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Night is for Hunting, The (Tomorrow #6)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,191 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
They are the enemy. And they’re still out there. They’re in your street, your home, the safest places you know. You feel their hot breath…even in the depths of Hell.

Ellie and Homer are out there too. Lee and Fi and Kevin. They’ve forgotten what it means to be safe. Sometimes they feel like there’s nowhere left for them.

They may be right.
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Published May 21st 2012 by Bolinda Audio (first published 1998)
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Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
Our teen heroes are forced to evacuate Stratton with a bunch of feral orphan children when the soldiers get too close. Upon returning to Hell, the children decide to abandon the teens, who now feel responsible for them. After being rescued, they then celebrate Christmas.

The plot doesn’t sound that interesting, but it really is. See, Ellie and Lee rescue the kids at gunpoint and fly out of Stratton with the other teens in a stolen truck. Upon abandoning the truck, it’s found one of the children h
Okay, I LOVE the Tomorrow series, but this one is undoubtedly the nadir. In this book, no lie, the teens stumble upon a pack of feral kids, lead them out into the bush, and baby-sit them. For the entire book. Don't worry, the series does recover in book 7, so if you've made it this far in the series, just stick it out.
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
I think I started this 2 YEARS ago, and I have finally finished, thanks to the commute to uni :P
It's not that I didn't enjoy it, I just eventually forgot about it over time. So glad I began listening to it again, I can't wait to start the next (and last) book in the series!
A bit slow at times & there didn’t seem to be a lot happen in this book (a lot of just hiding out)but when things got going it was action packed with our group of teens coming face to face with the enemy soldiers more than once. Plus we get a lot of insight into Ellie & just how she is dealing with the war & how much it has changed her.
This is the 2nd last book in this great series & it ends on a cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to the final book (The Other Side of Daw
Aww man, only one more book to go now! I'm so glad I finally got my act together and started reading this series. Just loving it - although I admit that I thought this one started off a LOT slower than any of the others, and I was originally thinking that it was going to be the first three-star book of the series o.O but then of course it picked up and I got way more into it. I think it was just all the fuss over the kids at the start which just wasn't as thrilling as all the other stuff, and I ...more
May 13, 2012 Annemarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was wrong. This was a bit slower paced and not quite as action packed as the previous books however for me it was even more emotional with adding the young feral children.
I loved it! They cling to any normalcy they can like with the pseudo Christmas and playing games and telling stories. The little ferals.. They were strong and resilient how can we not admire them? I cried when they found Darina. I cried when Jack left weedy flowers for Ellie.. In the end this book was not a filler it was get
Ellie and her friends have decided that it's time for them to leave Stratton and return to the safety of Hell. Their time in Stratton has given them a chance to heal, but also a chance to betray and be betrayed. Still reeling from Lee's actions, Ellie becomes determined to rescue a group of feral orphans. What Ellie hasn't counted on is that the orphans may not want to be rescued.

This is the sixth book in the Tomorrow series (after Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Dead Of Night, The Third Day,
Apr 21, 2013 Wilton314 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
The Night Is For Hunting, the sixth book in the Tomorrow series by John Marsden, is as can't put it down as the previous ones. It has a different focus than before though. Less on Ellie, Homer, Lee, Fi and Kevin damaging the enemy and more on protecting themselves and nurturing the future by hiding where they are sure they will be safe, taking care of a bunch of feral kids they've rescued (against their will mind) and trying to remember the good times over the bad. I guess that is what this whol ...more
William Ristau
Nov 01, 2013 William Ristau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ellie and her friends are still hiding out in Stratton, after deciding not to return to New Zealand. That was until their safety is threatened, they decide to return to Hell once more. This time with a group of reluctant feral children. Can they protect and feed themselves and the four kids. When the safety of Hell is threatened for the first time during the war. They have to decide where to go.

