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A Killing Frost by John Marsden
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Jun 06, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: kickass-heroines, young-adult, battles-wars-and-killers
Read in May, 2012

The third installment of the Tomorrow When The War Began series is quite frankly badass. Ellie and the gang have done some damage in Wirawee, but now they are setting their sights on a bigger target, they are willing to take more risks because of their success. The only question is, will they be able to pull off their biggest attack yet? And if they do, what will be the consequences.
They have shot others and been shot. They are now being hunted. Blowing up the major houses in Wirawee was a dangerous target, and the pressure is on for the group. They decide that they have done all that they can in Wirawee for the time being, and that their next target is Cobbler's Bay. The bay is a major post for the enemy and they know that it will be a major setback if it gets destroyed. As per usual, they aren't sure what their plan will be until they get close and find inspiration, but they are determined to do it. Along the way, they find new hope and experience tragic circumstances. They fear for their lives more than they ever have before, and also for their mental health.
One of the things that I love about John Marsden is how real the characters feel. They are all deeply affected by what they have seen and what they have done, but they each possess an incrideble strength that helps them to push through. None of them are perfect, and they recognize this and find faults within another, but at the end of the day, they would die for each other, and that is what holds them together and gives them an edge over the enemy. They have something so powerful to fight for. They aren't taking orders, they are doing what they know is right, and fighting for love of their friends, for love of their family, and for hope of a better future in their country.

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