The Dead of the Night - Review
As it has been quite a while since I've read this book in the series, I thought I should read it to continue on from the first book in the series, Tomorrow, When the War Began. I would have to say that doing so helped a great deal in my enjoyment of this book.
Probably one of the things that I would disagree on with other people who have read this book is how the story develops in this novel. Although there seems to be more things happening, it doesn't really seem to have the same impact as the story told in the first book in the series.
This may be due in part to the fact that this book is the second in the series and significant events have already occurred before this story begins.
As most of the characters from the first book are present in this novel, there is obviously not as much emphasis on establishing characters (Major Harvey is a notable exception). This allows the book to concentrate on the development of the existing characters and take them in new directions, such as showing a side of them that was not known before.
As with all the books in the series, Ellie provides the 'voice' of the novel, which allows the story to be told from her perspective. Her reactions to the other characters and situations allow the story to progress more naturally.
I believe the situations that transpire in the book are expressed very well. This especially contrasts with the first book in the series, as the characters do not always have things go their own way, and it is their reactions to these failures that make the situations more realistic.
In particular, the situation where the group meets up with Harvey's Heroes, a group of people from a small town named Risdon, and what subsequently happened to the group is particularly well done.
The language used in this book does seem to stand up a bit more when compared to the first book. This may be due to the already established characters and settings.
All in all I would say that this book is a solid edition to the series and is a good book in it's own right, although it is beneficial to have read the first book in the series beforehand.