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The action doesn't let up in the most explosive Tomorrow book yet -- another international bestseller from John Marsden. The journey to Stratton isn't an easy trip, especially when the enemy's headquarters lie somewhere along the way. And that's exactly where Ellie and her friends unwittingly find themselves. With only five of them against hundreds of armed soldiers, escap The action doesn't let up in the most explosive Tomorrow book yet -- another international bestseller from John Marsden. The journey to Stratton isn't an easy trip, especially when the enemy's headquarters lie somewhere along the way. And that's exactly where Ellie and her friends unwittingly find themselves. With only five of them against hundreds of armed soldiers, escape seems like a suicide mission. But Stratton is where Ellie's grandmother lives, so the journey must be made -- even though the odds aren't good. Ellie must summon all of her courage and guerrilla instincts to survive the latest high-stakes installment of the action-packed Tomorrow series.


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The action doesn't let up in the most explosive Tomorrow book yet -- another international bestseller from John Marsden. The journey to Stratton isn't an easy trip, especially when the enemy's headquarters lie somewhere along the way. And that's exactly where Ellie and her friends unwittingly find themselves. With only five of them against hundreds of armed soldiers, escap The action doesn't let up in the most explosive Tomorrow book yet -- another international bestseller from John Marsden. The journey to Stratton isn't an easy trip, especially when the enemy's headquarters lie somewhere along the way. And that's exactly where Ellie and her friends unwittingly find themselves. With only five of them against hundreds of armed soldiers, escape seems like a suicide mission. But Stratton is where Ellie's grandmother lives, so the journey must be made -- even though the odds aren't good. Ellie must summon all of her courage and guerrilla instincts to survive the latest high-stakes installment of the action-packed Tomorrow series.

30 review for Burning For Revenge

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Buckby

    First read: June 27th 2010 Re-read: March 13th 2018, September 23rd 2020 Burning for Revenge is the fifth book in the tomorrow series and let me assure you the action and the explosions don't let up in this book. As always the book picks up right were it left off,The journey to Stratton isn't an easy trip, especially when the enemy's headquarters lie somewhere along the way. And that's exactly where Ellie and her friends unwittingly find themselves. With only five of them against hundreds of First read: June 27th 2010 Re-read: March 13th 2018, September 23rd 2020 Burning for Revenge is the fifth book in the tomorrow series and let me assure you the action and the explosions don't let up in this book. As always the book picks up right were it left off,The journey to Stratton isn't an easy trip, especially when the enemy's headquarters lie somewhere along the way. And that's exactly where Ellie and her friends unwittingly find themselves. With only five of them against hundreds of armed soldiers, escape seems like a suicide mission. But Stratton is where Ellie's grandmother lives, so the journey must be made, even though the odds aren't good. Ellie must summon all of her courage and guerrilla instincts to survive I found this book was one of the most action packed books than any of the other ones of the series which i thought was excellent made the series so much more interesting and hard to put down. I was glad to see some characters starting to pop up more in the story than they had in the previous 4 books. It was really one of those 'Oh my gosh' books in reference to Fi's favourite words

  2. 4 out of 5

    -Edamommie-

    What is it about Marsden's writing that has you believing a group of teens can save their country?? Blow up airplanes? Kill soldiers and go "bush" and have you feel every pain, tear, angry and happy( there were a few here and there)moment?! These are a Must read if you enjoy action packed, heroic, angsty books.. They stick with you.. Thinking about these Aussie teens like they are non fictional.. Thats Marsden..:) What is it about Marsden's writing that has you believing a group of teens can save their country?? Blow up airplanes? Kill soldiers and go "bush" and have you feel every pain, tear, angry and happy( there were a few here and there)moment?! These are a Must read if you enjoy action packed, heroic, angsty books.. They stick with you.. Thinking about these Aussie teens like they are non fictional.. Thats Marsden..:)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I think I could read about 20 books in this series if they existed. Once again the kids pull off some guerrilla warfare with lots of great explosions and action. The relationships continue to develop and I was happy to see Kevin have a bit of a bigger role in this book since he tends to get sidelined a bit. It's great to see the characters evolving. I kept thinking about why I love this series so much and I decided that it's because of all the little back stories Ellie tells about the characters I think I could read about 20 books in this series if they existed. Once again the kids pull off some guerrilla warfare with lots of great explosions and action. The relationships continue to develop and I was happy to see Kevin have a bit of a bigger role in this book since he tends to get sidelined a bit. It's great to see the characters evolving. I kept thinking about why I love this series so much and I decided that it's because of all the little back stories Ellie tells about the characters. It makes them, their relationships, interactions, and reactions believable. Loved it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zoey

