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The author of the book: John Marsden
Date of issue: 1998
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Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.36 MB
Edition: Pan MacMillan Australia

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Plot summary: Following the tragic end of The Dead of the Night, Ellie and her friends are back in Hell. It's now six months since the invasion, and they decide that they should head for Cobbler's Bay and see if they can do some damage there. The journey to Cobbler's Bay brings an unexpected reunion, and a fairly spectacular plan.

Thoughts: This is the book in the series that broke my heart the most when I was a kid. This is the one that teaches you - much like Deathly Hallows does - that war is not without casualties. While there have been injuries and casualties in the past, it was the end of this book in particular that has stuck with me for 17 years. The end comes so quickly that I can remember clearly reading the last chapter over and over again in order to process what happens.

It's this book that brings face-to-face contact with the invaders, contact with an antagonist from a previous book, and contact with the wider world. It demonstrates that war can be weeks of mind-numbing boredom followed by bursts of more fear and nerves and explosiveness than one person should have to cope with. It's a powerful story, bringing change to the characters faster and more dramatically than in the previous books.

The series had the potential to be a trilogy. I'm still grateful Marsden didn't end it with this book. Because I'm not sure 12 year old me or 29 year old me could have coped with that at all.

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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, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times in Australia. The first sequel of a new series of books featuring Ellie Linton from the Tomorrow series (The Ellie Chronicles) was published in 2003, with the second novel and third novels released in November 2005 and November 2006 respectively.


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