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The Other Side of Dawn (1999)

by John Marsden

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Ellie and her friends, five Australian teenagers who survived the enemy invasion of their country, use guerrilla tactics to support a major counterattack by New Zealand troops.
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I have really, really enjoyed this series. Sometimes it was a bit over the top, but still very intriguing and well written. I'd recommend it to any young adult who enjoys a page-turning adventure.
After this book, I thought I was done with Ellie and her friends, but there is another series--a trilogy about Ellie after the war. I will have to find those books and get them read. ( )
  RobertaLea | Jul 22, 2021 |
I finished this a week ago and have held off reviewing until now so I could be comfortable with rating. The more I reflect on the final book in this series the more I find myself dissapointed in what could have been.

The decision to seperate Ellie from her friends right up until the end really didn't give the readers a chance to properly say goodbye to anyone but Ellie. I can't help but think the majority of what happened in Book 7 could have easily replaced the rather uneventful and inconsequential Book 6. This would have left Book 7 free to really dig into the character relationships, the logistics of the ending of the war, and exploring what the further holds for all the characters. As it stands it didn't feel like justice was done to the relationships we have watched develop over the course of this 7 book series.

Despite the action pieces and world exploration in this book it somehow anticlimactic. Although I wonder if that was entirely unavoidable after many books of non stop action and suspense. ( )
  mackinsquash | Aug 15, 2020 |
These books are nigh on impossible to put down. So addictive. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Ellen komt in de gevangenis-ziekenhuis terecht, waar ze onder bescherming komt te staan van een hooggeplaatste officier.Na enige tijd houdt zij het niet meer uit in het ziekenhuis en wordt overgeplaatst naar Kamp 23, waar de mensen zitten waar de bezetter niet zo goed raad mee weet. Hier verblijft ze onder een schuilnaam, omdat ze bang is dat ze als haar echte naam bekend wordt, geëxecuteerd zal worden. Helaas lekt haar echte naam toch uit en is ze haar leven niet meer zeker. Met behulp van een dokter weet Ellen te ontsnappen en na een lange tocht in het plaatsje te komen waar haar moeder nu gedwongen woont.
Juist op dat moment blijkt dat de oorlog over is en dat de bezetter zich heeft over gegeven.

Daarna wordt het moeilijk voor Ellen. Zij gelooft dat haar vrienden allemaal dood zijn, en dat zij de enige is van het 8-tal dat ooit, zo lang geleden, is wezen kamper in 'The Hell'. Gelukkig blijken Homer, Kevin, Lee, Fi en zelfs Gavin het overleefd te hebben.

De oorlog was nu voorbij, maar er zal het nodige gaan veranderen in de toekomst. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden is the seventh and final book in his Tomorrow Series. I’ve been reading this series slowly over the last few years and I am going to miss it, as I have become very attached to the characters but at the same time it was time to end the war and wrap the series up before it got to repetitive. Luckily, the author has published a trilogy that continues the story of the main character, Ellie.

The series has followed a group of Australian teenagers who became resistance fighters when their country was invaded while they were on a camping trip. It is now the final days of the war and the United Nations and other countries have come to Australia’s aid. This group has been asked to cause as much trouble as they can in order to disrupt the enemy and while causing an explosion at a fuel depot, Ellie becomes separated from the group. She must now move forward toward the end of the war alone, not knowing what happened to her friends.

I thought the author gave the series a realistic yet hopeful ending, things do not go back to the way they were. Many people have been killed and even more have been damaged. The war has brought changes and now Ellie must find her way in a new world. The Other Side of Dawn is the closing of a series about courage, friendship and survival. I now look forward to the trilogy that is about Ellie and her life after the war. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 8, 2019 |
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