Burning for Revenge by John Marsden
Genre: YA Fiction
Series: #5 in the Tomorrow series
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1997
The Short Version:
Australia has been invaded and a group of teenagers continue their battle to stay alive and cause trouble for the invaders.
Why I Read It:
This has been a well done series so far and it had been a while since I read the last one so it was a perfect choice to round out January Long-Awaited Reads month.
Since this is the fifth book in the series it’s difficult to not give away events from previous books. If you haven’t read through book 4 in this series, you should skip on down to the My Thoughts section now.
After returning to Australia to lead a group of New Zealand soldiers the teens are back on their own after being separated from the Kiwis. After returning to their old hideout and being told via radio that it’s too dangerous for them to be picked up again and returned to New Zealand they decide to do something.
The war has taken it’s toll on their group and some of them are handling it better than others. Doing something seems better than hiding and waiting. They decide to make a daring attempt to complete the mission of the lost New Zealand troops and inflict as much damage as possible on the Wirrawee airfield.
When I first started this series I knew it had similarities to the movie Red Dawn but the first book was so much better than that movie (the original – I haven’t seen the remake). Then the second and subsequent books continued to be excellent.
Marsden does an amazing job of portraying this group of teenagers who have been thrust into a war. Their adventures are exciting but at the same time they’re kids dealing with things that kids shouldn’t have to deal with. Along with the usual relationship and growing up turmoil that comes along with being in your late teens, these kids are just trying to stay alive.
I feel like I’ve come to know Ellie over the course of the series. She narrates it and she pulls no punches as she tells the story. She has times when she’s confident and strong and she has times when she’s not sure she can go on. All of the kids face their own insecurities
As I’ve said before about this series, the story is told with brutal honesty about events as well as the feelings Ellie and her friends deal with. With only a handful of people she truly trusts and facing death or capture nearly every day, Ellie and her friends have had to mature as this series progresses. They face their insecurities at the same time they face the realities of war and survival.
This is a series that really needs to be read in order. The first one is Tomorrow, When the War Began. If you haven’t read it yet, you should.