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The Dead of Night

(Tomorrow #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  20,227 ratings  ·  702 reviews
A few months after the first fighter jets landed in their own backyard, Ellie and her five terrified but defiant friends struggle to survive amid a baffling conflict. Their families are unreachable; the mountains are now their home. When two of them fall behind enemy lines, Ellie knows what must happen next: a rescue mission. Homer, the strongest and most unpredictable amo ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Scholastic (first published 1994)
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Kylie D
The compelling second installment in John Marsden's Tomorrow series sees our protagonists growing up far too quickly as they continue to fight the enemy. They should be hanging out in shopping malls, going to the movies and dodging homework, however our friends here are blowing things up and trying to hide, trying to survive, and it's taking it's toll.

Another quick, unputdownable read that I highly recommend. This series should be read by teenagers everywhere.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Alice (Married To Books)
I read the first book in this series over a month ago, and really liked how Hunger Games reminiscent it was. This book is the second in the Tomorrrow series and continues on from the closing events of book one. The series summary follows a group of young people who go out camping in the Australian outback, return to their hometown to find all of their homes and livelihoods completely ransacked and having to survive on their own. Some of the events that take place in both books one and two are qu ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Ryan Buckby
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First Read: February 6th 2010
Re-read: February 27th 2018, September 16th 2020

The second novel of the Tomorrow series written by John Marsden, it continues and picks up right where the first book ended. In the wake of losing Corrie and Kevin, and not knowing how either of them are faring in enemy territory, the group's morale deteriorates. Homer suggests the group attempt to track down Corrie and Kevin. They release a smoke bomb into the hospital and investigate during the evacuation. They di
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
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this second instalment in the Tomorrow series. I will admit, both books have been incredibly difficult to get into. I find myself bored and uninterested until about 50-100 pages into it, and then I cannot put them down. That's about the only flaw I can give these books.

This was raw and real, I loved the way things are unfolding and the new things that happened in this book. I like the discussions about heroes, villains, and humanity. I really enjoyed that these teenagers are stil
Plot summary: Following the invasion of Australia, Ellie and her friends are back in their secret valley, Hell, and dealing with the loss they suffered at the end of Tomorrow, When the War Began. But they can't stay in Hell forever. As colonists start to arrive in the Wirrawee area, they decide to take action. They're still not giving in without a fight.

Thoughts: As with Tomorrow, When the War Began, it's been years and years since I read this. I liked it. A lot. But it's never really stuck wit
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, apocalyptic
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
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 10, 2013 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.
Siobhan Ward
I’m really liking this series. I hope it continues to be as good as it is now. I’m enjoying the characters a lot - I think this series really would have impacted me had I read it as a teenager, so I’m pretty happy to be reading it as an adult.

Creepy, heartbreaking and interesting. Excited to keep reading through the series!
David Sarkies
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Slow and Soppy
9 February 2019

This is the second in the Tomorrow series and begins something like six weeks after their successful attack against this unknown and unnamed enemy (and it remains at that, namely because Marsden isn’t going out of his way to make enemies). Of course, it pretty much sounds as if this particular enemy is most likely China, and while Indonesia did cross my mind in part, I’m not sure if that particular country is able to launch a full scale invasion of Australia (though
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 N
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
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this was a great sequel to the first book and I really love where things are going... but I'm also worried that apparently my knowledge of these books [from when I was a kid] appears to mostly end with this book, because I swear most of the things I remember go up until the end of this one with a few exceptions such as (note: this spoiler tag may spoil later books) (view spoiler) ...more
Lukas Anthony
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ash Zeptner
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Gabrielle Matthews
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was a bit disappointed by this book. I went in on such a high after loving the first one, but honestly NOTHING happened in this book. It was so painfully slow, and heavily character driven which I can understand but it kind of felt like a filler book to me. I wanted more action and less teen angst. Not sure if I'll be continuing the series.
Cecilia H.
Spot on 5/5 stars
This series is so good and told is such a splendid way. It's very hard to put the book down because you want to know what happens on the next page, in the next chapter and on the last page. Not to mention the next book! Ellie and the gang have become my dear friends and I can't wait to see them wreck some havoc again in the third book.
If you haven't picked up this series yet, I 110% recommend you do!
Jack Adams
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this series when I was at school originally and have always liked it.
Revisiting it now, being older, I appreciate it a little more. Its by no stretch literary genius. It does fit nicely into the “easy-to-read” category. I can somewhat connect with characters. Put myself in the scenario and for those reasons I enjoy it.
There are down sides. Such as glaring coincidences and things that just wouldn’t happen. But you have to talk your mind out of that and just enjoy it.

Gotta enjoy the littl
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second in the Tomorrow trilogy did not disappoint. The action continues. The characters develop. More enemies appear. Sometimes I find book 2 of any series to be dull, but this one kept the pace. Carry on with your Aussie talk and dystopian teenage love stories.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Actually pretty good, a little bit of second book itis but the filler was entertaining. Quick, easy read and loving the development of all the characters.
Teagan Cook
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I can tell I would’ve loved this series as a child! Just wish I read it earlier
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There is more than one author with this name in the database, see f.e. 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

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)
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