This book takes place on May 22. In the city of Houghton, Australia. This is where they were invaded
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Grey Berry
Mar 04, 2015 Grey Berry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tomorrow series is a great series and it makes me want more books. The night is for hunting Is one of its outstanding books. There is a lot of suspense keeping the reader on their toes and making me not being able to take my eyes off the book. Overall is a terrific book the everyone should read.
Tyler Suzuki Nelson
Conclusion: It is incredibly difficult to write a review for a book that is a continuation in a series. How can I say much that is meaningful without giving too much away?!

This is the second last book in the Tomorrow series. Surprisingly, so late in the series, there is an introduction of some new characters. There is also some development of the existing characters.

I think the biggest difference about this book was how most of the plot concentrated on the development of the new characters and t
Oct 02, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think a lot of people probably will like this book less than all the others. Mainly because by book 6 if you're still reading, it's because you've got the formula down, you expect some explosions and close calls, and you like that! (I do) This book doesn't follow the formula the previous 5 did, but the tension is still high. I have to say I was bored by the first half, but really appreciated that Marsden changed the storytelling, introduced some new characters that showed the reader another si ...more
Jake Allwood
Apr 15, 2013 Jake Allwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was an interesting deviation in the overall plot, but the negative is that it didn't fix that deviating until the very end of the book. What I'm trying to say, all that really happens that is important is character growth and one other thing which I shall not say. I'm saying that if you didn't read this book and just went on to the book after you would be able to find out what happened fairly easily, because not much did happen. I enjoyed the change but I want ...more
Sharath Nirmala
May 25, 2015 Sharath Nirmala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about some teens living with smaller kids in forest during a war, it is called The Night Is For Hunting, it is written by John Marsden. It is a part of a whole series of the books.
The story is taking place in New Zealand, in the bushes mostly which was near to some farms, the bush is called Hell in the story, it is a weird name for a bush but it might be a good name because it is very confusing in the bush, and if you are not careful, you would be lost in the bushes. The main char
This is the 6th book and the 2nd last in the final series. The teens had to witness so much death in this book that it was emotionally exhausting to read. Also they soon discover that even their hiding place, ‘Hell’, is not safe any more as the enemy are closing in. The ending left me hanging so you know something very big is going to happen in the final book. I extremely anxious now to find out how it’s all going to end.
Michael McEvoy
This book started out great, with a big chase/escape scene, and i thought, yes, here we go again! Unfortunately, 5 more young kids, who were little shits most of the time, were introduced. They ran away, and the other characters literally spent about 50 pages looking for them. after that it got back on track. I can't wait to read the last one!
May 08, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book was kinda uneventful for me. Nevertheless, I'm excited to see how this series wraps up!
Jul 02, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow we are so close to the end- of the Tomorrow Series anyway. This book had a different tone. On one hand there wasn't any deliberate action as they sought a much-deserved break, and yet it is familiar as they head back to good ole Hell (with a little something extra).

So much little beautiful stuff happened. Lee and Ellie, Gavin and the bunch, Darina, the surrendering soldier.

I especially loved how in the epilogue Ellie mentioned her writing again as though she is clearly writing - hence
Leah (Jane Speare)
I'm so amazed Marsden still manages to make every single one of these books so engaging and exciting. The mood of this one is a bit different from the previous five, and now I'm really looking forward to the last book! Though, I will REALLY miss the series once it's over. :P
I think I liked this one the best so far. Not that the others were particularly lesser than this one, but I felt like there was something a little different, a bit more in this one, particularly the way the epilogue worked. It really leads up well to the final instalment.
Edwin Kort
Sep 25, 2015 Edwin Kort rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ryan  Buckby
Jun 22, 2014 Ryan Buckby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amidst a brutal war with no end in sight, Ellie and her four remaining friends discover that their hidden refuge becomes a crowded place when they decide to care for an uncooperative crew of orphans. Things only get worse when Ellie and Homer learn that mysterious visitors have discovered their sanctuary. Has the enemy found them out?

