Title: A Killing Frost (The Tomorrow Series #3)
Author: John Marsden
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
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.
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.