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The Dead of Night by John Marsden
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Jul 25, 11

bookshelves: 5-star, read-in-2011, teen-ya-dystopian
Read from July 22 to 24, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

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 book. Corrie and Kevin's location is unknown to the remaining six teenagers, and their decision to hide out in Hell for a while means that when they do re-emerge the world has changed once more. The invasion is becoming more complete, and the teens come across the first free adults they have seen since the war began with devastating results.

While the first book showed the shock of the attack, this shows the characters beginning to come to terms with it. The author manages to keep the characters unique in the way they adjust to their new lives. Homer and Lee show the biggest changes in becoming able to do things they never could have thought themselves capable of in order to protect what little they have left. Chris's adjustment is sadder as he begins to spiral into alcohol addiction, separating himself from the rest of the group.

The romance, although I hesitate to call it that, between Ellie and Lee continues on in this book but is generally kept in the background. If you are looking for in depth romance, this isn't your book as it focuses mostly on the war that is going on.

All in all, this was an awesome read and I can't wait to get stuck into The Third Day, the Frost.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 8/10

Overall: 47/50
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