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The Other Side Of Dawn (Tomorrow #7)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  9,369 ratings  ·  272 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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4.5 stars!
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

This story is the top selling series for Australian teens and I can totally see why. 5 friends decide to go on a camping trip during the holidays, but when they come back, everyone’s gone. Everyone is being held against their will in the showground and it appears that another country has sent its military forces to take over Australia. What happens next is a story of survival, war,
It's been a little over a year since Ellie and her friends returned from their camping trip in Hell to find their country had been invaded and their families captured. The original group of eight has been reduced to five, and they've gained a group of rescued orphans. Now the New Zealand troops are preparing their final assault, and Ellie and her friends are about to be called into action for one final time.

This is the seventh and final book in the incredible Tomorrow series (after Tomorrow Whe
So this is the seventh and final book in the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. To be honest I'm surprised this series isn't more popular than it is. It has everything it needs to be a huge hit, although I have to admit that it is missing vampires, thankfully.

This entire series was written in the first person by a female protagonist named Ellie. Her character developed well throughout the series but when it comes right down to it I didn't particularly like her. In fact she was my least favorite pa
Melbourne on my mind
Plot summary: It's been over a year since Ellie and her friends left on the camping trip that would ultimately save them from captivity in the war, but throwing them into the depths of guerilla warfare. In this, the final installment, they must fight like never before. The war is drawing to a lose, and with the delivery of a quantity of plastic explosives from the New Zealand armed forces, they're out to do what damage they can.

Thoughts: This is the conclusion to the series that dominated my te
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I don't think I will review each book, or even the series, as I took no notes but I might put something together soon.

This is a pretty good series, plenty of action and suspense, great characters, and a thought-provoking plot.

I do think 7 books was probably 2-3 books too many. Ellie has a story related to everything that happens so a lot of the book is taken up by her just talking about stuff. But overall I really enjoyed this series.
This was an amazing end to the series,particularly in the realistic portrayal of how life can't go back to how it was before the war. My only criticism is that some of the close-knit friendships and relationships got cut off too quickly, which may be realistic but was still disappointing. I definitely need to track down the three books in the Ellie Chronicles to read, too.
Oh wow, this book. This series! Finally I've made up for all that lost time and I am so glad I did, instead of just staying with my first, twelve-year-old impression of "too scary" and then "too scary AND too many books." Seven sounds like a lot, but at only 330 pages this last one was the longest of the bunch. They're very quick reads!

I've actually forgotten a lot of the first half already, because the second half dominated SO much. (view spoiler)
This was the awesome conclusion to a seven-book series and the best. The violence in these books is intense--there are seven kids fighting on their own against the invaders of their country--and sometimes the descriptions of not only what happens, but how they react to it, physically, spiritually, and emotionally is hard to read, but very real and honest. The action is almost non-stop. When I started one of these books, I couldn't put it down. There are breaks to take a breath as Ellie describes ...more
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Leah (Jane Speare)
This is a first...I've read this entire seven-book series all in one year. It's the longest series I've stuck to, besides Max Ride and Harry Potter. And it's just as worthy and awesome! I wish it didn't have to end.

These books have been a great cure to "so many books, what should I pick up for a relaxing read in between?" Now that may sound weird considering these are war books and not a bit relaxing, but over the past year, I've become so attached to Ellie and her friends, reading the next on
William Ristau
The group attacks a service station frequented by enemy convoys and are separated in the aftermath. Ellie is shot in the leg and taken prisoner. While interned she discovers the location of her mother and father. She escapes, and is reunited with her mother whom she stays with until news breaks that the war is over – Australia signed a peace treaty with the occupying power, resulting in the formation of a new nation on the continent for the invading forces and settlers. It transpires that Wirraw ...more
This is the seventh and final book of John Marsden's "Tomorrow When the War Began" series. Basically eight Australian teens go camping in the outback for a week and when they return, they discover that Australia has been invaded and subjugated by a foreign power and their parents have been locked away in detention camps. Throughout the series, the teens embark on a steadily increasing campaign of sabotage, resistance, and guerrilla war. The seventh book concluded the series pretty well. Without ...more
Ok, I've finished the series and I would give it a clear 4.5 to 5 stars. Loved it, takes "Red Dawn" to a new level!!! The setting is great, the pace is fast enough to keep me hooked in, the characters are great. I loved it, in fact it's depressing to have finished :-(

Oh and keep away from the film, it doesn't do it justice!!! They should have made it in to a TV series.

