Monday, 3 September 2012

The Dead of the Night By John Marsden

 
The Dead of the Night
Series: Tomorrow #2
Release Date: First Published 1994, This edition 2012
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
 
Synopsis: 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.
 
Review: This series just keeps getting better and better! I really enjoyed book one but this was even better. I loved reading about the characters again and seeing what happens to them next. Each of them are changed by their experiences and now they have to go deeper to get their country back. They have to struggle with hard decisions such as will they be able to kill someone if needed? It's these questions that determine how they will continue their journey. We watch as their feelings bubble over the surface, making relationships strained. Times are tough and things are only just beginning. There is a lot more action in this book and it really makes you gasp. The horror and guilt that washes over the characters is very strong but the big question is did they do it in cold blood or hot blood?
 
The Dead of the Night begins a few weeks after Kevin took Corrie to the hospital. The two haven't come back, Ellie is worried for her friend and wants to know whats happened. The group relationships are strained even more so now their numbers are dawdling. Ellie and the group decide to go and see whats happened to Corrie and Kevin. Leaving Hell they camp out and slip unnoticed into the hospital. There they find Corrie in a coma and the news about Kevin sends a chill through the group. Leaving quickly they go back to hell and plan more. They begin exploring more of hell and find a pathway to the other side. There they find some other free people, but it's not all it seems.
 
We see Ellie struggle a lot with her decisions in this book. The dark thoughts begin to overtake her and cloud her mind. She has to struggle to pull through. Her relationships begin to develop but they are all changing, whether for the better or good is yet unknown. Homer is still the mastermind behind the plans, he's getting very wise despite how reckless he can be. Fi, seems to grow too. She sees her home be taken over by this army and used as headquarters. All of her life in that house has been stripped away from her. She's angry at the invasion but she keeps a level head. Lee took some dark steps in this book and we saw a real darker side to him which was interesting, it was like he was a totally different person. Robyn was still the strong girl we came to love and she gets her hands dirty in this book and take a more full on approach. Oh and Chris, I felt so sorry for him. He was having a really hard time and he was so alone. What happens to him is terrible and I wish we got to know him better.
 
We get to see more full on action from the enemy in this book and it's very horrible and gory. We see the effect battling the enemy has on the group. They come face to face with the people who are invading or more over have invaded their country and it is really interesting seeing the effect they have. These characters have become friends to me and I love the lessons they learn whether they learn them the easy way or the hard way. I love the way they put everything into survival, they know they can do something and they won't go down without a fight. I loved this book even more than book 1 and I really can't wait to read the rest of the series. I highly recommend these books!
 

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