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“A wonderful action filled young adult novel. I highly recommend the whole series to any reluctant reader, or teen interested in stories set during a war.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I have finished this book. I think it had a lot of the things from the previous book that i liked, such as suspenseful moments that leave you on the edge of your seat. It seems that there will be one big explosion every book as well, which I guess is a plus. I felt like that development in the characters came a long way and you can tell by the way they interact with each other and their enemies. You can see they way the whole plot is affecting them. The choices they make feel important, and they show real emotions. It makes them seem more real and you can connect to them. Sometimes two characters are arguing and you aren't even sure of the right thing to do in the situation. These situations and choices make the book come alive and are the shining moments. ”Wyatt T. wrote this review Saturday, November 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ellie and her friends are hanging out in Hell. Mourning the loss of Kevin and Corrie. Praying to god that they're all alright. After a few months they get tired of waiting they decide to find out for themselves. Will they be able to find their friends?”Rachel H wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My home boy B bennetts only book on his shelf”Conor Regan wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is a good read so far.”B Bennett wrote this review Monday, August 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“'The Dead of Night' is a great follow up from 'Tomorrow When the War Began'. It never gets boring and is a book that can't be put down!”Rachael Earl wrote this review Tuesday, July 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great Series. AmAZEBALLS”willbevan wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I have just started reading this book and so far it looks very promising. The trransition from the last one to it was very smooth and it is easy to understand even if you haven't read the first book. The author did a great job in using strong text which creates vivid images of scenes in the readers minds. So far Homer continued to show his skills as a leader. He motivated them to get back on their feet and brought the group back together. He also came up with the plan to save Corrie and Kevin which excited the group. Even though Homer is a great leader he still makes mistakes. When the gaurd came out of the door and Homer threw something at him he could have been shot on the spot. It was a very dumb move for him to make and his lose would have damaged his team greatly. Ellie seems to be very connected with her writing. I think it is a good way for her to express herself especially after seeing how bad Corrie is and hearing about how they beat up Kevin. She has done a good job in not being ditracted by everything going on with Lee but instead focused on saving the others. In the near future i predict that Homer will crack or be kidnapped and someone else will have to take his role. I also predict that Ellie will let her emotions take over her and make her do something that she will regret
So far the author has done a great job in keeping the readers interested. He did a good job in using foreshadowing and pivitol moments. I predict that later on in the book though power will shift. Homer is continuesly failling the team as a leader and isnt being honest. He lied and kept the shotgun when they agreed to abolish all weapons. This shocked the group and I think made them think twice about him. The way Ellie talks about Robyn makes me believe that Robyn will become the new leader because shes brave, wise and willling. A event which was very pivitol to me was when Homer shot the gaurds. During that moment the author did a great job in using words which created vivid imagery in my brain which made it almost seem like I was there myself. Another prediction I have for the future is that they will punish Corrie and Kevin due to the explosion of the convoy. The know that Corrie and Kevin had something to do with the bridge explosion so they will acuse them for this to.
So far In my opinion the transition from the last book to this one was very well organized and easy to understand. What I liked a lot about the book is the author chooses to get in an intense external conflict right away, which really hooks readers such as myself. Another thing I found interesting is the internal conflict of how they are all separating from each other. Ever since they found out what Ellie wrote about them there was some anger and tension which was recovering up until Homer lied to them about keeping a gun, Also Ellie finding Chris drunk caused great concern. If these trust issues continue in the future they might cause major issues and more fighting between Homer and Ellie. What I found brilliant that the author did was the role reversals in the two books. In the first book Ellie and the gang feared the soldiers and Ellie saw them as monsters. However in this book now the soldiers are afraid of Ellie and the gang and Ellie is realizing they are not all monsters. Evidence of this is on page 23 reading “ Instead of rushing heroically into the trees the soldier was bolting towards the door”, and the next page when Ellie says “ I thought soldiers were meant to be tough, fully trained professionals”. Lastly what I fear that in the future is that some members of the gang might let their emotions run them. For example I fear that because of Ellies high temper she might do or say something she regrets to either Lee or Homer. Also I fear Chris’s new personality, and I predict that further on in the book he might sacrifice a member of the gang or just dissaper.
“March 22, 2013
Review: 185-End of Book
To be honest, with the standards set by the first book, this book was somewhat of a disappointment. The story line was very slow-paced. Nothing extremely productive happened in this book. Even still, the ending of this book was nothing like I expected. I think I will still give the third book a chance because of that. I'm hoping the third won't be as much of a disappointment as this one. Nevertheless, the book had a few strong points, it was well-written,and very descriptive and well-worded. I decided that this book deserves a three stars.
