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The Dead of Night – by John Marsden

September 15, 2011

The Dead of NightI am struggling with a decision here. Would I rather devour these books as quickly as possible or force myself to space them out a little and make them last longer? I’m leaning toward the latter, but it’s going to be difficult. I’ve fallen hard for this series and, while I don’t ever want it to end, I’m also eager to continue with the next book.

At the beginning of this, the second volume of Marsden’s Tomorrow series, Ellie and her friends are in a bit of a depression after the departure of Corrie and Kevin and nearly everyone is mad at Ellie because of her detailed account of their initial adventures (i.e. the first book). Which—why did you write all those personal thoughts if you knew they were all going to read it?! Anyway, they come up with three objectives: do some more damage to the enemy, find some other free people, and try to rescue Corrie and Kevin.

Everything seems to get more serious in this book: the violence, the romance, and the repercussions. What I love about it is how thoughtful it is. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of action and explosions and what not, and that’s great, but there is also a lot of reflection, which is very powerful as well. Even when the characters have downtime and there’s not a lot of action, the story moves easily along. It’s never boring. It’s tense, exciting, drama-filled, heart-felt, surprising, and occasionally devastating. If you haven’t read the first book, check out my review here.

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