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The Other Side of Dawn - Review


And so we come to the final instalment of the Tomorrow Series, a series I believe is one of the best in Australian Literature.

Some people may disagree with me, but I think the story is excellent in this novel. It's a big ask to try and tie all the threads of the series in just one book, but I believe it is accomplished very well.

As with the previous books in the series, the story quite often goes in directions you would not expect, which helps make it more interesting.

The characters in the novel are also intriguing. The regulars are there of course, but there are also two interesting minor characters in the form of Ryan and Colonel Long as well as the reintroduction of some people that the main characters have been looking forward to seeing since the beginning of the war.

As in the third book in the series, the focus returns solely to Ellie when she is again separated from her friends during an attack. This also allows the opportunity for more characters to be introduced in the form of prisoners in Camp 23.

As it is the final book in the series, there seems to be more situations shown in this novel than the other books in the series.

In my mind, the situations that are handled the best are Ellie's imprisonment in Camp 23 and the final sequences in the book.

As with the previous books in the series, the language in this novel is very dark. This is particularly evident during the events at the start of the novel and Ellie's time in Camp 23.

Towards the end of the book however, the language does seem to lighten as the threads of the story are bought to a conclusion, but there is still a darkness underneath, as if everything will not be the same as it was before the war.

Well, after seven weeks of on and off reading, I've been through the entire Tomorrow Series once again and I am glad to have done so.

As I said before, there are some people that were disappointed with this instalment in the series. I wasn't among them though, as I thought that this novel bought the series to a conclusion perfectly.

Although the author has moved on to other things, it would be good to hear how the surviving characters get on in the years after the events in the novels. An exercise for the reader perhaps?

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