Darkness, Be My Friend

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Darkness, Be My Friend

 

Darkness, Be My Friend is the fourth book in John Marsden's series

consisting of Tomorrow, When the War Began, In the Dead of the

Night and The Third Day, The Frost, in which seven young people

are thrown into the middle of a violent war zone. Ellie, Fi,

Kevin, Lee, Homer, Robyn and Corrie set out on a camping trip to a

remote part of their district. They find their way into a remote

basin surrounded by dangerous cliffs and difficult terrain, where

they are completely safe and cut off from the rest of the world.

When the teenagers return to their homes, they find that all the

families in the district were abducted and locked into the show

grounds by armed soldiers who are taking over Australia. After

finding this, they go on to perform numerous terrorist activities

around the district to hamper the enemy's progress. These

including blowing up a bridge on a major convoy route, attacking

an important bay used for supplies and in Darkness, Be My Friend,

the teenagers set out from New Zealand to assist a small group of

elite New Zealand soldiers attack the new airbase that has been

built in their town. In this book, the New Zealand soldiers

disappear without a trace and the teenagers have to attack the

airbase themsleves_

 

I think that this book is as much about adventure and survival as

it is about emotions, friendships and relationships. The book is

written as the diary of the unofficial leader of the group and she

speaks a lot about her thoughts, her relationships with the other

members of the group and of her emotions about what she was forced

to do during the course of the war.

 

"I was determined I wasn't going to get angry, so I ignored that.

I didn't blame him in a way. If only I could have understood what

was going on in my own mind_ but I found that difficult at the

best of times."

 

"It was nothing to do with Lee. I still liked him a lot. I'd got

over those feelings I'd had ages ago, the negative feelings

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towards him. So it wasn't that. I thought maybe it had something

to do with the boy in New Zealand, whose name I realised with a

shock I'd forgotten. It would come back to me, no doubt about

that, but for the moment I couldn't think of it at all. And I

thought it was probably a lot to do with the dead man whose house

we had sneaked into - not that it was his house anyway - but the

fact that we were living in a dead man's house.

 

And, of course the fact that I'd killed him. I didn't know his

name either. Weird: two guys who figured prominently in my life,

and they were both nameless to me."

 

"A slow awareness came over me, a kind of burning, as I realised.

Yes, it was because of the boy in New Zealand and the man who

lived in this house. And because I'd screamed at the soldier in

the street. And because I'd left the door open at Tozer's. And

because the fuel tank had been padlocked. And because I'd

sneezed."

 

Throughout the book, Marsden keeps an excellent mix of adventure,

excitement and of personal `experience'. He looks deeper and

deeper into the mind of Ellie and exactly how she feels. He writes

this well and in a style that I would imagine Ellie would use.

Marsden's excellent writing ability makes the story even more

believable and more moving. He is able to portray the feelings and

emotions that I would imagine a person in that situation to have

and does so so well and so convincingly, that you can fully

understand and comprehend what the group went through.

 

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