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ISBN: 2290303313
ISBN 13: 9782290303313
By: John Marsden

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Nowhere to run; one place left to hide. You're running from bullets through the streets of your own town. Your life's on the line and no-one's there to help. What's happened? When did safety turn to fear, peace turn to war, happiness turn to panic? When did your normal day become a nightmare? Ellie and her friends struggle with the biggest questions life can offer in Darkness, Be My Friend, the fourth book in the award-winning Tomorrow series.

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If you haven’t read the other books in the series, BEWARE. There will be spoilers in this review.As the story begins, Ellie and her friends, Lee, Homer, Kevin, and Fi, are enjoying a little R & R in New Zealand. After receiving some much needed medical treatment, they get to enjoy a couple of months of good food, soft beds, and even a little hero treatment. Stories are published in newspapers about all of their accomplishments. Everyone knows them.You can imagine how hard it was when they found out the New Zealand Army wanted them to return to their hometown, Wirrawee, to serve as guides for Kiwi soldiers. Ellie particularly has a hard time coming to terms with going back to war.Things move quickly as soon as the orders are issued. Ellie and the gang pack up again – this time with a dozen trained soldiers in tow. They return to Hell and set up camp. After only a few days the mission is in full swing. Ellie and Lee lead the Kiwis to town. Things go smoothly until Ellie makes a dangerous error – forcing her to retreat back to Hell and leave Lee with the soldiers to complete the assignment. Neither Lee nor the soldiers make it back to Hell. After several days, Ellie, Homer, Kevin, and Fi have to decide if they are going to look for them or call the New Zealand commander and ask to be rescued. Can you guess what they chose? Of course, they head into Wirrawee to see what happened.DARKNESS BE MY FRIEND is an important novel in the series. While in the past Ellie and her friends have been able to do some major damage to the enemy, the events in this book prove to them that they can’t always have good luck. Everything they attempt is more difficult and more dangerous. One upside to this visit to Wirrawee is the information they gather. Finally, they get word about their families and friends – giving hope to some and providing closure for others. The story ends with Ellie and her friends in a desperate situation. There aren’t many options left and there is only one place for them to hide – Hell.

Tyler Suzuki Nelson

So, I've been slacking off on these book reviews. It's been a while, so I'm just going to combine my book reviews for A Killing Frost, Darkness, Be My Friend, and Burning For Revenge.A Killing Frost is thus far my favourite book in the series. From what I can remember, I was kept in a suspenseful state the whole time I was reading the novel. That being said, it also made me cry at one point because of something that happened. I read a spoiler at one point, and expected something to happen. It did happen, but in a totally different way from how I had imagined it. In that way, it wasn't really much of a spoiler.Darkness, Be My Friend provided a twist in that many of the characters had changed personalities especially starting from this point. I can't say why without spoiling much of the story, but I thought it gave some interesting insight into each of the characters.I found Burning For Revenge to be sort of slow. Again, there was quite a bit of character development, but from what I've seen so far, nothing of significant importance (though, maybe I'm overlooking something that will become more obviously important as I progress through the plot?). However, there was another scene in this book that had me crying. This is what happens when I connect to characters in a book. *sigh*

Lars Guthrie

Marsden keeps hitting them out of the park for me in this series, which take place in a present-time Australia that has been invaded and conquered. In 'Darkness,' Marsden's teenage narrator Ellie is forced out of a sort of retirement in New Zealand after she and her friends accomplished a spectacular act of resistance in 'A Killing Frost.' Perhaps this is best, as Ellie seems at loose ends. After some self-destructive behavior at a party, she signs on to return to Australia. As with the previous three books, from this point on there's no stopping, as the reader gets involved in the interactions of Ellie's group of friends, each with very distinct personalities, and a healthy dose of suspense and action. Highly recommended.


This series is just amazingWe've watched these poor kids go from the safety of Hell (a little spot in the bush that has kept them safe when they were off camping) - and sacrificed everything to attack and try to disable parts of the invading armies resources. They finally get out after losing so much (friends, family, sanity) and now...they are going back.I think Elle losing it and writing about how hard it was is so dead on and I have so much respect for John Marsden to show Elle really struggling. I don't know how anyone could stand up to this. I also love how much each character in each book is slowly evolving. Parts of life are just becoming common place. Things that are horrifying to even think for us are just ever day life for them. and Elle is flippant while writing about it - which she should be. It's become their life and they are just struggling to be alive and stay alive.So much happens in this book, so much action, the story progressing, updates of the hostages and growth from each character.I can't wait to read the next book, but with each book, I know I'm getting closer to finishing this series. I hope for a HEA for them, but I'm sad to end the series too....bitter sweet

Rachel McCarthy

Although I loved this book, it was rather slow compared to the previous books, and I must confess I found myself guilty of skimming some chapters. I liked the ending, but it was a bit obvious from the very beginning and I wasn't surprised or shocked at all. This is one of those books that you would read on rainy day as it only takes a couple hours to complete and its got a lot of heavy monologue and less action that usual.