    Ellie, Homer & the others are back among the action in this the 5th book in The Tomorrow Series. After their failed attempts to hurt the enemy in the previous book, this time they are back with a bang (in more ways than one) Action a plenty & the teens dealing with the psychological & emotional effects of the war & their relationships with each other, makes for another great instalment in this series. Thanks to Mish for recommending I try the audio for this series, you were right; the narrator rea Ellie, Homer & the others are back among the action in this the 5th book in The Tomorrow Series. After their failed attempts to hurt the enemy in the previous book, this time they are back with a bang (in more ways than one) Action a plenty & the teens dealing with the psychological & emotional effects of the war & their relationships with each other, makes for another great instalment in this series. Thanks to Mish for recommending I try the audio for this series, you were right; the narrator really does suit the voice of Ellie :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Tomorrow series continues in this 5th installment of Ellie and her friends trying to make it through the world. There's very little dialogue in this book - most of it is action. I don't really mind, although I find that the dialogue helps continue to build the characters. The funny thing about why I keep reading these books isn't the suspense (I totally peeked at the end of this book so I knew what was coming) but it's the way that Marsden writes his action. These scenes are so compelling! The The Tomorrow series continues in this 5th installment of Ellie and her friends trying to make it through the world. There's very little dialogue in this book - most of it is action. I don't really mind, although I find that the dialogue helps continue to build the characters. The funny thing about why I keep reading these books isn't the suspense (I totally peeked at the end of this book so I knew what was coming) but it's the way that Marsden writes his action. These scenes are so compelling! The scene with the barn at the end just drew me in - doesn't matter where I am or how in the mood I am to read his books - I just get sucked in. As soon as I get through the books that I have out from the library, I'm going into the 6th book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma Rossi

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (Read via Audible) I love the narrator, Suzi Dougherty, for this series. She does such a great job. Another great book in the series. The last focused more on Ellie’s PTSD whereas I feel this one focused more on relationships within the group.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    This ends things with a bang and the unfortunately situation where they cannot trust anyone outside the group. The book is slow burning this time around, at least they don't leave the country like they did a few novels back. They now understand that the fight is far from over and the revolution is only in the beginnings. I liked the character development a little better with this story, Leigh finally reveals something about himself that Ellie is shocked to discover. The book is a little formulai This ends things with a bang and the unfortunately situation where they cannot trust anyone outside the group. The book is slow burning this time around, at least they don't leave the country like they did a few novels back. They now understand that the fight is far from over and the revolution is only in the beginnings. I liked the character development a little better with this story, Leigh finally reveals something about himself that Ellie is shocked to discover. The book is a little formulaic though, I feel like we have covered similar ground in previous books, this is normally the case with a series running this long and this short in length. I'm eager to see how this one ends, the journey has been chaotic and to finally see the finale will be worth the read. Things are still going strong for the group hanging around Hell, the next chapter will dive into the betrayal of the last book, I won't be impressed if they don't. They have already shown some of the betrayal inside the prison but to how far it goes and the why is something I need covered in the next two books. As teen novels go, this series is definitely up there with some of the better ones. It has a real threat and message to everyone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin Watson

