Monday, July 15, 2013

review: THE OTHER SIDE OF DAWN by John Marsden

THE OTHER SIDE OF DAWN by John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow #7
Scholastic (US)
Released: 1999
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 336

Rating: Loved it!

A NEW DAY IS NEAR.

Since their worn was invaded by enemy soldiers and transformed into a war zone, Ellie and her four surviving friends have been fighting for their lives. One year later, a resolution may finally be in sight. But as enemy forces close in on her hideout, Ellie discovers that the final bttle may be the most dangerous yet. And not every soldier is fated to see the end of every conflict.

There are no more hiding places left in this exhilarating conclusion to Ellie's struggle for freedom, dignity, and, above all, a sense of peace.

My Thoughts

After all these years, I think I've finally nailed down why I love Ellie so much. Yes, she's a strong character - that's easy enough to see. But the type of strong characters that I tend to read about are ones with some sort of hidden paranormal ability, and in their time of need they dig deep and discover how to harness that ability. Marsden's story, however, is disconcertingly realistic, and Ellie's only option in her time of need - war - is to dig down into some reserve well of inner strength and continue to plow through to the end. She is strong through no other power than her own will - and, at least to me, that makes her stronger than any character in a paranormal book.

Grade: A+

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