Emily Ward

The fourth book in the Tomorrow series, Darkness Be My Friend centers around Ellie and her friends. The book starts off in New Zealand, where the protagonists have been for a few months. They're asked to go back to Wirrawee to help with a mission to attack the air field. This series is gradually becoming slower in pace. I know some people don't like it - the first book is action packed, and by this one, there is a lot more retroflection and waiting for things to happen. But I think it's very realistic. These teenagers aren't trained soldiers, they're just teenagers who were in the right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it) place at the time of the invasion. Instead of carrying out missions every few days, they have to rest, think about what they're doing, and try very hard not to be killed. This book took me a bit longer to read than the last ones, but I'll definitely pick up the next one and eventually finish the series. I'm very involved with the characters, I want to see what happens to them.

Helder Castro

Em comparação com os primeiros três livros da serie é um pouco mais monótono.A história tem acção, mas nada corre bem, pelo que a acção é mais em volta do medo de ser apanhado do que dos planos mirabolantes, explosões e lutas!Sim, a sorte tinha que acabar, mas não era preciso tornar tudo tão aborrecido!Para além disso, não existe uma única plot twist...


As with all the Tomorrow books, there is a small gap between book three and book four, but as always, this is only a small break. Enough to take a breath, remember the previous book, and jump right back in to the story.Darkness, Be My Friend, finds the teens safe and comfortable for the first time since discovering their country had been invaded. And with that long-awaiting feeling of safety, all their emotions and reactions come spilling out. As the series is told in Ellie's perspective, much of the focus is on her own emotional reactions, although she does also speak about how her friends, and the group as a whole, are dealing with the reality of their situation now that they have time to stop and think about it.Some of the most strong reactions from Ellie in the whole series so far comes when she is told that the powers that be want her to return to the war zone she has only recently been rescued from. Her emotions feel real and powerful, and I could completely sympathise with her feelings and how torn she felt.Darkness, Be My Friend is much more of a psychologically intense book that the previous books in the series, and focuses far more on the survival of the group, rather than the explosiveness of the first three books. This change of focus allows more reflection and rethinking by Ellie - and it's obvious that her psyche has been damaged, most probably permanently, from everything she has been through.That is what I find most compelling about the Tomorrow series - the characters grow as the story progresses, but they also become much more emotionally affected - which feels natural and logical - it's great to see heroes that aren't always perfect. Darkness, Be My Friend is introspective and character driven, with enough action to keep it moving along at an intense pace.


I feel like Darkness, Be My Friend is the weakest novel so far in an otherwise excellent series. I would still recommend the series on a whole but I hope the next novels are better than this one. Some people might not have a problem with it but for me there were some issues with the plot that were so far fetched that it had a negative effect on the believability of the entire series, and I already had to stretch my imagination to begin with so that's not a good thing.Also there was a reference to an Alanis Morissette song and that's enough reason for me to lower my rating a little bit right there. I give this book three Ironic stars out of five.


this is the 4th in a YA series about a group of Aussie teens who come back from a camping trip in the outback to find that their country has been invaded and everyone else in their community has been taken prisoner. by book 4 the story is getting a little formulaic--the kids have been through hell, they attempt another act of sabotage against the enemy. but i have to keep reading all 7 to find out what finally happens in the end.


The 4th book in the tomorrow series, we continue the journey of Ellie and her friends and we see them deal with the violence and pain produced by the war. They continue to be in danger without the guidance of adults and it is an immersive and heart pounding adventure.In this book I felt that the main character Ellie did so much recount of the past (before the war) for at least a quarter of the book. I felt she got angry really quickly and had strange mood swings which is understandable in her circumstances but I somehow sensed that it was a completely different character. However, recognition of the same Ellie as in the previous books picked up half way. The action occured in the last half of the book which was really good and made me fly through the pages wanting to find out what happens next. It was a rollercoaster of emotions I felt with the characters - fear, shock, anger and empathy.A problem I had with this book, more than the previous books in the series, was the recount of Ellie's past. The author writes in a female point of view which must be hard but I find some of the things he writes aren't really what goes in the mind of females. For example, "Lots of boys in New Zealand wear shorts to school. They have a Seventh Form too and even some of the Seventh Formers wear shorts. It looks kind of silly, because they seem too old for it, but it gives you a good chance to perv on their legs" and reminiscing when Ellie and her best friend Corrie were children: "We tried to peep at the shearers through a little hole in the wall of their dunny".Ellie learns a lot in this book, which is recounted in the Epilogue. Some of her actions at New Zealand at the beginning of the book I saw was unnecessary and uncharacteristic of her, but she regretted it and reflected that it was a bad move which was great to see.The ending left me hanging and was quite a shocker so I can't wait for the next in the series, Burning for Revenge.


