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The Other Side Of Dawn (Tomorrow #7)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,602 Ratings  ·  314 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
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2002 by Hmh Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library
The final book in the Tomorrow When the War Began series starts with a bang as the New Zealanders fly in a bomb expert to load up the kids and prepare them for D-Day. The kinds take out an enemy squadron that is moving way too close to Hell, then abandon their home in favour of the one final big push. Then Ellie is separated from her friends and lives out the last days of the war as a prisoner.

I really missed Homer, Fi, Kevin, Lee and Gav
Jan 26, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Kirsti (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
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
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Jen Book Nook
This was such a great end to a fantastic series. While I may not have liked everything about it, overall this series was absolutely amazing. The books were incredibly fast-paced, action packed and so believable.

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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.
May 31, 2009 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
I have mixed feelings about the final book. It was action-packed, which I should have loved, but I just didn't feel invested. I didn't like how Ellie got split up from the others for half the book. Looking back, I think that's why it felt so weird to read and where it fell flat for me. This series is what it is because of the gang and how they work as a team. It's not to say I don't love Ellie because I do, but it's pretty much always been them all together, never just Ellie on her own. Consider ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great conclusion to a great series! I sped through this series in half the month of June (partly because I'm on a free Kindleunlimited trial, partly I need more to do during the summer) and loved it. Some (dare I say many) of the books on KU don't seem worth the read but the Tomorrow series is not one of them.
I would definitely recommend to friends. The characters are relatable and their actions are not without consequences (I've never been in a war so I have no idea if these are reasonable con
Mar 06, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, war, reviewed
I'm making this a bit of an overall review of the series, as I find it hard to separately review books that form a continuous story the way these do, so this review will probably be a general overview of how I felt about them.

I've been wanting to re-read this series for a while, because I remember being obsessed with the books as a kid--I must've read them two or three times within a few years. About a decade later, I still think they're fantastic. They're action-packed, but not devoid of intros
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)
Oct 05, 2013 Carole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 01, 2013 William Ristau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2010 Mr.G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2013 Leighton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 04, 2015 Grey Berry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 23, 2015 Semira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Edwin Kort
Sep 26, 2015 Edwin Kort rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 18, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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
Jun 22, 2014 Ryan Buckby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kirsty Wenn
Sep 26, 2015 Kirsty Wenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant series! Highly recommend these books!
Nov 16, 2013 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to wait a few months for this to be released in the UK so I'd slightly lost the momentum of the series when I started, but once I got into it, Marsden got me hooked. For twenty four hours half of my mind was going about my daily life and the other half was in engaged in Australian guerilla warfare. It might not be the ending you want the series to have but it's probably the ending the series needs and overall I thought it was a good culmination to a great series.
Jul 01, 2015 Javier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi relación con la saga ''Tomorrow'' ha sido un tanto extraña: primero vi la película, que me gustó mucho, y después leí los tres primeros libros, que me gustaron mucho. Sin embargo, por alguna razón, hace un año paré tras leer el tercero. Este año, por alguna razón, mi mente ha decidido que era el momento de acabarla. Y que final.
El problema que tuve con los primeros libros es que todos siguen una estructura que es básicamente igual, lo que hacía que fueran muy predecibles, e incluso algo pesad
Dec 07, 2015 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conclusion of the Tomorrow series is fully of action set pieces and closure for our pack of war torn teens. Ellie and her crew are met by a kiwi facilitator who provides them with the tools they will need to turn their mischief up to 11.

I enjoyed seeing how the tale wound down, but I also get the sense that the author was hesitant to inject real grit into the story that could have made it that much better. Perhaps it is due to the YA target audience that the atrocities that Ellie is exposed
Brad Mathieson
Dec 03, 2012 Brad Mathieson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
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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)
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