    Would have given this book 4 stars but Lee annoyed me so on principle I have taken off a star.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    3.75 / 5 After the end of Darkness, Be My Friend, Ellie and co. are hiding out in Wirrawee following their failed (view spoiler)[strike against the air field (hide spoiler)] and dealing a little with the aftermath of their shootout. After a brief "discussion", the team decides to head out from their hideout and see if there's anything they can do to assist with the war effort, though (view spoiler)[Kevin (hide spoiler)] seems to have lost it a bit and definitely isn't doing near as well as the ot 3.75 / 5 After the end of Darkness, Be My Friend, Ellie and co. are hiding out in Wirrawee following their failed (view spoiler)[strike against the air field (hide spoiler)] and dealing a little with the aftermath of their shootout. After a brief "discussion", the team decides to head out from their hideout and see if there's anything they can do to assist with the war effort, though (view spoiler)[Kevin (hide spoiler)] seems to have lost it a bit and definitely isn't doing near as well as the others in the present climate (...and that's not to say the others are well-adjusted either, because they're definitely not). After travelling the countryside for a bit, they come across an old junk yard and decide to have a bit of a look around and maybe see if there's anything useful, but after a group of trucks turns up out of nowhere (almost catching them in the process), they make the only decision they have and jump into the back of one of said trucks to hide, hoping that there might be some way for them to escape during the journey (y'know... without breaking their legs by jumping out of a moving vehicle and/or being run over by one of the other trucks in the convoy) but don't get the opportunity to do so before the trucks are parked in some weirdly large garage, and they are left alone. Lo and behold, where is it that they've ended up? Why, no other place but (view spoiler)[the very airfield that both they, and the Kiwi guerrillas, attempted to take out (hide spoiler)] ! After an initial bit of panic (view spoiler)[and a not small amount of floundering and potential anxiety attacks / PTSD responses from Kevin (hide spoiler)] they decide to look around and see if they can get some supplies to hold up for a while, while they make a plan to do what it is that they tried to do in the last book... unfortunately they end up having to make up something on the fly when (view spoiler)[Ellie goes into the barracks in the hopes of nicking food, and then ends up shooting two soldiers who decided that was a great time to inspect the barracks for cleanliness (hide spoiler)] ... oops? ANYWAYS, (view spoiler)[Ellie defeats those two soldiers, her and Homer steal all the available rifles, and they go back to their hideout in the massive garage (airplane hangar :P) and get the rest of the team (minus Kevin) on board to do some damage... to the tankers of oil and the planes that are currently being refueled, by shooting the tankers and hoping for the best (hide spoiler)] . As with their previous plan against Cobbler's Bay, they seem to rather underestimate just how much damage they can do, and manage to... well do a LOT of damage, before making a very hasty exit while pursued by some rather pissed off enemy military personnel. Our team manage to escape, and end up in Stratton, deciding to go and visit Ellie's grandma... or her house rather (she's definitely not there) and after an initial scare by a squatter that was NOT them, they manage to make a bit of a home for themselves and settle down a bit... though not before (view spoiler)[getting mugged by a bunch of kids (hide spoiler)] . The end of this novel shows Lee being a dumb-ass and Ellie coming to the rescue (view spoiler)[with him having some "alone time" with a woman who was definitely NOT Ellie or Fi, and was potentially one of the enemy, almost getting gunned down by what seems like a crew of irate farmers, and being saved (but also almost burnt alive) by Ellie (hide spoiler)] before they are finally able to contact the Colonel again. Of course, now that the (view spoiler)[airfield is destroyed (hide spoiler)] the Colonel offers to bring them "home" again (to New Zealand). But why would they leave? They're already home, and there's much work to do before the series can end ;D ONTO BOOK #6.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nemo (The Moonlight Library)

    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library  After their failure to do anything successful in the last book, our intrepid teens decide it’s time to go out and fuck up the war effort some more. Completely by accident they find themselves inside the very airfield the missing Kiwi soldiers were planning to attack. Surrounded by enemies, will our heroes make it out alive, and can they cause some chaos while they do it? Lee is completely unpredicatable in this book. Half the time he’s ra This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library  After their failure to do anything successful in the last book, our intrepid teens decide it’s time to go out and fuck up the war effort some more. Completely by accident they find themselves inside the very airfield the missing Kiwi soldiers were planning to attack. Surrounded by enemies, will our heroes make it out alive, and can they cause some chaos while they do it? Lee is completely unpredicatable in this book. Half the time he’s raging, or cool as a cucumber, or risking it all, or planning ahead. He’s all over the place as the stresses of war get to him. Kevin completely breaks down and is basically useless the entire book. And Fi and Ellie grow even closer, to totally and completely BFF. This book contains all of the explosions and firestorms and chaos that was missing in the last book. Not only do our teen heroes manage to escape with their lives, but they royally fuck up the airfield. They escape Wirrawee down the river and end up in Stratton – the same place they were held prisoner and was bombed by the Kiwis in Book 3. Stratton’s quieter these days, ruled by fearless street kids and not many soldiers. Even then, it’s Lee who screws up and nearly gets everyone murdered by visiting his bit on the side. If it weren’t for Ellie keeping an eye on him and burning down a barn, he’d be dead. As it is, Ellie explores her feelings for him in this book. She also spends a lot of time thinking about Robyn, which I think is lovely, because I freaking loved Robyn. With the extra danger, bigger explosions, and general chaos interspersed with character-building introspection and quieter moments demonstrating the normal life of an invaded country still at war, this is one of the better books in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Anthony

