Darkness Be My Friend by John Marsden

Amazon Summary:
The battle continues as five ordinary teens must journey back into the heart of an epic conflict.
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.
What could possibly motivate Ellie and her friends to return? This risky sabotage mission may be their only hope of rescuing their families, too.
Where to start?
This is as close to realistic fiction as I will ever read. These may sound like war/thriller novels, but that's only some of it - they have all the drama of real life (relationship difficulties, crushes, etc.) as well.
The most annoying thing about these books is how slowly they move. This is for two reasons. Firstly, there's more skulking and sneaking around than anything else - which is to be expected I guess. Secondly, all the drama. The sheer slowness of these books can make them a tad boring... unless you're a fan of relational drama that is.
Now for problems with this book specifically...
1) The climax or the lack thereof. This book was the first of the series to be so anticlimactic. Usually there's this action packed finish, but it just didn't happen here. Annoying to say the least.
2) The ending. The epilogue of this book was really vague. One could discern from it that they had been left behind but not why or how, so that was irritating to say the least.
All, in all, not the best Tomorrow Series, but it wasn't horrible either. I recommend this series to anyone interested in war fiction, guerrilla warfare, or dystopian.
3.5/5 stars

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