Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow, #5)
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Burning For Revenge (Tomorrow #5)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  9,066 ratings  ·  188 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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Annemarie
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..:)
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...more
Luke
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...more
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...more
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...more
P.Sannie
Dec 24, 2012 P.Sannie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to P.Sannie by: Linda
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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...more
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)...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im 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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
Morgan
This book is the best in the tomorrow seris so far, it had me reading it 9 o'clock each night. this book was completely unpredictable, crazy, and scary. the main character in this book is ellie, homer, fi and kevin who had a nervice break down in this book, normally he has a strong personality and is always perservering, but in this one he just couldn't cope with their biggest attack ever. ellie's personality ahs been changing as well, before she cared for everything and anything but now, she do...more
Ryan  Buckby
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 E...more
Helder  Castro
Devo dizer que o quarto volume de me deixou algo desanimado, faltava acção, adrenalina, sucesso e derrota...
Mas o autor brilhou neste livro! saiu da monotonia, desactivou a segurança e atirou as personagens para o meio da guerra!
Foi ousado, mas conseguiu prender-me na leitura.
Sim, é um facto que as personagens começam a sofrer alguns danos psicológicos irreversíveis, mas a luta que eles estão a travar exige acção, mesmo que signifique que um grupo de adolescentes tenha que crescer de um modo sim...more
Erin
Nov 23, 2013 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: series
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...
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.
Lyrica
Der schwächste Band der Reihe

Cover:
Ich finde, dass hier Cover und Titel sehr gut zusammenpassen, da der Flughafen eine sehr wichtige Rolle in diesem Band spielt und durch die Explosionen wird der Durst nach Rache auch bildlich gut umgesetzt.

Meinung:
Ich muss sagen, dass ich diesen Teil der Reihe bisher sehr schwach finde und etwas enttäuscht war, dass so wenig passiert ist.
Ellie und ihre Freunde überlegen sich, welche Angriffe sie nun gegen die Feinde vornehmen wollen und finden sich durch einen...more
Tahlia
"speechless"
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...more
Tyler Suzuki Nelson
So, I've been slacking off on these book reviews. It's been a while, so I'm just going to combine my book reviews for A Killing Frost, Darkness, Be My Friend, and Burning For Revenge.

A Killing Frost is thus far my favourite book in the series. From what I can remember, I was kept in a suspenseful state the whole time I was reading the novel. That being said, it also made me cry at one point because of something that happened. I read a spoiler at one point, and expected something to happen. It di...more
Lucille
Ellie, Lee, Homer, Kevin and Fi feel abandonned. Once again, they are stranded in Hell. Colonel Finley says that he cannot spare a helicopter to pick them up and they have no idea what happened to the dozen kiwi troups that they came back to Australia with. After their failed attempt to sabotage the airfield, the group is at a loss, and each member is taking it in a different way. But they feel that they can't just stay in Hell forever. They decide to go on a trip away from Wirrawee with the hop...more
Cass -  Words on Paper
4/5

Big turning point for the war. More explosions, more danger, more close calls...

I love this series so much. The writing style is unlike anything else. Even though this book is a recount and told from the point of view of Ellie, it's so easy to get absorbed in the plot and think This is the end! even though there's clearly like 100 pages to go. Great series and I still feel it's one of the more realistic in the YA dystopian/war-genre. What really makes it stand out among others is that it incl...more
Jo
The fifth book in John Marsden's fantastic Tomorrow Series lived up to my every expectation. As with the previous books in the series, it was a mix of fast-paced action scenes, moments of introspection, and a lively and authentic mix of characters doing the best they can to be teenagers in a world gone mad.

This book starts at a low point, with the kids feeling disappointed that none of their recent efforts have succeeded. As the book progresses, they are tested again and again, in ways none of t...more
Jamtheory
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Georgie
This is the fifth book in the 'Tomorrow' series, and it's every bit as good as the previous four books.
After hanging around Hell for some time, Ellie and her friends decide to try to make their way to Stratton, a nearby town.
They actually end up pulling off a pretty amazing and very strategically important attack on the enemy, after which they have to escape enemy soldiers and make their way to Stratton and relative safety.

While the attack they pull off and how they plan it and get away after is...more
Amanda
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Jolanta Stephens
This is the fifth book in the Tomorrow Series and just when you thought the characters really could do no more damage, they pull off the ultimate guerrilla act. I read all of these books back when I was in year 8 (so, about 15 years ago... holy crap!) and understandably, I don't really remember much of the stories, except that I loved them and couldn't get enough of them. 15 years on, I'm still of the same opinion. This book was another great installment of the series. Where I honestly expected...more
Gina
I decided to read this book because I have read the previous books in the series last year and wanted to see what happens in this book. It fits in the category of your own choice as it fits into no other category on the bingo board. My favourite quote in the book is "Homer cleared his throat and spoke. As he did, the words seemed to hang in the air as though they were engraved there. Like they were written in rock. 'We're home already'." This is my favourite quote because it is very descriptive...more
Liz Murray
This series has really grown on me. I'm going to feel a sense of loss when it's over. It takes me back to being a teenager, that's a large part of its appeal for me. Marsden has a gift for writing such believable teenage kids, especially Ellie. I never find it cliché even when I know it will turn out for the best. I think many of us would wish to have their courage, tenacity and ability to stand up for their homes against a powerful enemy.
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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...more
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We were dancing round yelling: ‘We’ll burn it off! Get the petrol! Stay
still Mr Kassar, you can trust us!’
He wimped out though, and made us use salt. Very boring.”
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