Monday, 11 June 2012
The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow #7
Type: Young Adult Action/Adventure
It's been a little over a year since Ellie and her friends returned from their camping trip in Hell to find their country had been invaded and their families captured. The original group of eight has been reduced to five, and they've gained a group of rescued orphans. Now the New Zealand troops are preparing their final assault, and Ellie and her friends are about to be called into action for one final time.
This is the seventh and final book in the incredible Tomorrow series (after Tomorrow When the War Began, The Dead of Night, The Third Day, the Frost, Darkness Be My Friend, Burning for Revenge and The Night Is for Hunting) and it wasn't really what I expected.
Reading the blurb and other reviews I thought this book would be a series of fairly random attacks where all the main characters were involved. Without including any spoilers, all I will say is that the story took some totally unexpected twists and turns. It was an incredible journey that kept me glued to the page. Knowing that the series and the war would be ending in this book, but not knowing how or whether the characters would survive made it unputdownable.
The ending is fitting to the series, and I'm really glad there wasn't a movie style perfect happy ending where everything is tied up in a neat little bow. At the end of the day the characters have been through an incredible amount so to make everything all better again not only would have been unrealistic, but also would have devalued the previous books.
All in all this was a great conclusion to an amazing series that I thoroughly recommend to anyone who likes dystopian novels and/or action packed stories.