Dead of Night

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By: Michael Grant

Rio Richlin doesn’t have superpowers. She is an ordinary young woman. A soldier in the American army, wearing a uniform, carrying a rifle, and fighting alongside thousands who are trying to make a difference, trying to change the world.

At least, that’s the plan. Right now she’s part of a squad on a training exercise in some place called Wales. They’re cold, they’re wet, and Rio’s pretty sure they’re also lost. Spending the night in a creepy old inn wasn’t part of the plan at all…

Set in the alternative World War II scenario of his Front Lines novels, Michael Grant, author of the bestselling Gone series, has written this story exclusively for World Book Day.

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Reviews from Toppsta:

Boy aged 13
This book is definitely not for little kids. This is like a Christmas carol with three ghosts but it’s about war. Warning contains reference to #%?!, suicide, death and gore.

Rio is a female soldier on a training expedition, her squadron gets lots and she is visited by ghosts of war present, war past and war future. that visit to teacher her three lessons.

I like war stories so I liked this book. It was short and the words were easy to read. This book is for teenagers because little kids either wouldn’t understand it or would get upset.

Bodders2003 aged 13
When a group of soldiers, male and female, are transferred from America to Wales, get their first proper taste of World War 2. Their leader knows that most of them are fools buts sees some potential in them. Read more to find out what they do and where they go.

I liked the book because of the way the story was well written and because of that it was easy to picture the story in your head. I thought the range of personalities of each character was very good because this made it humorous due to some of the soldiers having a stupid act making them seem like fools. I would recommend this book to any readers who enjoy adventurous and mysterious books.

Blblioworm4 aged 13
This is a really interesting read – definitely for the older child as it contains lots of mature content and is quite graphic in places. It is an updated ‘Christmas Carol’ with 3 visits from different ghosts with tales to tell. For a short book it delivers a few punches: no race or gender seems to be left out from the action. It is a book that shows the horrors of war though the ages and looks to educate a ‘future’ generation, though it is set in the past which is an interesting dimension.

At first it is hard to follow all the different characters and remember who each one is, however as the story develops it centralises on one in particular and her ‘dreams’ serve to offer a message for all but also to help her understand her own grief and come to terms with her situation.

Rosie2336 aged 11
This is a YA novel for older readers.

I think this book is for older readers than me.

This book is about a young women called Rio Richlin a soldier in the American Army. Rio and her squad are on a training excercise in a place called Wales. With the weather becoming cold, wet and foggy, she is sure they are lost. They come across an old Inn and take shelter at the inn. Once inside she has three rather strange encounters with old soldiers. Sitting at a table on her own, one at a time these soldiers give her a story. Then she realised that she is the only one who can see them.

It’s a good story, but just a bit too mature for me.

Ellie mae smith (adult)
As a parent I read this book first. Much too old for my daughter’s 10 yrs and 13yrs.
Story of a modern day female soldier who is visited by three ghosts while she is worn out and tired. (Just like Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol )
Well written story which I could not put down.
Would recommend for a very mature reader.

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    About the Author

    Michael Grant

    Michael Grant is the evil genius of YA Fiction. Among his biggest fans is Stephen King who called the Gone series ‘A driving, torrential narrative’. Michael’s life has been similarly driving and torrential. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her less than 24 hours. Michael and Katherine were running their own cleaning business when they were working on their first book. Since trading in his marigolds, Michael has now written around 150 books (with Katherine, as himself, under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter). He now lives in the San Francisco Bay area taking his inspiration from his charming view of Alcatraz. From across those dark waters have emerged his dystopian fantasy series, Gone, his thrilling futuristic trilogy BZRK, and the menacing Messenger of Fear. Now he is reinventing history with Front Lines. The Gone series has sold over 800, 000 copies in the UK meaning that Michael has terrified a lot of people. Something he particularly likes to do.