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Six determined Australian teenagers try to find their missing friends while continuing to resist the enemies who have invaded their country.
"Once again, Marsden's story is riveting because he makes it feel so real. . . . Thoughtful explorations of the nature of fear, bravery, and violence . . . add depth and balance to the edge-of-the-seat action." Horn Book Guide
Posted March 11, 2002
I love this book! You can not put it down. It has a way of making you feel as if you are there or you know the characters, it all seems so real. It deserves more than 5 stars!
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Posted February 27, 2002
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Posted May 12, 2014
The Dead of Night picks up where Tomorrow When the War Began leaves off. The characters struggle with what they did and worry about their friends Corrie and Kevin. Hell is home and the only place they feel safe, but they also know that sitting around and doing nothing isn't a long-term plan. Once again, they feel compelled to do something. They explore beyond their immediate surroundings and stumble upon another group of free citizen who call themselves Harvey's Heros.
After blowing up the bridge at Cobbler's Bay, Ellie and her friends bristle at being treated like kids by this new group and feel more like captives than the warriors they are. But when the enemy gets too close for comfort, they need to make some tough decisions.
The plot is gritty, and as with Tomorrow When the War Began, it's difficult to put down once it really gets going. What makes it so gripping is that it's terrifyingly real. Unlike other young adult dystopian novels, it isn't a stretch to get to where these kids are. John Marsden doesn't rely on alien invasions or weird supernatural events to bring about his world. Everything that happens feels like a natural culmination of events that could really happen.
The core characters are strong and even the new cast members have more depth than you would expect from tertiary characters. Major Harvey in particular is complex and hard to pin down.
Ellie and the others are deeply affected not only by what happened to Corrie and Kevin, but also by what they did. There are no quick fixes to the psychological trauma they experience which makes this book dark, but emotional and real. One of my favorite things about John Marsden is that he doesn't gloss over the aftermath and have his characters act as if they didn't just suffer horrible losses or inflict unimaginable pain on others. They're haunted by the things they've seen and done, the way human beings they are.
The Dead of Night is a solid follow up to Tomorrow When the War Began and carries the story forward without losing the magic of the series. It builds on the plot and characterization from the first book and doesn't let up.
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Posted June 6, 2002
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Posted January 31, 2014
I enjoyed the first two books of this series very much even with all the strange Australian words. Seemed pretty real and always a possibility for something like the takeover by a hostile country of one's homeland.
Not sure I will buy another book in the series unless it's a final one because this story can only go on for so long, plus it is very expensive to purchase - around $9.99 for each nook book.
Posted May 19, 2013
Posted January 26, 2013
I saw the movie and noticed that is was based on a book, so I came to B&N to look for the nook books and was excited to see that it was a series of 7. Please read series in order!
This is supposed to be a youth/teen book, but they did not write them this way when I was young. I recommend that parents glance through these books to be sure they think that their child can handle the "war time" theme.
But anyway, i loved the series and really was sad when it was over!! In it's own way, this is educational on survival that unfortunately may be needed one day.
Posted December 4, 2012
What a Masterpiece!
John Marsden has once again left us in awe suspence. His 2nd book The Night Of dead is literally off its chain! I loved it! But it left me in tears especially what Ellie says about not loving Chris at the end.
Posted August 16, 2008
I waited an entire year to reaad this book because i couldn't ever find it in stores and it was worth the wait. I love this author and think that this book was better than Tomorrow When the War Began. Its my favorite type of book, action with a touch of romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2006
Six teenagers are alone to fend for themselves in the Outback of Australia. In the sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began Ellie, Lee, Homer, Fiona, Chris, and Robyn these teens are trying to survive as well as fight back their invaders, locate supplies such as food, and attempt to find more survivors of the invasion. They have already lost two of their friends, Corrie and Kevin, in the combat. The Dead of Night is an awesome book that is full of suspense. It keeps the pages turning, because you never know what is going to happen next. Because it is told from Ellie¿s point of view, the reader feels a strong connection to her. The reader knows all of Ellie¿s thoughts, emotions, and conflicts, but only knows about the other characters from their actions and what Ellie writes about them. These kids need to show courage and strength to survive. Will they make it?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2002
Its better than 5 stars! I think Its a grate book. Like you said you can't put it down Im reading it for the therd time...it draws you in and you become Elli...All I have to say its an Awsome book!!!...READ THE SEARES!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 19, 2000
This is actually the first book I read from the Tomorrow Series, and I'm was very glad to find the first(Tomorrow When the War began). This book allows you to learn a bit of Aussie while reading it. You can't put this book down. I can't tell you how many times I got in trouble for laying in bed and reading it WAY past my bedtime. Like the first book, it draws you in, and makes you want to be Ellie. Don't Crack a Mental because you don't have it....you can buy it right here...at Barnes and Noble!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2000