Monday, 14 March 2011

The Killing Frost (aka The Third Day, The Frost) Review

Title: The Killing Frost
Author: John Marsden 
Published: 1995
Pages: 278
My Rating: 5/5

In the third installment of the Tomorrow saga, the anything-to-survive existence of Ellie and her friends has sharpened their senses and emboldened their plans. They aren't merely on the defensive anymore; they're also striking back. Their strategy? Attack the enemy not just on land, but also on water. If they have any hope of sabotaging the formidable container ship at Cobbler's Bay, then stealth is a must, but so, too, is one very big explosion. And if they fail, they may face a whole new kind of terror -- imprisonment.

The Tomorrow Series be John Marsden is easily one of my favorite book series, and I've only just read 3/7 books so far! I cannot begin to explain how incredible and powerful, not just the writing but the story and the 

A brief overview is: Ellie and a group of friends from Australia go on a camping trip for a week and come back to find that they town (and country) has been invaded. Everyone is being held in the Showground and Ellie and her friends must go into hiding and do whatever they have to do in order to stay alive agaisnt this brutal enemy.

This is only the third book, and already the events are reaching much more powerful and devastating heights than the last few books. The layout of events in this book were also a lot different to the first two, but I can't say anymore on that without giving anything away. One thing that I really love about these books is that, even though the whole series so far has been about the same group of people in the same general situation; it never gets monotonous, boring or repetitive. There is always something new, something exciting, or some shocking twist just waiting to happen! 

I feel as though I am there with the characters and feel myself growing and warming to them. They are all so believable and real. They also react like real people. It's not like in films, where normal characters can just whip out a machine gun and shoot at the bad guy, be the hero and be totally fine like that. They all have their own individual way to coping with the events that happen. 

In this book in particular, there wasn't quite as much character development as the last two. I think this was mainly because Ellie was on her own throughout quite a portion of this book, so it was more of just Ellie's development and thoughts. There was a shocking twist right at the end, that I don't think I'll truly get over, it was so sudden there wasn't any time to be sad! But that's another part that makes it so realistic! 

I think it's a crime that this series isn't more known! I highly recommend it! Though saying that; it's not for everyone. It's one YA book with no fantasy, (not a huge amount of) romance or Sci Fi, but instead follows this group of realistically real teenagers as they struggle to survive during a war on their country.       

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