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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.

Reader's Thoughts

Aimee Ferguson

(I'll get around to writing reviews for each book eventually... for now my notes so I don't forget, this book gets 4/5 because until about half way in it was really hard to get into? I don't know if it was the time between reading book 3 and 4 (flying back to Canada) but it was a little slow at first, 'cause it felt like the same kind of set up. When things picked up and the characters started showing growth I got right back into it. Loved the language as always.)

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.

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.

Sara

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous three. It's more melancholy and there's less action to move the plot along. It's a nice stepping stone to the next one, though.

Jessica

**check out my review for Tomorrow, When the War Began for my take on the series as a whole** Probably the slowest of the series so far, but by no means unworthy of the 5 stars rating. The feel of this book and the style are a bit of a departure. There is less action and craziness and way more internal dialogue for Ellie. I noticed a lot more “I remember when...”, and Ellie will often stop midway through a conversation or action sequence to share an anecdote with the reader. I can see how this might bug some people, but I didn’t mind. Everything she shares is relevant and it really grounds the town of Wirrawee in to reality more. You get a deeper understanding of the history of the place and the relationships of the characters. You get some more background on these radically changed kids, and it gives you new perspective on everything that happens. It also makes sense that Ellie would do more musing and philosophizing as part of her recent therapy. Writing helps Ellie exercise her demons and sweet goodness does she have a lot of them. Also, as soon as I thought some healing was happening for certain relationships, I got sideswiped with some really devastating news and lost it. I cried for the first time in this series, which surprised me. Took me long enough. But I have a theory that it was because the book slowed down the pace a lot more and things calmed down. I wasn’t ready.

Ryan Buckby

The fourth book in the tomorrow series picks up after the events of book 3.Five months into World War III, Ellie and her four remaining friends have barely escaped the Australian town of Wirrawee with their lives and their sanity intact. But as the next step becomes clear, they realize they must once again sacrifice their hard-won comfort and safety. A group of soldiers has recruited the kids to guide the way to the Wirrawee air base.This book was the one that focused more on the psychological effects that the war was having on the group i found this was necessary part of the story because you can't go on without explaining how these characters are coping with how much there lives have changed in the course of a couple of months. We see a change of place in this book where the group is rescued by the New Zealand army and taken to live in a new place for a couple of weeks. You could just imagine how ellie and her friends were feeling at this point of the book.

Thee_ron_clark

This is the fourth book in the Tomorrow series. As with the previous stories, it revolves around a group of Australian teenagers who were camping when their country was invaded and occupied by an Asian (the exact nationalities of the invading coalitions has not been stated) army.The teens managed to escape to New Zealand in the previous novel. In this one, they have been asked to return to Australia and guide a team of special forces into their home town. Although returning is not something they are eager to do, they feel a high level of guilt for those still in Australia and return mostly for that reason.As one might guess, things go wrong. Going beyond that would be spoiling a bit of the plot.Like the previous stories, this one is a pretty fast read. It flows smoothly and kept me looking forward to resolutions. I'm still not certain of which of the survivors I actually like so it must be the story line that keeps me reading. Well, it could be the fact that I ordered the first five off Ebay awhile back and hate the idea of wasting money.Regardless, I'm pretty well hooked and I think I'll be reading this series beyond the five I own.

Jennifer

Sorry, but no.1. The author lost me right on page 1. Because you want me to believe the New Zealand Army needs five kids to help them win a war? 2. I ride horses. And what they did in the book is not possible. You need a) horses that are really really really well-trained in being steered bridle-less. Or without reigns. And nobody can just sit a horse in full gallop without a saddle. Not if you aren't an excellent rider. Plus, it hurts if you do it wrong. And to do this all in the dark of night? You lost me again, dear author.-> I want the series to end. I was so bored. Nothing new happens. It is the same damn story line over and over again. But of course, eventually I will rad on, because I want to know how it ends. I hope the author comes up with a new opening, the story being suddenly told by Fi and in the end we find out how this had to happen or something. But I don#t have high hopes for creativity.

Kat

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.

Trisha

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

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.

Tamarasoo

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.

Robin

Another grim, dark sequel that feels slightly flatter due to the increasingly diminished cast of characters. An admirable and hugely readable examination of how real people might truly react to horrible things, but it might not satisfy readers who got hooked on the first novel's focus on thrills and diverse characters.

