The Dead of Night (Tomorrow Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Australia has been invaded. Nothing is as it was. Six teenagers are living out their nightmare in the sanctuary of a hidden valley called Hell. Alone, they make their own rules, protect what is theirs, and struggle for courage and hope in a world changed forever. Seeking supplies, allies, and information, the friends make forays into enemy territory, drawing on nerve and resourcefulness they never even knew they had. As the risks become greater, so too do the sacrifices they must make. Intense, passionate, and ...
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Overview

Australia has been invaded. Nothing is as it was. Six teenagers are living out their nightmare in the sanctuary of a hidden valley called Hell. Alone, they make their own rules, protect what is theirs, and struggle for courage and hope in a world changed forever. Seeking supplies, allies, and information, the friends make forays into enemy territory, drawing on nerve and resourcefulness they never even knew they had. As the risks become greater, so too do the sacrifices they must make. Intense, passionate, and compulsive, The Dead of Night continues the frighteningly real story begun in Tomorrow, When the War Began.

Six determined Australian teenagers try to find their missing friends while continuing to resist the enemies who have invaded their country.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Scholastic will reissue the first two volumes in John Marsden's the Tomorrow series-Tomorrow, When the War Began and The Dead of Night-this month, and will feature them in its on-line summer-reading campaign (see Children's Bookshelf, June 8). One additional title will appear every other month. PW called the story of some Australian friends who return from a camping trip to discover that enemy forces have invaded the country and imprisoned everyone in town "a gripping tale." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This action-filled sequel to the Australian import Tomorrow, When the War Began picks up just where its predecessor left off-and the reader will need to do likewise; for the uninitiated, the background may unfold too slowly. In conversational tones larded with Aussie slang (a glossary is included), Ellie, the narrator of Tomorrow, recounts the further adventures of her group of friends, who previously returned from a camping trip in the bush to discover that an unnamed foreign army had invaded the country, imprisoning all of the locals and laying sinister plans for the future. Ellie and friends here persevere in their attempts at guerrilla warfare against the occupying forces. Romantic relationships continue to develop, and perils of many kinds persist. In a subplot that promises to fuel still another book, the teens briefly hook up with a group of adults who have also managed to elude the enemy, but the adults' leader turns out to be as villainous as the invaders. While Marsden's writing is as taut as ever, the excitement of the original premise wears off in this installment, replaced by a less satisfying emphasis on the teens' maneuvers. Though it's still a superior adventure tale, it lacks the provocative edge and hard-hitting moral challenges of the author's very best work. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began, the teenagers continue their guerrilla warfare against the invading foreign army. PW said, "Though it's still a superior adventure tale, it lacks the provocative edge and hard-hitting moral challenges of the author's best work." Ages 12-up. (May) r Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA - Alice F. Stern
At the end of Tomorrow When the War Began (Houghton, 1995/VOYA August 1995), Ellie and her friends were hiding in the bush trying to survive after Australia had been invaded. This latest story begins soon after the end of the first novel. Ellie is still our narrator, and she takes us through the group's physical hardships, survival techniques, and interpersonal relationships. This time they encounter a group of inept and possibly sinister militia-type guerrillas. The teenagers continue to try to keep safe, survive, fight back, and learn the status of their families, friends and neighbors. Regular teenage concerns remain a part of their lives, despite their extraordinary circumstances. Particularly well done is the growing intimacy between Ellie and Lee, as their relationship becomes sexual. Also fascinating is the group's introspection on their strengths and weaknesses-they realize they have strengths of which they had not been aware-as well as their moral concerns over killing enemy soldiers. Tomorrow ended with the group still in the bush, with no end in sight. Except for the loss of a couple of their friends, the group is pretty much in the same circumstances at the end of this novel. If you hope for a plot with any closure, you will not find it here. What you will find is a strong adventure story, a little romance, and an excellent psychological study. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
First published in Australia, this suspenseful series was reviewed extensively in KLIATT when released in the US in hardcover editions and also as audiobooks. Now, the volumes are available as trade paperbacks, and this is the chance for all YA libraries to get copies. The basic plot of the series is that a group of high school friends in Australia are away on a camping trip when their country is attacked and terrorized by an unnamed enemy. They become an insurgency group, doing whatever they can do to make things difficult for the occupying forces. Their parents and families have been placed in concentration camps, demoralized. The teenagers, making use of their intimate knowledge of their own hometown, stage raids and then retreat to the outback to regroup. The narrator is Ellie, who is filled with rage sometimes and remorse at other times. She is a realist, knowing that they have to do what they are doing if they expect to get their homeland back. All kinds of moral issues are raised. Also compelling are their feelings about each another. This represents the best of YA literature—exciting, honest, gripping. (Look for the final two books in the series to be released shortly—there are seven in all.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10--Marsden picks up right where Tomorrow, When the War Began (Houghton, 1995) left off. A few months have passed since Ellie and six of her friends returned from a camping trip deep in the Australian outback to find their country invaded by an unidentified, non-English-speaking nation. The Dead of Night opens with a brief recounting of what happened in the previous novel; two members of the group, Corrie and Kevin, are still missing. Homer, a self-appointed leader, rallies the others together to track them down. They discover that Kevin has been imprisoned, and Corrie is alive, but in a coma. The teens continue their guerrilla activities and, by the end of the story, have lost Chris, another comrade. As in Tomorrow, Ellie narrates and keeps a written record of the group's activities and experiences. She is a fully realized character who grows considerably in the story. She is a thoughtful, realistic protagonist who wrestles not only with the brutalities of war, but also with her own adolescence. Her feelings for Lee are particularly well done. She wants to have sex with him, but worries about the complications that could result. These realistically depicted human conflicts make the book much more than just an exciting apocalyptic adventure. In the end, only four members of the original seven remain, but they are still committed to fighting the enemy. Hope is alive. Although this sequel can stand on its own, readers of Tomorrow will find it far more satisfying.--Edward Sullivan, New York Public Library
From the Publisher
"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