How I review...
1 star - binned it before half way, please don't write anymore!!!
2 stars - finally binned it after really trying,
No!!! It's over! So sad to leave this series, even though every book was very taxing. How can books about war not be stressful? I loved every minute of Ellie and her friend's guerilla war. Marsden is masterful at weighing the moral responsibility of war, especially of teens taking the war into their own hands. I really feel the weight of Ellie's sorrow at taking lives, and her rage at the intruders that have stolen the lives of her friends. I really didn't want to leave the war, but it had to en ...more
Grey Berry
Straight up an amazing book and well written by John Marsden. After all the action and killing the book still puts drama love and romance. A wonderful book that just makes me really feel like i'm in the plot with the characters. Overall is a fantastic novel and must be ready by everybody.
It's weird reading this 15 years after publication, knowing about the refugee camps in Australia. That aside, Ellie is still the self centred character from the start. Glad we got to catch up on the others otherwise it would really have done my head in.
Almost my favourite in the series...except that I didn't want it to end, so that put a damper on things. The characters' descent into senseless (and dangerously unplanned ) violence for the sake of it was depressing but believable.

Here's my review of the series as a whole....

When The Wire first came out, it was hailed as the greatest TV show ever, because the writers decided to structure it like a novel, with a slow development of character and plot. The Tomorrow series is the opposite - it's li
Ryan  Buckby
This is the 7th and final book in the tomorrow series and i think john marsden did an excellent job with the whole series, the storyline and characters are both of things i loved from this story!

I wish it was more popular because this book is one of the best ones to come from an australian writer that i know of!

there are so many twist and turns, heart-stopping moments! but also has its light moments. this would have to go as one of my favourite book series of all time!

'This is it -- the final
Brad Mathieson

I'm so glad that I've finally read and finished this series. It gave me everything I had expected. It's interesting how enthralled I became in the characters, I guess mostly Ellie, but I found myself really concerned about the entire group. My main qualm with the final book of the series is the epilogue. If only I hadn't read the final epilogue I would be so much happier.
I think this series is a whole lot better than I gave it credit for before I reread it, but it could do with being a couple of books shorter. The transition from the third to the fourth book (where there was obviously a place left for the possibility of ending the series) was convincing, but there were so many parts both before and after that which just felt gratuitous.
Oh no! The series is over. I'm sad there will be no more adventures of Ellie and her friends during the war. This last one was great, though. Lots of action, still, and prison camp and infamy and a (kind of) satisfying conclusion. My library doesn't have the Ellie Chronicles, so I'll have to find them elsewhere, but be assured that I will. There's got to be more to the story.
Michael McEvoy
A good end to a gripping series. Like the 6th book it started off strongly. About halfway through, one unexpected line changed everything. I couldnt believe my eyes, and I was depressed when I went to bed that night! Alas, the last line was absolutely terrible. Still, I will definitely be starting the next series soon!
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Me gusto mucho el final de la saga, de muestra que es imposible que después de una guerra haya finales felices. Llore bastante, y el autor logro sorprenderme. Voy a extrañar mucho a los personajes.
Phew, it's over. Great books to read. Would probably have enjoyed the book more if there was more context like naming invaders and actual names of places...
i want to cry now that this series is over
i think its one of my fav series ive read i love it a lot

i dont know what to do with my life now help
Liz Murray
THIS is what should be top of the charts for the YA set. We need a lot more female characters like Ellie. She is smart, strong and is someone you almost wish you could be. Ok it's been years (a couple of decades actually) since I was a teenager but I can relate to Ellie so well. All the insecurities and emotional roller coasters I remember are here on the page. There's no pretense and no holding back. The action scenes are gripping, and yes sometimes you wonder how exactly Ellie makes it (not a ...more
Brooke Wilson
Has SPOILERS!!!!Overall the series is somewhere between a 3.5 star and 4 star. What impressed me the most is that each book had its own personality and that it did. It feel like Marsden was repeating the same problem/complications over and over again. Ellie and her friends accomplished some amazing feats, that were believable to the reader. This last installment was my least favorite of the seven. It did not hold my interest like the others, and honestly, I did not believe that all of Ellie's fr ...more
I started this series when I was 13. I have all the books and remember waiting for this one to come out. I read a few chapters, and just stopped. It's sat there ever since. With this year's series challenge I thought it was time to put it to bed.

I was mostly worried that the writing would be awful. John Marsden has achieved a sort of mythic level in my early teenage years. He wrote books about things no one would really talk about to us early teenagers then. While this series was more about the
Lucas Darathy
A fair ending, to be honest. Not a masterpiece, but good. I did enjoy most of it. A few final thoughts:

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See also: John Marsden.

His first book, So Much To Tell You, was published in 1987. This was followed by Take My Word For It, a half-sequel written from the point of view of another character. His landmark Tomorrow series is recognized as the most popular book series for young adults ever written in Australia. The first book of this series, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times i
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Other Books in the Series

Tomorrow (7 books)
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)
  • The Dead of Night (Tomorrow, #2)
  • A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3)
  • Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4)
  • Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow, #5)
  • The Night is For Hunting (Tomorrow, #6)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1) The Dead of Night (Tomorrow, #2) A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3) Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4) Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow, #5)

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