4 Stars

The Tomorrow Girls by is a face-paced dystopian adventure perfect for tweens!

Louisa, Maddie, Evelyn and Rosie are four very different girls brought together as roommates at Country Manor School (CMS). The story takes place in a future where the United States is being torn apart by a war that will not end. Ms. Gray shows us a future we can, unfortunately, relate to, where trivial things such as malls, drive-in theaters, and fast-food restaurants are a thing of the past. CMS is a school for the children of the very wealthy; a place for them to be safe and well-cared for, and a cover-up for an Alliance (the bad guys) operation!

When Louisa, Maddie, Evelyn and Rosie find out CMS’s hidden agenda, they decide to escape and find their way back to Chicago and their parents. Along the way, they are joined by three boys from the boy’s school across the lake from CMS. The boys are a nice addition, and bring to the story that touch of innocent romance that preteen girls love.

The main characters are supposed to be thirteen, but act much closer to sixteen. The fact that they are growing up in such a difficult world, where children are forced to join the military at age fifteen, I was able to overlook this. I did like that each character was given special talents and abilities that helped the group make it through their harrowing journey.

Tomorrow Girls is a four book series, each book is written in the point of view of a different girl. The books are short and easy to read, but they do not stand alone. The reader will need to read all four books. Because of this, I felt the story should have been complete in one book. By the fourth book, I just wanted to get to the end; I felt that the story drug on a bit too long in order to fit it into four separate books. Thus, the 4 stars instead of 5.