Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Dead of Night

Author: John Marsden
Title: The Dead of Night
Series: Tomorrow (book 2)
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 1997
Genre: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: "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 among them, is the one to take charge. While others have their doubts about his abilities, Homer has no choice but to prove them wrong - or risk losing everything to the enemy."

The Dead of Night1 was an amazing follow up to Tomorrow, When the War Began2. While they're slowly starting to crumble after the loss of both Corrie and Kevin in the last book3.

One of the things that I am finding that I love about this series is how every time they seem to be making progress some calamity happens to throw a wrench in their survival. Corrie being shot in the first book and Kevin taking her to the hospitable, their joining up with Harvey's Heroes, and the death of Chris do to his drinking and driving while he was left alone.
I absolutely loathed4 the leader of Harvey's Heroes and his 'men' only missions, while the females were stuck doing the cleaning and cooking5.
Another great thing is how their not only trying to survive and keep from getting killed or killing each other, they are still trying to be normal kids; their dealing the consequences of taking the lives of others, stealing, and yes, there is some romance between a few of the characters.
Back to Harvey's Heroes, so while trying to find another way out of Hell6 they run across HH and join up with them, at first they're relived to no longer be in charge, until they realize that HH only attack transports that have long since been abandoned, and on the first job that Ellie and them are spectators for7 they're ambushed and HH's campsite is the home of a massacre. If that weren't bad enough, after barely surviving and being back in Hell for couple weeks, the kids begin to plan their next job and after many nights of surveillance they find that Harvey has turned traitor and begin to plan his downfall.
So far the Tomorrow series is extremely hard to put down and I cannot wait to read the third book.

The Dead of Night earns 5 out 5 pineapples.

1. I got The Dead of Night from my library.
2. Tomorrow, When the War Began was an awesome read check out my review here.
3. Corrie was shot near the end of the first book.
4. I say loathed because hate is such a strong word.
5. I'd rather clean the kitchen then have to cook.
6. Hell, the name of the canyonish place that they happen to call "home".
7.  Spectators for a "dangerous" mission, something is definitely wrong with this group.


  1. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Happy blogoversary :)

  2. Thank you, Teena. I'd totally forgot that it was my blogoversary. :)

  3. 5 out of 5 is impressive. I haven't read this series but I'd better get started! Nice review!


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