"Darkness, be my friend" by Marsden, J.Vote: 2,75Class: L-B1 (FP)(fourth book of the Tomorrow Series)I wasn't very impressed by the first three books, because I found them too unrealistic even if the story did grow to catch me at a point; this one is not only unbelievable, but actually preposterous: the Army asks to a bunch of kid to go behind the enemy lines and play guerrilla!?! Sorry, but I can't buy that, it seems to much an excuse to sell some books without putting to much an effort...However, if you can get over this, you may be able to be caught anew by the events happening to our protagonists (I wasn't!)The dystopian world (2,75) is... a not really believable Australia recently invaded (in a day!) by a not clearly identified foreign army. The characters (3,00) don't feel completely realistic (some kids who go on thinking on their love life, while they go around playing guerrilla or blowing up things). However I do see how you could get caught by them.The story (3,25), not very believable too, is sometimes captivating, even if it feels stretched too much (perhaps to sell more books?). Too often I was able to anticipate what was going to happen.The writing (3,00) is almost good: the story is told first person by one of the main characters and is quite refreshing; unfortunately the background remains too shallow. All in all this series begun with good original idea and some promising characters (clearly not in the same league of, say, the Hunger Games or Divergent, but not bad) but it's getting more and more unbelievable and boring. I think I'm not going to continue reading it.


As the fourth book in the series, I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. The last book finished with the teenagers finally escaping from Australia into relative safety. Despite having lost three of their friends, they were finally in a position where they could start to heal. Except, of course, that their families were back in Australia, and they'd lost their homes, their country, and their futures.I was curious how they would be dragged back to the conflict, and concerned that it would feel a bit forced. After all, why would they want to go back? I shouldn't have worried. John Marsden handled the situation expertly, giving them real reasons to venture back to their homes, while also letting them fight against the idea of being there. And once they were back, of course, things got intense.If I was to pick a single theme for this book it would be "mental breakdown". And rightly so. These kids have been through so much in such a short time, it's only reasonable that they start fraying at the seams. At times that made the book difficult to read -- but that's mainly because Marsden did such a good job of showing rather than telling what was going on in Ellie's head.Unlike the previous novels in the series, there were a lot more mistakes and accidents and problems during this adventure. Their every plan seemed to fall apart or break down, which was a great external way to represent what was happening in their heads.I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the next.

Melbourne on my mind

Plot summary: Now safe in Wellington, Ellie and her friends are adapting to life outside of war-torn Australia. All that is about to change. When they're asked to return to Wirrawee with a team of New Zealand soldiers to undertake guerilla attacks, they reluctantly agree. But when the New Zealand soldiers disappear without a trace, the teenagers must once again fend for themselves, and decide once again whether to hide out or fight for their country.Thoughts: This is the book where the emotional toll of the war starts to show itself. Every single one of them is a total wreck, in completely different ways. For the first time, they find out what's happened to their families. As is to be expected with war, there's a mixture of relief and tragedy involved. This, for me, is the book that's about exhaustion and a degree of resignation. Yes, they're still fighting. But this is where it becomes obvious that they're barely hanging on by a thread, and where the darkness starts to embrace them.

Sean Kennedy

This entry in the Tomorrow series was actually a lot better than I remember it being. I know some readers are disappointed that it isn't as action-oriented as the previous books, but I like the direction that Darkness goes - indeed, it is all about darkness but this time it is darkness of the soul. Ellie is suffering from PTSD and it is affecting her relationships with her friends and her conduct in the world as she becomes reckless and disregarding of her own safety. I like that this shift has occurred - the war has now been going on too long for them to act like teenage guerrillas and the consequences of their actions are now weighing upon them.The main problem however, is believability. The series expects you to take the central premise with a large grain of salt but it pushes it too far here. I really doubt the New Zealand army would rely upon a group of teenagers to take them into enemy territory, no matter how well they knew the terrain.

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