The Other Side of Dawn

The Other Side of Dawn

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by John Marsden

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The Other Side of Dawn is the long-awaited, riveting, final title in the Tomorrow series about a group of teenagers in war-torn Australia. Since their home was invaded by enemy soldiers and transformed into a war zone, Ellie and her friends have been fighting for their lives. They have learned survival skills out of necessity and taken care of each other through


The Other Side of Dawn is the long-awaited, riveting, final title in the Tomorrow series about a group of teenagers in war-torn Australia. Since their home was invaded by enemy soldiers and transformed into a war zone, Ellie and her friends have been fighting for their lives. They have learned survival skills out of necessity and taken care of each other through impossibly dark times. Now, with a roar like a train in a tunnel, the war has entered its final days. There’s no more sitting around, no more waiting. There’s only fast decisions, fast action, fast thinking—and no room to get it wrong. As the enemy forces close in on their hideout in Hell, Ellie, Fi, Homer, Lee, and Kevin, and their adopted group of orphaned children, find themselves facing the last chapter of their struggle for freedom. But it may just be the most dangerous yet. And not everyone will survive.

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Publishers Weekly
A crop of sequels and series additions greet fans this fall. Australian author John Marsden's The Other Side of Dawn brings his Tomorrow series to its dramatic conclusion. Bestsellers in Australia, the seven-book series revolves around a dwindling group of teenagers fighting for their lives and Australia's survival against a brutal invading army. Here, as the war enters a final phase, the dangers for narrator Ellie and her friends seem greater than ever. Who among them will find a lasting peace?
In the final book of the Tomorrow series, the war is winding down as mysteriously as it began. The story's narrator, Ellie, and her friends, still based in Hell, are fighting undercover while caring for several feral children. A final assault is imminent, and the group is directed to continue with guerrilla tactics, causing chaos and confusion behind the lines. After negotiating a deal to protect the ferals, the five fighters follow orders. In a bold attack on an enemy train, Ellie is shot and taken prisoner. She later learns that the other four have been killed. She endures as a POW and then escapes the camp to wait out the war among her own people. This novel starts off strong and rushes nonstop toward the expected conclusion. Ellie and her friends are older, tired, and beginning to question whether all the killings are justified. They see themselves becoming jaded and realize that their innocence is forever lost. Marsden effectively illustrates what happens to people after the war is over and the difficulty of returning to normal life. Ellie and Lee, who have two non-graphic sexual encounters, discover that the intense feelings felt in Hell do not translate to a peacetime relationship. The action scenes are vivid, the soul searching is relevant, and the ending is hopeful. Marsden successfully brings the series to a satisfying and timely conclusion. Readers learn the fate of each of the characters that they have followed faithfully for years and will wish them well. Fans of the series will inhale this finale. For those new to Marsden, start with Tomorrow, When the War Began (Houghton Mifflin, 1995/VOYA August 1995). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasionallapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002 (orig. 1999), Houghton Mifflin, 344p,
— Judy Sasges
Children's Literature
While war rages throughout Ellie's hometown in Australia, she and four of her friends who have not been sent away to prison camps set out to sabotage the enemy soldiers in any way they possibly can. One day, a soldier named Ryan comes along and gives them a mission: destroy as much of the enemy soldiers, supplies and equipment as possible. He gives them food and supplies to complete this mission, and the group sets off, moving from city to city, wreaking havoc. The big day comes when they try to blow up an enemy service station with plastic explosives. All goes well until they cannot escape quickly enough. Ellie gets separated from her friends on their retreat, and the enemy soldiers decide to chase her. In her retreat, she manages to blow up a train carrying enemy soldiers. Eventually, she is shot in the leg, captured and taken to an enemy hospital. From there, Ellie struggles to find her way home, back to all of her friends and family that she has lost during this brutal war. This book shows the extremes of human nature and gives vivid and graphic descriptions of the lives of Ellie and her friends in the war. At times, the author leaves out relevant information until later in the novel, which makes it somewhat confusing, but these ambiguities also motivate the reader to continue reading. Through her emotional and moving story, Ellie will carry readers with her through all her hard times and adventures. 2002, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 13 up.
—Marjory Hamlin
What a wild adventure this series has been! Finally, a peace is negotiated at the end of this book, with the teenagers who have been guerilla warriors in defense of their Australian community facing a new beginning. Ellie, the narrator, is separated from the others during most of the action. The teenagers are instructed by a New Zealand commando to create as much havoc as possible behind the lines during a major invasion of allies, and he supplies them with plastic explosives. During one of the operations, Ellie has to escape on a train, which she manages to blow up all by herself. Don't ask! Pain, prison, grief, reunion with parents who are older and weaker, romantic love—all the ingredients are here for drama pleasing to the adolescent reader. This is true of the entire series, so please provide the excitement for your YAs. (Final book in the Tomorrow series) Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Houghton Mifflin, 339p.,
— Claire Rosser; KLIATT
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This final installment in the series takes place approximately one year after Ellie and a group of friends became reluctant guerilla fighters in the war that broke out while they were on a camping trip in the Australian bush. The teen and her surviving friends are asked to conduct raids and sneak attacks on the enemy, creating confusion among their troops at a critical point in the fighting. In spite of the great danger, they agree and the action intensifies. Ellie, the narrator, is a strong female character and the weight of her leadership responsibilities and the urgency of the situations the group faces are vividly conveyed. The action sequences are gripping and there is an expected amount of violence. The confusion, depression, and tensions that follow the end of the fighting are also realistically depicted. The book can stand alone, but the many references to the action and characters from the earlier titles make it a better choice for those already familiar with the series. Purchase where the previous books have been popular.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Australian teenage resistance fighters are back and as dauntless as ever in this seventh and last installment of the gripping series that started with Tomorrow, When the War Began (1995). Three of the original eight have died since a foreign power invaded their country in the opener, and now the remaining five have word from New Zealand that an all-out effort is imminent. Their assignment is to cause as much trouble as possible in the final days, using the explosives they’ve received. Ellie’s compelling narration continues to have an authentic teenage tone, mixing suspenseful fighting scenes with occasional musings about love and forays into sex. A smart, brave risk-taker, Ellie is one of the group’s leaders, who draws on useful knowledge from her farm upbringing. For about a third of the way, she’s on her own, in serious danger, worried sick about the fate of her friends. As always, the plot keeps readers on the edge of their seats, never knowing if the whole group will survive. Australian writer Marsden provides a realistically imperfect yet hopeful conclusion. Readers new to the series would do well to begin at the beginning, while the series’ many fans will be sorry to reach their final chapter in such an outstanding story of friendship, courage, and survival. (Fiction. 13+)
From the Publisher

