicago, the greater the danger grows, but they do make some unexpected allies and discover even more surprising secrets.
Set Me Free (Scholastic 2011)
Now that she knows the truth about her parents, Maddie is ready for action. But first, she and her friends must break codes and travel across the war-torn city to reunite with their parents. Once they join with the Resistance, they have one last dangerous mission to complete. Their experiences have given them courage and strength, and they will need every bit of it to defeat the Alliance one more time.