March 16, 2013
Response: Pages 97-185
In this section of the book, there is somewhat of a pivotal moment. The pivotal moment I noticed was when Lee killed the dying soldier. The shock from thew other characters during this event was very well described by the author. In this situation, there isn't a border between right and wrong, which results in the characters pondering that subject numerous times. Despite Ellie having blood on her hands, she described Lee as a monster shortly after he stabbed the soldier. This just shows the difference between both murdering in "cold blood and hot blood" and committing and seeing murder.
March 7, 2013
So far "The Dead of Night" by John Marsden is keeping up with the standards set by the first book. The suspenseful parts of this book, like the part with the characters hiding in the bush, are still very well described, and well-worded. The story line is going a bit slow at this point, but will most likely soon speed, because of Ellie's sudden need of progress. The characters have also been greatly affected because of what happened to Kevin and Corrie. They are somewhat drifting apart from each other, and partly because of what Ellie wrote in the first book. Nevertheless, it seems that the characters are beginning to trust each other and learning to forgive one another, which is what they need to make what Ellie wants: progress”
“It is a very good follow up to the first book it is a at the end of your seat kinda book you will be entertained through the whole thing”August Gernentz wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A Final Review of the Book:
The book is the continuation of the Book, "Tomorrow, When the War Began". It is a Fiction book about 5 teens, in the 2nd book, that have to survive through a war over their home, but, they have the feeling to fight back and make dramatic changes.
Feb, 27, 2013
Now in the book, the teens have found a camp on the other side of Hell, where they meet Major Harvey. He is the leader of a small army camp. He runs it with Captain Killen and Mrs Hauff. The teens are then forced to joint the camp and follow commands like everyone else in the camp. Ellie, Robyn, and Fi barely talk to Homer and Lee because of the orders that Major Harvey told them, to only socialize with diverse genders in the supervised areas. But, Captain Killen forms a group to go and ambush a million dollar army tank on the side of the road. The four teens are ordered to stay behind and out of the way of "Harvey's Heros" who go to blow up the tank. The teens watch from the top of the hill and see that the tank was a trap! They yell in warning, then run for there lives. The teens loose Lee while running through the woods. But, one solider from the enemies follows Fi back to the edge of Hell. Ellie fights the soldier then knocks him unconscious with a rock. After that, Lee shows up. Seeing the unconscious soldier, he worries he might wake up. So he cold heartily, buries a knife in his chest. There has been a great number of character change throughout this section. Ellie and Lee had the greatest change in injuring and killing people to protect themselves and others.
Feb, 23, 2013
From the last chapter that I was at, not much has happened... Ellie and the others are trying to put the life back into each other. They are worried, scared, and want to do something that contributes to ending this war and saving their parents. Ellie then gets a "great" idea to go in the other direction of Hell and see what they can find. They have Chris stay behind and watch over there "home". The rest set out. The cross freezing rivers and suddenly, heard voices. The leader so far in the book has been switching between Homer and Ellie because they both have good leadership skills. But, they do always want there ways. There major argument that results in Homer and Ellie close to yelling at each other is when the teens have to decide whether to wear there boots on through the river so they don't cut there feet while stepping on the rocks, or to go barefoot so that they can have warm, dry shoes and socks. The argument then brought a little tension after a decision was made.
Feb, 16, 2013
So far in the book, the teens, other than Corrie and Kevin, have been trying to break into the hospital where MANY soliders are. They have also found out that there inside sources, (people from the first book), where wrong about how that soldiers treat the citizens of Wirrawee. The soldiers have been very abusive and rude to them, whether they were in the hospital or on the show grounds. Corrie has been treated badly even though she was shot. The other people in the hospital have been watching over her and have taken care of her mainly. She is also in a comma and hasn't woken since the doctor's checked her when she got there. Kevin on the other hand, has been beat harshly but soldiers and is captured. The teens parents at the show grounds don't have it really any better. Ellie's parents have been beat, but not too badly compared to Kevin. Same with Lee and Robyn's parents
Feb, 6, 2013
I have just ended the first chapter of the book and think that this will be an exciting book like the first one was. In the first chapter, Ellie talks about how the other teens didn't like her first book and it was to... true. Some of the teens start to change because of what Ellie wrote in the book, but Lee and Robyn are the only ones that weren't offended. Near the end of the first chapter, Ellie starts to write about how the teens start to get back on their feet as Homer begins to put the life back in their spirits! At first, the teens were lazy, worried, and were starting to get uncomfortable... But thanks to Homer, the teens have started to become a team again. ”