Daisy

I started reading the Tomorrow series a few years ago, after a family friend bought me the first book (original australian edition muhahahhahaha) after discovering my love of books. I fell in love with the characters, story and writing straight away - despite the leap that I'd just made into more sophisticated writing. I have to say, the last book, The Third Day The Frost, left me wondering how a sequel could better it - so I'm not surprised the Darkness Be My Friend didn't quite live up to my expectations for the books.Darkness Be My Friend starts in New Zealand, where Ellie and her friends are being looked after following the events in Wirrawee that led to their escape of their invaded home. All of them - most of all Ellie herself - are greatly shellshocked from their experiences, but, as time passes, and the progress in Australia stalls, they aren't entirely surprised when they're asked to go back into the country. Living as guerrillas in war time was hard enough when there were eight of them, mostly just trying to survive. Now, with only five left and on a mission to make a difference to the retaking of their home, can they possibly continue to survive when danger is hunting them down whenever they go?John Marsden writes in a very complex way for Young Adult fiction. Whilst his writing isn't difficult to read, as such, it's definitely more sophisticated and detailed than the majority of teenage fiction out there. A lot of thought and deliberation goes into his passages, so the reader picks up all kinds of emotions from the characters, which definitely adds to the effect.The Tomorrow series is, firstly, a action/thriller. Yet, for the most part, the plot is actually based around these kids and how they manage to deal with war time and their situation. This book especially, a lot of the writing is about how Ellie and her friends feel and react to their parents being held hostage by the invaders. This is shown very well through Ellie's point of view.I usually don't like books written from the first person, because I feel like the reader is influenced to think a certain way about people and events - whereas I prefer to draw my own conclusions from adding different sides of an argument that sometimes don't come through when a book is written this way. But Ellie's a very aware girl, and she always understands that there's another side of the story. But, at the same time, she is very selfish - and very real. This combination creates a quite confusing feeling for the reader - but it works in the situations the characters are in because it's a lot easier to empathise with someone when you have an idea about how they feel, not just what they're going through.It's one of the most intense books I've ever read - there's either action and danger going on, or deep meaningful soliloquies from Ellie.Like I said, a great deal of the plot is focused on the characters, particularly in this book. Not a whole lot actually happened, event-wise. This is probably why I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous books, just because I really enjoy reading action and adventure.Having said that, the events that did happen were very well orchestrated. The action scenes were detailed, but brief. Marsden is an incredibly realistic writer; he never goes for the predictable, because the predictable very rarely happens in these situations. Although it may nail-bitingly annoying that the group failed their goal in the book, I have to admire Marsden for actually choosing this route. It's what would likely have happened, and that's why I'm still giving the book a very high rating.I love the little down-time parts of his novels. I don't usually like quiet-bits in books because I think a lot of authors use them too much because they want a break from writing challenging chapters, but you can tell Marsden always uses them for a reason: sometimes it's to get a certain reaction from the reader; sometimes to prepare or foreshadow a future event; sometimes even just to emphasise how one of the characters is feeling.The characters are the basis of this book, and it would all crumble down without them and the relationship they have with the reader. After reading the previous three books, I've grown to love these characters so much that I feel for them and I get sad when they do etc etc. And that's exactly what Marsden wants and planned when he started writing the series.I often feel very sorry for Ellie. The thing that makes her such a great protagonist is that she is nothing special: just an ordinary, normal girl with no amazing abilities or anything. Yet she manages to live through so much. And that's what makes her special. In most books we're greeted by a person who already has something unusual and wonderful about them. What makes Ellie so brilliantly made is that she becomes special throughout the books, so we get to see her change slowly and gradually - and we hardly notice it. In a way she's one of the weaker characters, since it's made quite clear that she's affected by what happens to them quite a lot more than her friends, and she often jeopardises the group through her fear. But because of that the reader can relate to her and her narration makes it clear why she does such things and how she comes to doing them. We're presented with a character who, from the outside, could be considered very selfish and a bad person. But when we get to look inside her, we can tell that actually she's been forced into this situations and dangers and she's just dealing with it the best she can - which may not be very well, but she's only human. It's one of the best representations of human nature I've ever, ever experienced.Fi becomes a bigger character in this book. Previously, she's still had a vital relationship with Ellie, but now that some of the other characters have left, we're definitely seeing more of her. I've never really been sure of Fi. I'm not quite sure why: she's a perfectly nice person - on the contrary she's an amazingly kind and courageous person. I think what's always put me off about her is the fact she came from a very rich and posh family right at the beginning of the series. I'm actually quite ashamed of myself for letting a stereotypical role form in my mind, and then stick with me throughout the books, but I can't help it. There may be another reason why I'm not certain of Fi, but if there is I can't think of it.Homer is my favourite character, which was why I was sad he wasn't such a big part in this book. Homer is the most interesting to me because she's got such a big character and a lot of attitude, and still messes up all the time and is a complete jerk - that I can't help but find Marsden' flawless presentation intriguing. I honestly love him so much. I really wish his and Ellie's friendship was shown more, since we hear about it a lot, but rarely actually experience it. I just think he's such fun to read, even when he's in one of his signature stormy moods.Kevin used to annoy me, but actually I've grown to like him. I think we're supposed to see him as a jerk in the first book, because he really messes up big time. And that feeling does linger in the other books. But Kevin keeps proving himself in small ways, as Ellie herself points out, and that, in the end, made me like him. Again, it's just another way of dealing with their circumstances. Acting like an idiot must be hard to avoid when everything you know it's there anymore - but sometimes he manages to break through it and be a hero.Lee confuses me. I like him. I think. Like I said, he confuses me.The other problem I had with Darkness Be My Friend was that when the climaxes came, they didn't seem particularly important. It's hard, in a book such as this, to have things constantly going on, and yet still push some events out as bigger than others. You can clearly tell what the main parts of the plot are, but when I was reading them, I was more thrilled or excited than I was on the other parts of the story.The romance is brilliant. It's there a little bit, but it's very dysfunctional - as you would expect in the situation. I really like how that affects Ellie and the way she thinks about everything going on around her. It also doesn't consume the story. I was wary, when reading the first book, about how much it was going to affect the story. Btu actually, it definitely dies down when they realise the seriousness of their situation.Again, Marsden, the best believable writer in the history of ever.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes meaningful stories or anything about war time. There's loads of action, and I couldn't say it isn't a thriller. There is romance, but don't expect your typical Young Adult love story. It's anything but. I have a friend who's really into politics and loves these books, so maybe that might also interest you.It's quite hard reading, do don't be surprised if you're a bit slow at first, it does pick up, especially towards the end. Also, it's quite a subduing, sad book. Don't read it when you're in a sensitive mood - it won't help.Read the first books first! You won't truly love and understand and feel for the characters until you know their full story. Also, it's quite confusing if you don't know what's previously happened to them.

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