Title: Darkness Be My Friend Author: John Marsden Publisher: Pan MacmillanPublishers Publishing Date: 1996 Setting: This book is set in fairly moderntimes about 1990. I know this because the teenagers speak the same way my friends and I do anddress just like people do now. I also know this because of the way they describethe country town they live in.
It sounds just like the average country town inour time. I think it is set is in a country town in Australia away from thecities. I think this because of the way the place “Hell” is described andthe way the teenagers talk like Aussies. It also says that it is Australia. Whenthey are in New Zealand Iain asks if they will go back to Australia to helpthem.
I think it is very important where it is set because if it were set inAmerica or another place it would be a lot harder to be invaded. For one reasonAmerica and other places have massive armies compared to Australia and coulddefend their country. Another reason is that there is a much bigger populationin America and other places and they would need hundreds more soldiers to patrolareas. Another reason I think it is very important where it is set is that if itwas set in another country the place “Hell” would be described differentlybecause Australia is the only place I know that has such amazing land featuresand such amazing landscapes. If it was described differently the whole bookwouldnt make you feel the way you do when you read it and you wouldnt getthe eerie feeling you get when they are in “Hell”.Order now
Plot: Darkness, Be MyFriend is the fourth book in John Marsdens series consisting of Tomorrow,When the War Began, The Dead of the Night and The Third Day, The Frost, in whichseven teenagers are in the middle of a violent war. Ellie, Fi, Kevin, Lee,Homer, Robyn and Corrie go camping to a remote part of their district. They findtheir way into a remote valley surrounded by dangerous cliffs and difficultterrain, 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 thedistrict have been abducted and locked into the show grounds by armed soldierswho are taking over Australia. After finding this, they perform many dangerousactivities around the district to hold back the enemys progress. Theseincluding blowing up a bridge on a major convoy route and attacking an importantbay used for shipping supplies.
In this book the teenagers set out from NewZealand to help a small group of New Zealand soldiers attack the new airbasethat has been built in the teenagers home town. The New Zealand soldiersdisappear without a trace and the teenagers have to attack the airbasethemselves. . .
The teenagers decide to look for the soldiers but end up gettingtrapped on an open paddock with a few trees. The only thing they could do isclimb up the trees and wait till night. Once it was dark they got the horses inthe paddock and rode them in pitch dark and at full gallop away from where theywere. They ended up at the school and stayed there for a few days.
When theyleft the school the tried to attack the air base by putting sugar in the petrolsupply which was planned to make the planes crash while the were flying. Unfortunately It was a huge disaster because they couldnt get the lids of thepetrol trucks to put the sugar in. Main Characters: Fi: Fi is beautiful,intelligent, kind to her friends and she is perfect in every way. She is lightand graceful, has beautiful skin and looks like she hasnt done any hardphysical work in her whole life.
Fi is the kindest person but she is quick totell Ellie when she is being annoying or stupid. Fi has been in this story fromthe first novel “Tomorrow when the war began”. She is now Ellies bestfriend since Robyn died. Kevin: The impression I got about Kevin is that he canbe a real pain because he is a chicken and he is always scared but generally heis out of peoples way because he likes to be alone. Kevin has a really widemouth,