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The Dead of the Night (Tomorrow #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  14,012 ratings  ·  506 reviews
Alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780330356473

Hell is still the safest place on earth.

When you've run out of choices, you've only got yourself.

As war rages, as the enemy closes in, as Ellie and her friends fight for their lives, they are left with nothing.

Nothing but courage, spirit and pride.

The Dead of the Night is the second volume in the award-winning Tomorrow series.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 2007 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published 1994)
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karen
boof - reading these quick books to cleanse the brain-palate before diving into proust4 means i get awful far behind in my reviewing!

i am really liking this series, which is fortunate because i have once again done the thing i do, which is to buy all seven before reading the first one. dumbass. (untruth: book six is in the mail on its way to me - somehow out of print and hardish to get. but i got.)

dunno - i like where this series is going, and from what i gather about twilight and some other t
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Noelle
The Dead of Night continued to affirm just how screwed I'd be if it were me instead of Ellie hunkered down in Hell.


"I love camping! I’m gonna go read up right now on which plants I can eat and which ones will kill me.”

Not that I don’t enjoy the occasional nature activity, it is just that my first reaction to being asked to go camping/kayaking/hiking is suddenly getting The Lemonheads “I Lied About Being the Outdoor Type” stuck in my head.

I can’t go away with you on a rock climbing weekend / Wha
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Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Our poor heroes aren’t so plucky and full of bravado anymore, not since Corrie was shot in the back and Kevin took her to the hospital. But the gang decide they can’t sit around forever: they need more supplies for living in Hell, and they want to see if Corrie’s OK, and they need to take some action against the army that invaded their land, took over their homes, and took their families prisoner.

This book is much slower than Tomorrow, When the War Began. Our teen heroes are despondent, depresse
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Becky
The Dead of the Night sees us return to Hell with Ellie and her friends as they struggle to come to terms with the great loss they endured at the end of Tomorrow When the War Began. It is a story about moral choices, about finding the courage to put yourself at risk time and again and most importantly, it is about endurance.


Ellie, Homer, Lee, Robyn, Fi and Chris all return to Hell. At first they are all lost to their shock and anger that the enemy managed to damage them so cruelly. The time come
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Karin
THE DEAD OF NIGHT is the second book in the amazing Tomorrow Series. It picks up where TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN ends and is just as exciting!

Ellie and her friends continue to battle against unknown invaders. They are forced to act like a military force without any of the training. Even though they are sticking close to home, they feel they are contributing to the fight and causing the enemy some hardship.

In an attempt to locate an alternate escape route out of Hell, the teens stumble upon wh
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Kaila
Shit dog. Not very often I like the second book in a series more than the first.
Jessi
Interesting note, apparently New Zealand has been very helpful in this war. Coming immediately to the aid of Australia and fighting for her. Really?
Flight of the Conchords Dance
All I know about New Zealand/Australia relations comes from Flight of the Conchords and they gave the impression they were not fond of Australia and thought they were “subtlety mocking their accents” whenever speaking with an Australian.

I really enjoyed the first book in the Tomorrow series but you know how 2nd books can be a bit lame? Dead of Nigh
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Anna
In the first book you saw some action (view spoiler). In this one, the are more action scenes and they are more exciting (view spoiler). The action scenes are described in a way which is better than a mo ...more
Ash Zeptner
The Dead of Night was quite phenomenal! Throughout the whole book, I was intrigued and was being entertained. Being the second book in John Marsden's 7 book series "The Tomorrow Series", my expectations were extremely high after reading the first novel "Tomorrow when the War Began" and it did not fail to meet them. The adventurous, action filled novel begins a couple of weeks after the devastating events of that concluded the last book. The brief brake between both books really added a good effe ...more
Michael
Jul 17, 2010 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Mary
Recently I read Tomorrow When the War Began because I missed out on reading it when I was a teenager. Which left the story unfinished and I felt I wanted to know what was going to happen. So I’ve now completed book 2; The Dead of the Night. I actually preferred this book over the first, the innocence of the kids is now gone, while still having to struggle against the enemy that now have to struggle with sexual desire too (actually I don’t think the struggled they just ‘hopped on’…so to speak). T ...more
Dina Roberts
This book is part of a very popular Australian young adult series.

