27 May 2010

Review: The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden

Early last week, I listened to the last entry in John Marsden's Tomorrow series, The Other Side of Dawn. I can't tell you how sorry I am that the series is over. The good news is there is a follow-up trilogy called the Ellie Chronicles, which I plan to start listening to soon.

The Other Side of Dawn ties together some loose ends and brings the seven-book series to an end in a very satisfactory way. Marsden was able to keep the drama and action going, complete with the right amount of heartache, suspense, and happiness. I can say, without creating a spoiler, that the ending is fitting and realistic; there is no simple "and they lived happily ever after." If you've read my earlier reviews or started the series, you won't be surprised that Marsden tells it like it is.

I highly recommend this series, which is almost dystopian, but perhaps better described as alternate history. The audiobooks are read by Suzi Dougherty, who -- as I've said before -- is fabulous as Ellie.

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Published by Scholastic Paperbacks, 2007 [originally published 2002]
ISBN-13: 9780439858052
Audio by Bolinda Publishing
Challenges: Young Adult, Audiobook, Buy and Read, 100+
YTD: 44
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B+


Shelley 5/27/10, 1:15 PM  

I listened to the first of the Ellie chronicles without really knowing about the previous series. I couldn't really get into it, probably because it helps to have read the Tomorrow series, which I am planning on reading someday. It sounds like something I would love!

Sandy Nawrot 5/27/10, 5:10 PM  

This is something I could really sink my teeth into (or ears?). I never run out of compelling audios, but I do love the series! HOpe you are having fun, you lucky people, you.

Marg 5/29/10, 6:25 AM  

I just borrowed the first book in the Tomorrow series, so hopefully will get to it soon.

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