10 Things I Love About This Character: Ellie Linton, The Tomorrow Series – MOON IN GEMINI
Everything you ever wanted to know about Ellie in Tomorrow, When the War for Lee's feelings—he clearly likes her and she's pretty flippant about the ways in. Lee is perhaps the most complex character in the series. Ellie first invites Lee to the camping trip to find out more about the shy, quiet, introverted boy she saw at school. . “As I did, it struck me that Lee was in many ways our true hero. The first book, Tomorrow, When the War Began, first came out over 20 Ellie is not defined by her relationship with Lee or her unexplored feelings for Homer. How she draws inspiration in different ways from her friends.
A nerd for want of a better term, but a music nerd rather than a computer one.
He does not have good social skills but has all the normal human emotions, which he therefore tends to keep bottled up inside. This, of course, means that when he finds an outlet, such as music or Ellie or combat, the interest is intense 1. Until the coming of the war Lee had two major escapes. Music — piano and violin — at which he excelled. He was obviously quite a lonely boy. With the camping trip Lee is exposed to quite a different environment and quite a different group of people.
In the initial response to what they find Lee is strong and sensible. It is not until he is shot, finds his family has been captured and his home ransacked that other attributes start to dominate. Lee is shamed by what has happened to his country, his family and to him. He is desperate to strike back, to carry the war to the invaders and make a difference.
One of the main things Ellie finds attractive about the plan for the attack on the bridge is that the idea brings so much life back to Lee 2.
One of the things that disturbs Ellie about the attack on Buttercup Lane is that Lee is enjoying the killing and destruction so much. He can see what is happening to him and is frightened by it, but he is not in control of what is going on.
To save Kevin Lee had to do something that would make any sane person sick, but rather than being supportive Ellie turns her disgust at what they did into disgust with Lee, something even she admits is unfair but does anyway. You have to wonder how he coped. Maybe these problems could have been overcome. Maybe the counseling he undergoes in New Zealand would have helped him regain his equilibrium, re balance his inner self.
His little brothers and sisters are now his responsibility. It is too much, he cracks. When I started writing this profile my impression was that he flipped out entirely and became quite psychopathic, killing whenever he could. There is only one thing wrong with that impression - it's not correct. Instead, Lee becomes suicidally aggressive — he wants revenge — but there are some complicating factors.
The next is that he wants and needs the support of his friends, particularly Ellie — but he loves them and risking their lives is quite different to risking just his see his hesitation at the airfield But whenever the fat is in the fire, he fights to survive. He never takes the route Robyn went down. In Lee the urge to destruction and the will to live are in sharp conflict. Two episodes with Lee are particularly interesting: He sees an opportunity to get away without killing and takes it, even though it puts him and his friends at risk.
Hardly the actions of a psychopathic killer. Certainly shows that Lee is really having problems managing risk, but again hardly what you would expect from someone who has a psychopathic hatred of the enemy. Lee is suffering, of course.
Ellie is quite dead emotionally after the airfield attack 13 and this is the only time that Lee really strikes out at her. First when he attacks how she talks to Kevin seen after they arrive in Stratton, then when she wants to know what he has been doing when he goes off by himself. In the aftermath of that we see Lee at his best. He has been through atrocities, he had killed in the most confronting ways possible, he has lost his parents, at least at some level he wants to die.
He has had a hell of a war, yet he remains functional. He has wronged Ellie and he takes responsibility for that.
He shows his love and passion for music as he demonstrates a flair for its teaching. Lee was the one who did the dirtiest jobs, quietly, without fuss, without going into big emotional scenes. He was so efficient, so reliable, so brave.
10 Things I Love About This Character: Ellie Linton, The Tomorrow Series
Whenever we fell short, he made up the gap. I'm not just talking about the red hot moments, when enemy soldiers were shooting at us, when we were within a moment of death. I'm talking about the sourer times too, when we were so tired we could hardly remember to breathe, or we were so bored we'd pick at each other just for something to do, or so distressed we'd wish a soldier would come along and blow us into oblivion with an M At all those times Lee stood strong.
He was like the Wirrawee grain silo.
You could see the grain silo from miles away, tall and reliable. It stood for Wirrawee, and it gave you a safe comforting feeling to know it was there. That was how I'd felt about Lee during the war. As I have written this profile I have come to largely agree with what she says there. What Lee does is not normally flashy, but it is vital.
He is indeed a hero. Lee from Wirrawee, one of the finest young men you will never meet. There are two things I wonder about with Lee.
How would Lee have felt about losing Ellie after the truck stop attack? Lee has already lost everyone else he is really close too; then he loses Ellie.
Worse, she has apparently sacrificed her life to save his. I wonder whether this would have been enough to finally break Lee completely. Homer had a dreadfully bad plan for their follow on attack on the power distribution centre.
It must have been very tempting for someone who had now lost every one he loved. Would Lee survive the peace? At the end of "The Other Side of Dawn", Lee like Ellie and Homer is very much in denial about what he did and experienced during the war.
He just wants to put it behind him and get on with his life. The problem is what he has experienced and especially what he has done are not things that any normal i. It is very unlikely that he will be able to "put it behind him" until he takes a good look at what he did and comes to terms with it. Couple this with the fact that he also has the greatest responsibilities and the least support - the only relatives he has are dependents and Ellie is again in the process of cutting him off.
He is in a very vulnerable position. He is resilient, but he is a human being, not a machine. Now I may be totally wrong with the above. Supporting Extracts - Used with permission There is some good stuff in here, have a browse. I was a little afraid of the depth of feeling in those beautiful eyes. Homer had written Heavy Metal across it in the dust with his fingers. But I had seen Lee with the lid raised, running his hands across the keys.
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His fingers were trembling and there was a look on his face even more passionate, more intense than when he looked at me. It was very clever. She hears of a group known as the "Liberation". This group goes over the border, that divides Australia and the new country, to rescue people who have been trapped by other mindless enemy individuals or groups.
Ellie goes over the border countless times, most of the time with friends, to rescue people like Nick Greene. After Ellie's parents died, a court battle takes place between Ellie and her new lawyer Mr Sayle. At the end of "While I Live" this lawyer is appointed as Ellie's guardian, much the Ellie's disgust as she had wanted Mr and Mrs Yannos as her parents.
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Ellie seeks help from a new friend, Bronte, who's parents are in the military. Bronte's dad happens to be a military lawyer who helps Ellie to fight Mr Sayle. We soon find out that a man Mr Rochford.
Ellie obviously becomes furious and fustrated. When she sees Mr Rochford's car parked outside Mr Sayle's office her anger builds but she remembers the advice from Bronte's father, "do things your own way".
Ellie almost immediately writes 'a letter of resignation as guardian' for Mr Sayle to sign. Mr Sayle and Rochford become outraged but Mr Sayle ends up signing it saying "she's done so much in the war effort.
Eventually, Ellie wins and the Yannoses are appointed as her guardians. In the last book, Gavin is abducted by enemy groups who are annoyed at the Liberation. It's like the biggest secret in Wirrawee! The mission almost failed when she got trapped in the attic by the group who abducted Gavin name of that group is not mentioned in the book. Luckily for Ellie and Gavin, their day has been saved by the rest of the liberation team.
Just before Ellie enters the Volvo car, that Homer was driving, to escape, she notices a female standing at the bottom of the stairs in the house she and Gavin had been trapped in. Lee ran past saying "Place secure, Pimple". There were also some more minor characters like Jeremy who Ellie dated and Jess friend from school who is also a part of the liberation.
Ellie's battle with life after war was not the only story told in this series. The history of the mysterious Gavin is revealed mainly in the second book "Incurable".