"Although stunning action sequences have always been a hallmark of the series, its true excellence is due in large part to Marsden’s thoughtful exploration of the psychological costs of the teens’ heroic, violent exploits." In the closing sequence, he realistically examines the emotional turbulence of the sudden attack of peace…it may be time for Marsden to shut down his engines, but it’s been one heck of a ride." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"As always, the plot keeps readers on the edge of their seats… an outstanding story of friendship, courage, and survival." Kirkus Reviews

“Marsden is at his exciting, if somewhat improbable, best when writing about Ellie’s single-handed train sabotage and the teens’ attempts to blow up a huge truck stop on the road to Cavendish.” Booklist, ALA

“The action sequences are gripping and there is an expected amount of violence.” School Library Journal

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Tomorrow Series , #7
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12 Years

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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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The Other Side of Dawn 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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ZoeyQ More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed the whole series. I think it is an excellent option for the young reader looking to read adventure.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i can't find this book anywhere in canada! is it not released here, or is there some strange holding on it? please, someone, answer this! write a review and put it in! please!!!!! ps all the other books are excellent, and it is saddening to realize that this wonderful series is ended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg, it's all over. I've read the entire series and I couldn't wait to read this one. Overall the book was great and I still couldn't put it down, but the ending left something to be desired. I was dissapointed that there wasn't much about the other characters and I was hoping for a more dramatic ending, one where the friends stayed together. It felt as though I was left with a lot that wasn't explained. Even though the ending wasn't what I expected, I still the loved the book and the ENTIRE series!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading the series about a month before I finished it. I had bought the first 3 at a bookstore, and when I realized there was 4 more, I knew I had to get them. When I ordered them online, I read a few reviews from other people who had read the series. Even though it focused mainly on Ellie, and you didn't hear about the other four at all, it had a good turn to it. And the ending was surprisingly good. You have to read it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
*deep breath* Oh heck *screams* IT CAN'T BE OVER!! *falls down sobbing. Looks up and grins* I'm a drama freak. But seriously, I do not want this to end... (I haven't read it yet, I just found out this one came out. I need to get this book. I NEED THIS BOOK!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book but the ending was really bad. In this book they just really follow Ellie and almost forget about everyone else. In this book I think you see a lot of strengith in each character even Kevin. Make sure you read it with a box of tissues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great ending to an amazing series which John Marsden kept real and believeable. It would have been an excellent and fantastic series if not for the somewhat happy ending. However, John Marsden did an amazing job with the characters and their journies in discovering themselves and the final paths each took at the end. He did end it with the predictable Hollywood ending and I think that's why I enjoyed the series.