It's about teenagers trying to survive and fight in their now-occupied homeland.

It was published in 1994...pre-Harry Potter.

I may be wrong about this, but I think back then adults were more likely to be marginalized in YA and children's literature. I think they were often shown as being useless and/or antagonistic.

In this book, the adults seem to be either captured victims or villains. The kids have to pick up the pieces and sa
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Rachel Lightwood
Contains minor spoilers for Tomorrow, When the War Began.

This book began with a bang. It was fast, confronting, action-packed, much more exciting than the first book. However, the second half was as boring and repetitive as first book.

The characters really hit the fan in this sequel and did nothing put piss me off. Ellie was the main problem, though Lee wasn't much better and Homer was worst of all. He just faded into the background and did nothing.

One of my favourite aspects of Tomorrow, When
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Riley Blue
Mar 14, 2014 Riley Blue rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riley Blue by: Circe
Shelves: read-reviewed
Desde Tomorrow, When The War Began me parece que la historia avanzó mucho.
En The Dead of Night los personajes son más maduros, han aprendido a comportarse mejor y aunque se siguen enfrentando con sus propias culpabilidades, no dudan en ningún momento al tener que hacer algo que les ayude a sobrevivir.

"Estábamos viviendo una extraña y larga pesadilla en la que teníamos que inventar nuestras propias reglas, inventar nuevos valores, tropezar desorientados, esperando no cometer demasiados errores."
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Nairabell
A few months after a foreign force invaded their homes, Ellie and her friends remain in the hidden safe haven of Hell. They have fought against the invaders, and two of their number have fallen behind enemy lines. Now the remaining six will hunt for their friends, and in discovering a new group of survivors put themselves at greater risk than ever before.

Following on from Tomorrow, When the War Began, this book begins a couple of weeks after the devastating events of that concluded the last boo
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Kerstin
This book is a very good follow-up novel to 'Tomorrow When the War Began'. Ellie and her friends have returned to Hell after the horrific finale of the last book and have been there ever since. They haven't ventured out too much and the few news they get on the radio have made them depressed and angry. It's been a couple of months though, and they start to think that they should get out there again to try and help the war effort. The invaders have a strong grip on the country as there is not muc ...more
Kat
There's something infinitely scary about re-reading a series that I loved as a teenager. Did I love them because they enjoyed them at that particular stage of my life, and have my tastes and expectations changed with age and experience? I felt tense when I re-read the first book in the series a few months ago, and although I loved it just as much as I did ten plus years ago, I felt that same tension when I started reading In the Dead of the Night.

The story picks up a little after the end of Tom
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Stacey (prettybooks)
The Dead of the Night takes place not too long after the events at the end of the first book, Tomorrow When the War Began. It has been a couple of months since the invasion of Australia and the group of committed teenagers decide that they've had enough of sitting around waiting for something to happen and instead band together to change their dire situation.

The Dead of the Night contains many of the familiar elements we came across in the first book - action, adventure, survival, and a little r
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Cass -  Words on Paper
4.5/5

What John Marsden does really well is create an action-packed story that also has heaps of depth sprinkled in between. The character development is just phenomenal--you really get to know the gang inside and out, and their relationships are realistic and drawn out. In the second book of the series, they find out what happened to Corrie and Kevin; encounter a group of adult survivors; burn some more things; and cope with the effects of war. As they see their hometown being colonised, they wi
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Jessica

**check out my review for Tomorrow, When the War Began for my take on the series as a whole**

This book started off slowly, almost too slowly after the shocking finale of Tomorrow. I was about to get worried, and then BAM it knocked me on the ground and punched me in the face.

This book is a life-ruiner. You thought Tomorrow was shocking? Yeah right. This book begins to really dig into the major effects the war is having on these kids. Innocence is gone. Everything from the introduction of “Harve
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Nicole
This is an EXTREMELY BRIEF and VERY DISORGANIZED review because I have to get back to reading the third book now or I'll do something dramatic, like die. And I'm dashing it out on my phone, which makes for clumsy typing.