    Another good entry in the series, although I'm happy there are only two more left as this was definitely the weakest book so far. Still strong, but minor annoyances from the previous books are beginning to grate a little. After the failed bombing of the airbase in the last book, the gang find themselves in the 'unlucky' position of getting taken into the base while hiding in the back of a truck from some troops, suffice to say, craziness ensues. The attack on the base, is as always with this ser Another good entry in the series, although I'm happy there are only two more left as this was definitely the weakest book so far. Still strong, but minor annoyances from the previous books are beginning to grate a little. After the failed bombing of the airbase in the last book, the gang find themselves in the 'unlucky' position of getting taken into the base while hiding in the back of a truck from some troops, suffice to say, craziness ensues. The attack on the base, is as always with this series, very tense and the action flows extremely well...with about a hundred pages dedicated to pure action. Previous little annoyances are starting to rear their head though, a lot of what these kids do is based on luck, and it's getting to the point where they are seeming 'too' lucky for it to be believable, Lee's 'other woman' was also quite stupid, especially since it seems very out of character and hardly any page time was really dedicated to it. Also, annoying bloody orphans, which I'm told appear in the next book. Bad times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Plot summary: After the disappearance of the New Zealand troops in Darkness, Be My Friend, Ellie and her friends are back in Hell. But when they're informed that air support can't be spared to get them out, they decide that it's time to take action. After finding out what's been happening to their family and friends, they're all out for a little revenge. Thoughts: The title of this book is enormously appropriate. Yes, they're all still emotionally traumatised by the war. But their desire to fight Plot summary: After the disappearance of the New Zealand troops in Darkness, Be My Friend, Ellie and her friends are back in Hell. But when they're informed that air support can't be spared to get them out, they decide that it's time to take action. After finding out what's been happening to their family and friends, they're all out for a little revenge. Thoughts: The title of this book is enormously appropriate. Yes, they're all still emotionally traumatised by the war. But their desire to fight back has reappeared. And it's summer, so what better way to fight back than with fire! It's a theme throughout the book - there are explosions and action aplenty. The gang end up in the most dangerous situation yet, and are forced to confront their feelings about each other, the war, and themselves as individuals.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Ashleigh ♥ contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!

    AWESOME i loved the nitty gritty stuff - this book isnt nice, it doesnt cut back on the details because they make us uncomfortable. it gets right up in your face and makes you feel like your the main character going through this war just trying to survive and help get your country back. ellie, the main character isnt out there she totally believable with normal teenage flaws. actually its kind of creepy for an older male author to get it so right. while im sure many parents wouldnt want there chi AWESOME i loved the nitty gritty stuff - this book isnt nice, it doesnt cut back on the details because they make us uncomfortable. it gets right up in your face and makes you feel like your the main character going through this war just trying to survive and help get your country back. ellie, the main character isnt out there she totally believable with normal teenage flaws. actually its kind of creepy for an older male author to get it so right. while im sure many parents wouldnt want there children to read this series because of the violence i highly recommend it - but i would put an age limit on it. no one under 15.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Probably the most emotional story yet! Whew... The teens accidently find themselves right in the middle of the mission that failed in the last book. Kevin falls appart and the others have no choice but to drag him along right into the middle of the action.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    ~2010 Maj 2015 April 2021

