Title: The Other Side of Dawn (Book 7, The Tomorrow Series)
Author: John Marsden
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my own library
First line: The noise of a helicopter at night fills the whole world.
Spoiler alert: While this review will not contain spoilers of The Other Side of Dawn, it will contain spoilers for the previous six books in the series, so if you’re planning to read them and haven’t yet, you might want to skip it.
The final book in Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began series opens with the Ellie, Homer, Lee, Fiona, and Kevin awaiting a mysterious 24-hour guest Colonel Finley is sending from New Zealand. The guest turns out to be a member of the special forces there to give them arms and ammunition. He instructs them to step up their sabotage because the war has reached a crucial stage and preparations are being made for a D-day invasion. The team makes plans to attack a fueling station, and things go horribly wrong.
Ellie gets separated from the rest of the team, and doesn’t know whether they are alive or not. It is at this point that the emotional toil the war has taken becomes very obvious, and Ellie begins to wonder if she’ll survive the war at all.
What an emotional read! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how it ended, but I also wanted to savor it, knowing that it was the final book in the series. I don’t want to give anything away, but I think Marsden ended the series with hopeful realism. I will definitely be buying the follow-up trilogy, The Ellie Chronicles soon – hopefully in time for summer reading.