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The Dead of the Night (Tomorrow #2)

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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 (Young Adult At Heart)
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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Lisa
Feb 14, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptic, owned
SPOILERFREE REVIEW (as long as you know what happens in Tomorrow, When the War Began)

Plot (the first book)
Eight teenagers go camping in the bush, when they come back, their country is invaded and war is about to break out. Now they have to fight to win back their homes.

Stuff I Want To Get Out Of My Head

Okay, first off: I have not read the first book Tomorrow When The War Began, only watched the movie (I KNOW, I KNOW)

Everyone who's read the book (or watched the movie), knows that it ends in a
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S.K. Munt
What's NOT to love about this series? Maybe I'm biased being an Aussie girl who read this and all of the others in high school and because John Marsden was the very first author who I ever had the pleasure of doing a writing workshop with (lol I was in the ninth grade and was thrilled to be forced to write two paragraphs without using the letter 'A' under his instruction) or maybe it's just because this is straight-up story telling magic…. I don't know but this is my go-to series when ever I hit ...more
Becky
Jan 22, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-picks
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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Karissa
This is the second book in the Tomorrow series Marsden, it was an okay continuation of the Tomorrow series by Marsden.

Ellie and her five friends are still struggling to survive after unknown enemies invaded their small Australian town. Two of their friends have been taken behind enemy lines and Ellie and Homer work together with the other to mount a rescue mission. They are all struggling with the larger question of how to make a difference and fight this invasion on their own terms. They are a
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Brendan Nicholls
A direct continuation of the events of the first book which means the rules of a sequel go out the window when reviewing. This is a slower much more character driven instalment, the calm before the storm so to speak. The only issue I had was with the ending which ramped up in similar fashion to the previous book. The final kick in the stomach to the audience is also similar to leaving two of their comrades behind. I really hope things get a shake up with the next book, we deserve that much.
As a
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Kaila
Sep 14, 2014 Kaila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shit dog. Not very often I like the second book in a series more than the first.
Jessi
Apr 25, 2012 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia
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
May 19, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Ash Zeptner
May 20, 2012 Ash Zeptner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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
May 06, 2014 Dina Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Riley Blue
Mar 14, 2014 Riley Blue rated it liked it  ·  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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Svenja
Ich liebe die Geschichte.
Seit über 10 Jahren schon.

Die Dynamik zwischen den Freunden ist nach wie vor wahnsinnig authentisch in der Krisensituation. Ich mag es, dass die Freunde auch kritische und selbstzweifelnde Töne anschlagen, wenn es um das Töten anderer Menschen geht. In vielen Geschichten wird das immer so als selbstverständlich gesehen.
April
Jan 26, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO INTENSE
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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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 ~ (SheReadsByMoonlight)
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
Mar 01, 2013 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, ya, war, 2013-reads
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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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
Dec 11, 2012 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
May 05, 2013 Sarah O'toole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2013 Martin lyon rated it liked it
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
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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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Tomorrow (7 books)
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