ok this is the 6th book of the series and for me this was the book that was very quiet and nothing really happened as much as the other ones.

it had it's moments but
Jul 13, 2016 Jordan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This whole book was a babysitting novel. No action except for a tiny escape at the beginning, a slightly bigger escape a third into it, and a short shoot out at the end. Very thing else was trying to control a bunch of kids. The kids race off into the bush and they have to after them. Then the other escape. Then they spend the rest of the book, literally, watching the kids until the aforementioned shoot out. That is it. Where's my sabotaging guerrillas? Where's my explosions? There's none. Nada. ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is a bit of a guilty pleasure with me. The stories are neither challenging nor innovative. Even so, I've enjoyed the tale of these kids from Wirrawee as they tackle the challenges of surviving as rebels in their invaded country. I'm nearly to the end of the series now, and I'm glad to see that the characters are showing something like development. That's not to say that all of these kids are growing. While Ellie and Homer are showcased in this episode, Kevin is as useless as ever.

Ho adorato questa serie fin dal primo libro e mi sono affezionata ai personaggi come fossero miei amici, piangendo per chi non è sopravvissuto alla guerra e soffrendo con chi continua a combattere... ma tra tutti e sette i libri questo è sicuramente quello che meno mi ha appassionata!
Avevo già avuto un dubbio leggendo il precedente (che era comunque molto più emozionante di questo)... erano davvero necessari sette libri per raccontare questa storia?
The night is for hunting mi ha fatto decisamen
Apr 11, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
The one where they look after the little kids. I enjoyed the development of the main characters but didn't like the introduction of new ones. Everyone seems to love Gavin except me. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Danly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
It starts with
One thing, I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time
All I know, time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away
It's so unreal, didn't look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Trying to hold on but didn't even know
Wasted it all just to watch you go
I kept everything inside and even though I tried it all fell apart
What i
Apr 28, 2013 P.Sannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to P.Sannie by: Linda
I really like this series so far, but I think The Night is for Hunting is my least favorite at this point. If I could give it a half star, it'd definitely get a 3.5 but because the series is so good, I'm giving it a 4. Nothing extraordinary happens, which is fine, but I wonder how much it develops the overarching story.

In The Night is for Hunting, we see our heroes and heroines take on a group of orphaned children. The kids are independent-minded and have their own opinion about how they will su
Jul 24, 2012 Bri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5.

I love the Tomorrow Series and in my opinion, each book it really well done. However, I just couldn't get into it as much as the pervious five. The action was very limited and it was only so-so compared to what they've done in the past. I also thought the addition of the kids was....odd. It didn't jive with the rest of the series and IMHO, I didn't find myself liking a single one of them. They were all whiney and annoying. They really didn't add much plot-wise other
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See also: John Marsden.

His first book, So Much To Tell You, was published in 1987. This was followed by Take My Word For It, a half-sequel written from the point of view of another character. His landmark Tomorrow series is recognized as the most popular book series for young adults ever written in Australia. The first book of this series, Tomorrow When The War Began, has been reprinted 26 times i
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Other Books in the Series

Tomorrow (7 books)
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)
  • The Dead of Night (Tomorrow, #2)
  • A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3)
  • Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4)
  • Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow, #5)
  • The Other Side of Dawn (Tomorrow, #7)

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“When it's all said and done, the only thing that matter in life are so damn simple. Family, friends. being safe and well. I think before the war a lot of people got sucked in by the crap on TV. They thought having the right shoes or the right jeans or the right car really mattered. Boy were we ever dumb.” 21 likes
“So I found myself telling my own stories. It was strange: as I did it I realised how much we get shaped by our stories. It's like the stories of our lives make us the people we are. If someone had no stories, they wouldn't be human, wouldn't exist. And if my stories had been different I wouldn't be the person I am.” 18 likes
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