  16. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    "I had thought there was no hope. I had thought there was no solution. I thought death was the only option. Now I realised that by our own determination we'd made things happen. We'd found answers where there were none. I promised myself to remember this lesson forever." Creo que este libro es un poco similar al anterior: es un poco de relleno, y las cosas que pasaron no lograron sorprenderme del todo. A pesar de eso, creo que hubo más acción que en el anterior. Mi problema, otra vez, "I had thought there was no hope. I had thought there was no solution. I thought death was the only option. Now I realised that by our own determination we'd made things happen. We'd found answers where there were none. I promised myself to remember this lesson forever." Creo que este libro es un poco similar al anterior: es un poco de relleno, y las cosas que pasaron no lograron sorprenderme del todo. A pesar de eso, creo que hubo más acción que en el anterior. Mi problema, otra vez, es que hay mucho individualismo dentro de nuestro grupo de amigos, y me hubiera gustado que a pesar de todo lo que pasaron puedan resolver sus diferencias, por suerte al final se fue arreglando un poco eso. Las revelaciones fueron bastante meh, no me aportaron mucho, aunque tengo que admitir que el final me dejó bastante intrigada. "I began to think the damage to our country, to us even, went so deep now that it would never fully be repaired. I realised the worst damage wasn't the bombed buildings, the burnt-out cars, the shattered windows. It wasn't even the neglected farms and the holes in the fences and the crops gone to seed. It was the damage deep inside us."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Harrison

    I remember loving the action of this book most of all as a teen, but on re listening, the structure is really quite all over the shop.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nairabell

    Ellie and her friends decide to leave the safety of Hell to journey to the nearby town of Stratton. It's a perilous journey not least of all because the enemy's headquarters are somewhere along the way. A careless mistake leads the group into the most dangerous situation yet and presents them with their greatest opportunity when they find themselves within the enemy's heavily fortified airbase. But how much are the teens willing to risk, and when it comes to revenge or escape what will they choo Ellie and her friends decide to leave the safety of Hell to journey to the nearby town of Stratton. It's a perilous journey not least of all because the enemy's headquarters are somewhere along the way. A careless mistake leads the group into the most dangerous situation yet and presents them with their greatest opportunity when they find themselves within the enemy's heavily fortified airbase. But how much are the teens willing to risk, and when it comes to revenge or escape what will they choose? This is the fifth book in the Tomorrow series (after Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Dead Of Night, The Third Day, The Frost and Darkness, Be My Friend) and continues the story of the teens fighting a guerilla war against invaders. The pace of the book is pretty up and down and it did mean at times I found my interest waning. Parts of the book are action packed and fast paced, but the start and middle are more introspective and far slower in pace. One thing I did notice with this book was that at times I found it hard to keep reading, partly due to the pacing issues and also partly due to Kevin. He becomes very withdrawn in this book which is understandable, he's been a captive and his girlfriend died at the hands of the invaders, but it does make the book quite depressing at times. After the epic failure of everything the teens tried to do in the previous book, this one sees them be more successful in their fight but lacks the emotional high. All in all this was a great read and I'm looking forward to The Night Is For Hunting. Plot: 8/10 Characters: 9/10 Ending: 7/10 Enjoyment: 7/10 Cover: 9/10 Overall: 40/50

