Book Review: A Killing Frost (The Tomorrow Series #3) by John Marsden

killingfrostTitle: A Killing Frost (The Tomorrow Series #3)
Author: John Marsden
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library
First line: Sometimes I think I’d rather be frightened than bored.

A Killing Frost is the third book in John Marsden’s Tomorrow series of dystopian fiction, following Tomorrow, When the War Began and The Dead of Night. (The links will take you to my reviews.)

Spoiler alert: There is no way to review this book without giving away plot details from books one and two. Consider yourself warned. 🙂

Ellie, Homer, Fiona, Robyn, and Lee are back in Hell, laying low as the enemy planes continue to look for them after their successful bombing of some homes being used as enemy headquarters. When things calm down, they decide that it’s time for another mission, another attempt to undermine the troops that have taken over their country and imprisoned their families.

After coming across their friend Kevin as part of a forced labor party, they embark on an ambitious rescue mission. When Kevin informs them that he knows a bit about explosives, they come up with an ambitious mission to attack Cobbler’s Bay, one of the main ports being used by the enemy. This will be their biggest – and most dangerous – mission yet, and will cost them more than they can even imagine.

I’ve already talked about what I love so much about this series in my previous reviews: Marsden does a wonderful job of writing a terrific story that keeps you turning the pages, as well as creating completely believable characters. The characters in these books are teenagers put in the most extreme of circumstances, and Marsden pulls no punches about how war changes people. What I love most of all, though, is the character of Ellie – she is our brutally honest narrator and the one who has been charged with chronicling the group’s story.

After finishing this book, I clicked onto the library’s web site to put book four on hold, only to discover that they don’t have the rest of the series! I put in an inter-library loan request, but it will take a while to get it.

As I was clicking through some links to write this review, I discovered that a film version of the first book in the series is in the works – being filmed now, with a release expected sometime in 2010.

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7 Responses to Book Review: A Killing Frost (The Tomorrow Series #3) by John Marsden

  1. Kathy says:

    I think my son would like this series – I’m going to send him this link.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies – Day 6 =-.

  2. Fiona Robyn says:

    Hello Carrie – I hope you don’t mind me dropping by. I’m a British author and a fellow Bookblogs member and my next novel, Thaw, will be published online next year after its physical publication. I wanted to invite you (and your readers) to participate in my Blogsplash – there’s more information at Thanks for listening!
    .-= Fiona Robyn´s last blog ..Our business in living (according to John Cage) and bendiness =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Fiona – thanks for stopping by – I will post about your Blogsplash in my Saturday links post. 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    I just finished this book a few weeks ago myself and continue to enjoy the series. I actually purchased all of the books, well minus book six which is for some reason unavailable on EVERY site in the world. I also got the three books of the Ellie Chronicles, LOL.

    You might try audio for them, I got book six through
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – November 22 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I did listen to the first one on audio and loved it – but my library doesn’t have any more on audio or on Overdrive. I don’t have an audible membership – can you just get one book? or do you have to be a member?

  4. Great review. I have included a link to your review in a post title Aussie Author in Focus – John Marsden. I’m writing an Aussie Author in Focus Series of posts in support of the Aussie Author Reading Challenge I’m hosting at Booklover Book Reviews.
    .-= Booklover Book Reviews´s last blog ..AUSSIE AUTHOR IN FOCUS – John Marsden =-.