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547528151
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/29/1997
  • Series: Tomorrow Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 94,218
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 437 KB

Meet the Author

John Marsden’s highly praised series concludes in this thrilling installment that will bring readers to the edge of their seats and keep them there until the last page is turned. John Marsden is one of Australia’s best-known writers for young adults. His work has received critical acclaim and has earned a cultlike following worldwide. The popular Tomorrow series has been translated into seven languages and has sold over one million copies in Australia alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2002

    YES YES YES!!

    You have to read this book series it is the most outstanding book ever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2002

    Great Book

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!

    I LOVED IT!!! IT WAS AWESOME!! YOU JUST CAN'T KEEP THE BOOK DOWN!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    THE BEST!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was the best book i have ever read (along with the rest of the series!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Nate

    Yeah i go by dinkle fairy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    My d itchs so bad maybe if you rub it it'll feel better guy

    Rub it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Jade

    I moan louder and release more juices. "Baby I wanna cu.m for you so bad!" I cry out losing myself

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    The Dead of Night picks up where Tomorrow When the War Began lea

    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.

    Plot
    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.

    Characters
    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.

    Bottom Line
    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 January 31, 2014

    Good series, but kind of drug out

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Really great book

    Awesome

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Better than Hunger Games, please read series in order!

    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.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    What a Masterpiece! John Marsden has once again left us in awe s

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    AMAZING

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    The Dead of Night

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2002

    I LOVE IT!!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    best book along with all the other books in the series

    Great book I couldn't put it down I read it all in 24 hours!!!! Read the other books too they're almost just as good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    Great book

    It was a great book, and I just couldn't put it down. The action keeps you really wrapped up in it and you feel like your there with the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    Can't stop reading it

    The best book. Can't put it down. The hole sereis is so great I read them in a week. I am now rereading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2000

    ITS THE BEST...deserves MORE than 5 stars

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    the best series

    this is the best book, and the best series... you just get drawn in and you can't stop reading.

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