Book Review: The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden

Title: The Other Side of Dawn (Book 7, The Tomorrow Series)
Author: John Marsden
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
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.

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11 Responses to Book Review: The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden

  1. My husband started this series, but never felt compelled to continue with it. I guess I should read his book to see if I like it.

  2. Debbie
    Twitter: debworldofbooks
    says:

    Yikes! I have book 1 in the series and didn’t realize how long the series was. I better get cracking :)
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Waiting on Wednesday- Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Debbie – it’s a good thing that the series is so long – cause they’re so good!

  3. Kailana says:

    I really need to read more in this series. I still have only read book 1… Maybe the library will buy book 2 instead of trying to get it through ILL again!
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..The Read-a-thon is here! =-.

  4. Michelle says:

    Man you’re blowing right through these books! I’ve got to, got to, got to get to book #4! LOL
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Meg Cabot – Being Nikki =-.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I have read book 1 and 2. Likely I will continue on in the series, so I skipped your review. The first two books had me captivated!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Read-a-long: Wolf Hall =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Stephanie – he really has done a marvelous job of combining action with real emotional depth. Not easy, but he’s done it.

  6. mitchell crowther says:

    this is the best book series i have ever read. i never really have been into reading but this book grabbed my attention n would not let me go till i had finished it. i read the series in 7 days which is a good effort for me. now im hooked on reading these sort of action books but am having a really hard time trying to find more like it. any ideas anyone