The third instalment in John Marsden’s Tomorrow series, The Third Day, the Frost takes place weeks after their attack on Buttercup Lane. Ellie quickly brings us up to speed with everything that is going on and how the others have changed since the attack. Robyn has stopped eating a lot, telling jokes about how she’s an ‘anorexic insomniac’. Homer has slumped into a depression. Lee has a nervous tick and, when he and Ellie ‘get it on’, his body doesn’t react like he wants it to. Ellie admits she’s prone to lifelike flashbacks while also feeling similar to her mates. It is Fi that looks like she’s coping the best. A complete change from the first book. Where there were eight innocent teenagers full of life, now there is only five in their damaged group… until they find Kevin.
It’s been a while since we saw Kevin. He drove himself and Corrie off to the hospital at the end of the first book. We’ve only heard of him in snippets from people in work parties. However, he holds the key to their next big attack. The one that will be one of the most defining parts of the war. This third book shows what true desperation leads to and how much war can change a person’s perspective. One day, you’re thinking about how one person could kill another. The next, you’re pinning someone to the ground with a belt around their throats hoping they can’t yell out otherwise you will die. It’s tough. It’s brutal. But underneath it all, there’s hope.
The second instalment in John Marsden’s Tomorrow series, The Dead of the Night is really when it all kicks off. Yes, Ellie and her friends have done some damage to the enemy by blowing up a bridge and they already have some blood on their hands. However, it isn’t until this book that they start to see the true impact this war has already had on the area. A young adult novel series, this book continues to be written in the same tone from Ellie’s perspective as she continues to write the accounts of what’s happening around them. It’s different this time, like there’s a shift in her language. Before, she wrote because everyone wanted her to so they could get their record straight. This time, it’s still to keep a record for others to read but she’s doing it because she knows it’s important, both for others to read and for her sanity.
It begins a while after the events in the first book. The group have gone over what Ellie has written and there have been mixed responses. She was honest and didn’t spare any details, which resulted in everyone being quite timid around her. Their relationships have changed and their all on edge. However, it can be seen past all of it that they’re still reeling after the loss of two of their members. No, they’re not dead… or at least that’s what they hope. They don’t know since they haven’t seen them since they drove off. They were a tight unit and now they’re separated, and one of the two was Ellie’s best friend, Corrie.
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