I felt like the start of the book was a bit slow, as with the first, but once the action picked up? Wow. Book Two picks up shortly after Tomorrow left off, and I finished it in about a day and a half--and that is with working all weekend. Ellie was more likable to me, though stil
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Luke
This second instalment in the popular Australian YA series is everything a sequel should be. The characters more focused, the danger heightened, and the plot twists just as interesting. Like the first in the series, I read this in one sitting and can't wait to start book three, luckily which I have already bought.

This entry is very similar in plot to the first entry, with the kids sizing up and taking down a target within the invaders base, but this time we get to hear a little more about who t
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Sarah O'toole
Title: The dead of the night
Genre: action, drama
Audience: 12+
Themes: friendship, war, trust
Language: someone telling their story (narrator) majority of the story is in 1st person
Author: John Marsden


The novel The dead of the night, the sequel of tomorrow when the war began, written by John Marsden. Its a very well written story as it has a lot of suspense, which kept me on edge and interested through out. The book really appealed to me a lot because I have read the Tomorrow when the war began and
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The Book Review Library
I have to say, after being a bit dissapointed with the first book, I wasn't expecting this to be any better. When I started the book, I was glad to find that the start wasn't nearly as slow, even being a bit tense in some parts as the characters sneaked around the enemy solidiers.

There were more exciting parts in this compared to the other book, but I still found it slow paced and lacking in the action I was expecting. As with the first book, plenty of the story was spend describing the characte
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Martin lyon
I decided to read this book because I read the first book in the series and thought it was really good.In this book Ellie goes exporing and finds a camping ground full of people who are on their side.The people in the camping site are actually doing nothing to stop the oppsite side. then the oppsite side destroys there camp and starts killing people. That was my favorite part in the book.This book completes the own choice on my bingo bord beause theres nothing else that goes with it. I found Chr ...more
Luisa
The dead of night is a book that sense the beginning you will see how the book will be. There is two big words on the book that are ignorance and arrogance to all the people no matter what they are or who they are. It tells how 6 teenagers are in war and experiment ignorance and arrogance and see how the buildings, roads and cars fell into pieces and how does humanity does not care about the children they only wanted to fight and win. These 6 teenagers understood war and start looking as it from ...more
Stevecrandell
Ellie and her four teenage friends are forced to take immediate action after their country is overrun by a hostile army. And the guerrilla tactics are much more cold-blooded in this sequel to “Tomorrow, When the War Began.”

There’s still a lot of issues to consider, however. Ellie is always thinking about the group’s moral values, even while she plots to blow up an entire block of homes. Her matter-of-fact actions and decisions seem more realistic now, but it’s not a life I would wish upon anyon
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
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The Dead of Night is the second installment in the Tomorrow series, in which Australia is invaded by an unknown foreign enemy. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book Tomorrow, When The War Begun, but this one fell flat for me. It didn't have the same tough, rebellious feel but more so an insight into the group, their emotions and relationships. It explores how far each will go to keep themselves safe and protect their country and how to hold onto their humani
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Montana
this book is the second one in the sirece in this one the group of freind grab food and move back to the mountain ("hell"). this is there new home because of the invaders. every so often they leave for suplise but other than that the dont leave. they are trying for a resue mision to save there familys. i would recomend this book for peole who like mysterys, suspence, and a long good sirece.
Brodief
I decided to read the book "The Dead of the Night" by John Marsden because I have seen the movie of the first book in the series and really loved it. The category on the bingo board that this book fits into is own choice. The character I found most interesting was Homer because I like his sense of humour and his funny sarcasim. My favourite/most interesting quote from the book was "Chris's notebooks were so different to mine. His were more creative; all kinds of jottings and ideas and poems and ...more
Semira
First time reading. Impressed with how seamlessly it moved on from the first book. The voice is still there and strong. I cried at the end, and am about to pick up the 3rd one straight away.
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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)
  • A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3)
  • Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4)
  • Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow, #5)
  • The Night is For Hunting (Tomorrow, #6)
  • The Other Side of Dawn (Tomorrow, #7)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1) A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3) Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4) Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow, #5) The Night is For Hunting (Tomorrow, #6)

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