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The Dead of Night by John Marsden
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Feb 09, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction, mystery-thriller, youth, australia, series, young-adult, middle-grades
Read from March 01 to 05, 2012

This is a wonderful series that continues to intrigue me. Even though this is more of an "interim" book, Marsden continues to build on the characters of the young Australians who find themsevles among the few not rounded up and interred when their country is invaded by an unnamed nation. While it would be easy to take pot shots at the plot (that could never happen in real life!), it's much easier to go with the flow and accept it. The kids continue to stage raids to try to inflict some harm on the enemy, which brings them into contact with another group of resistance fighters. What's interesting is how much the teens want to hand over responsibility to the adults, only to find that may not be the best thing to do. They also manage to infiltrate the hospital where their friend Corrie was taken in the last book after being shot. There are instances where the teens are forced literally to kill or be killed, and then they have to deal with the feelings that come from knowing what they're capable of. And the romances between various members of the group continue. So I'm very much looking forward to the next book.

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