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Picking up shortly after the conclusion of Darkness, Be My Friend, the teens find themselves back in Hell, feeling like they have been abandoned by the New Zealanders after their failed attempt to sabotage the local airport. Each is driven by their own feelings as to what they want to do next, but as a group they once again make a decision and stick to it. After deciding that staying in Hell is not in the best interests of the group as a whole, they decide to make the trip to the nearest big city Picking up shortly after the conclusion of Darkness, Be My Friend, the teens find themselves back in Hell, feeling like they have been abandoned by the New Zealanders after their failed attempt to sabotage the local airport. Each is driven by their own feelings as to what they want to do next, but as a group they once again make a decision and stick to it. After deciding that staying in Hell is not in the best interests of the group as a whole, they decide to make the trip to the nearest big city, Stratton, in hopes of making contact with their families, some of which are rumoured to be working in the nearby vicinity. On a personal note, when reading these books I always come across more and more Australian slang words that I had completely forgotten about over the past few years, and I loved it (and even tried some out on friends and colleagues, with much hilarity and strange looks ensuing). I've always wondered how this comes across to readers who aren't Australian or haven't been exposed to the slang before, but this whole series definitely FEELS Australian, and I'm glad that hasn't faded away. Ellie continues to feel conflicted about her feelings for Lee, and there's a quite grown-up perspective to how they behave with each other which reflects just how much the characters have matured and continue to do so. Burning for Revenge is probably the most action packed book of the series so far - the group embarks on yet another act of sabotage, which is probably the most on-the-fly thing they have done so far - and they utilise both their old knowledge and bravery they have gained along the way. The final act of the book is also incredibly intense, and really shows the lengths that the characters go to to protect each other - and even forgive something they could never have moved on from in the past. Burning for Revenge is the fifth installment of the Tomorrow series, and although the risk with such a long series is that the plot and characters can feel a bit similar, Marsden continues to up the ante both in terms of intensity and in how far the teens go to try and sabotage the enemy that has invaded Australia.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sannie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First things first: Seriously, the Tomorrow series is better than The Hunger Games. Way cooler lead female character who doesn't whine nearly as much. Burning for Revenge is the fifth book in the series and the story hasn't gotten old. Granted, the targets that Ellie, Homer, Lee, Kevin, and Fi pick out keep getting bigger and bigger, but it doesn't seem contrived. I don't know how Marsden manages it because normally, I would think, "Right, a bunch of teenagers are going to take out an airfield." First things first: Seriously, the Tomorrow series is better than The Hunger Games. Way cooler lead female character who doesn't whine nearly as much. Burning for Revenge is the fifth book in the series and the story hasn't gotten old. Granted, the targets that Ellie, Homer, Lee, Kevin, and Fi pick out keep getting bigger and bigger, but it doesn't seem contrived. I don't know how Marsden manages it because normally, I would think, "Right, a bunch of teenagers are going to take out an airfield." But the characters seem real enough and they have enough screw ups and mistakes that it feels possible. Moreover, Marsden doesn't make his characters fearless. I like that in Burning for Revenge, the characters talk more about being scared. Throughout the series, we are constantly reminded that the characters are just teenagers trying to survive a war and that they have emotional and psychological scars in addition to the physical ones. They also have their teenaged fights that end up bigger than they should be because of the fact that they are at war. I am just curious as to how the series ends since there are only two more books to go.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Stranded in their home country of Australia, Ellie, Homer, Lee, Kevin, and Fi struggle to find a way to make a difference in the war. With no sign of the Kiwi soldiers, they know they are on their own once again. With security tightening around the area, it is more difficult than ever to move around the occupied areas. When an amazing opportunity falls into their laps, they can't ignore it - no matter how dangerous. Knowing they might not make it out alive - Ellie and her friends set out to hurt Stranded in their home country of Australia, Ellie, Homer, Lee, Kevin, and Fi struggle to find a way to make a difference in the war. With no sign of the Kiwi soldiers, they know they are on their own once again. With security tightening around the area, it is more difficult than ever to move around the occupied areas. When an amazing opportunity falls into their laps, they can't ignore it - no matter how dangerous. Knowing they might not make it out alive - Ellie and her friends set out to hurt the invading army and give New Zealand the upper-hand in the battle. BURNING FOR REVENGE takes Ellie's story to the 10th degree. Things explode, people are killed, and relationships change. Ellie is forced to examine her feelings about what has been happening during the war - how much she's changed, how much her friends have changed, and what they are willing to do to survive.

