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The Night is for Hunting (1999)

by John Marsden

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You can sense that things are going to wrap up, and where they might be going in this novel. The entire series is one act setting up another, setting up another. It's something John Marsden has done very well. It helps that his writing is so easy to read, of course.

Having said that, while there was action in this book, it did feel like it was leading up to something else.

And I've never liked it when kids get involved so heavily in a plot line. I kind of wanted them out of the way :/ ( )
  whimsicalwattle | Sep 27, 2013 |
This sixth book in the Tomorrow series is just as exciting, exhausting and gripping as the five before. I love this series! ( )
  ABShepherd | May 15, 2013 |
John Marsden's Tomorrow series is one of the best Australian young adult series ever written. It follows the experiences of a group of teenagers who go camping in a serene clearing called 'Hell' and return to find their homeland invaded, their beloved pets dead and their families held prisoner at the local showground. After the initial shock and fear, they decide that it wouldn't do just to sit tight and hope for the best - better to fight. With realistic action and the conflicting emotions that come from war (at one point Ellie wonders how many people it is OK to kill just to keep herself alive), this series will have you thinking about what you would do if you were in their shoes. The Tomorrow series is neither pro or anti war. It simply tells what happens and leaves the reader to judge. If you don't read this series you are missing out on something great. ( )
  seldombites | Sep 8, 2010 |
The second of my birthday books gone - only one more to go!

The problem with the Tomorrow series is that the books are like action movies. The car chases, suspense and other action sequences are exciting, but oh, so inevitable. Each new adventure seems to be a case of "what can do this time that will be different enough to shock and amaze? How can we top the last one?"

Fortunately, John Marsden is a fantastic storyteller and there's enough balance that I don't mind the action sequences. And this one, with its emphasis on children, adulthood and responsibility, has its own special pace. Each book contributes a different aspect of living in a war. This one was a bit of a surprise - but then they all are.

And this time, the book ended on a cliffhanger that quite clearly signalled the finale - the final climax. It is clear that there were never intended to be more than seven books. But now I have to wait for another year to find out "what happened?" How does the war end? Does Australia win? Or do they have to accept that Australia belongs to someone else now? Only a year to go before I find out... ( )
1 vote mandochild | Apr 24, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439858046, Paperback)

In the penultimate installment of the internationally bestselling Tomorrow series, Ellie and her friends look after a gang of orphans whose wild behavior reveals the true impact of war.

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?

Five ordinary teens brave the worst in this electrifying continuation of their battle to stay safe and sane in a war zone that was once their home.

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While trying to care for a group of abandoned young children, five Australian teenagers continue their struggle for survival and their resistance against the enemy invading their homeland.

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