  22. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Damn, this is starting to get boring. I think Marsden realised that the only way to keep such a series interesting was to keep ramping up the action, but after a while the sheer repetition and the constant tension gets boring anyway. It was pretty obvious at the end of the third book that he at least left himself the option of turning it into a trilogy. I wonder why he didn't just leave it there? Did he want more money, was he under pressure from his fans, did he just feel like writing some more Damn, this is starting to get boring. I think Marsden realised that the only way to keep such a series interesting was to keep ramping up the action, but after a while the sheer repetition and the constant tension gets boring anyway. It was pretty obvious at the end of the third book that he at least left himself the option of turning it into a trilogy. I wonder why he didn't just leave it there? Did he want more money, was he under pressure from his fans, did he just feel like writing some more of it? I can't be certain until I've finished, but I think it might have been better left as a trilogy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    Wow, this one was thrilling!! I pretty much read it all in one go and couldn't put it down, I was glued to the pages and hovering on the edge of my seat, practically holding my breath. Their attack on the airfield (at last!) had me absolutely terrified for them, I was certain that all five wouldn't make it out alive. (view spoiler)[And then later on when Ellie followed Lee - the traitorous jerk! - I was certain that he was doomed as well... maybe a little sad that he did end up making it after w Wow, this one was thrilling!! I pretty much read it all in one go and couldn't put it down, I was glued to the pages and hovering on the edge of my seat, practically holding my breath. Their attack on the airfield (at last!) had me absolutely terrified for them, I was certain that all five wouldn't make it out alive. (view spoiler)[And then later on when Ellie followed Lee - the traitorous jerk! - I was certain that he was doomed as well... maybe a little sad that he did end up making it after what he did ;) (hide spoiler)] Also, Fi said oh my god! If she's said that before I haven't noticed it, because it surprised me that she'd moved on from "gosh". War changes everyone!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    5 out of 7 books. I should probably take a break and read something else before continuing on with this series because these teenagers are starting to wear me out. The action sequences were good but I skimmed many pages of Ellie (Mr. Marsden) philosophizing over anything and everything. Being in her head starts to give me a headache. No wonder her boyfriend cheated on her and one of the other kids is having a mental breakdown. The girl can be annoyingly intense or intensely annoying, either way. 5 out of 7 books. I should probably take a break and read something else before continuing on with this series because these teenagers are starting to wear me out. The action sequences were good but I skimmed many pages of Ellie (Mr. Marsden) philosophizing over anything and everything. Being in her head starts to give me a headache. No wonder her boyfriend cheated on her and one of the other kids is having a mental breakdown. The girl can be annoyingly intense or intensely annoying, either way.... I will finish the next 2 books soon but need to switch gears for a couple days.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Another great read in the teen series, this book moves at a frenetic pace and is hard to put down. Sometimes I find the coincidences get a little grating - they are often on the brink of being discovered/shot/captured and then something miraculous happens and they survive to fight another day, but the strength of these books lies in their development of human relationships and how the teens cope in such a stressful environment. Every time I finish one of these books I wish I had the next one to Another great read in the teen series, this book moves at a frenetic pace and is hard to put down. Sometimes I find the coincidences get a little grating - they are often on the brink of being discovered/shot/captured and then something miraculous happens and they survive to fight another day, but the strength of these books lies in their development of human relationships and how the teens cope in such a stressful environment. Every time I finish one of these books I wish I had the next one to start straight away - best get off to the library ASAP!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I like the premise of this series, and I did enjoy the first book, but I'm pretty sure I stopped reading the series in the middle of this book. I just lost interest. In my own opinion each book felt similar and I became bored. I guess this isn't really my preferred genre. I would like to eventually go back and re-read the books I've read and finish the series. One day... I like the premise of this series, and I did enjoy the first book, but I'm pretty sure I stopped reading the series in the middle of this book. I just lost interest. In my own opinion each book felt similar and I became bored. I guess this isn't really my preferred genre. I would like to eventually go back and re-read the books I've read and finish the series. One day...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Grey Berry

    In my opinion this was a great book. This book kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more. The other did a great job showing the characters emotions. I can't wait to read the other five books. That is how good i thought this book was. I just want to keep reading. I highly recommend this series. In my opinion this was a great book. This book kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more. The other did a great job showing the characters emotions. I can't wait to read the other five books. That is how good i thought this book was. I just want to keep reading. I highly recommend this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I've been dragging these books out for a year now, savoring them, not wanting the series to end. And each time I read one of them, I fall in love all over again. They are brilliant. I've been dragging these books out for a year now, savoring them, not wanting the series to end. And each time I read one of them, I fall in love all over again. They are brilliant.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hate Lee so much.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darce

    This book series is brilliant and a must read of a war, romance, adventure and survival series! My full series review is on Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1).

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