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Book Title: Oblivion|
The author of the book: Anthony Horowitz
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The size of the: 29.88 MB
Date of issue: October 4th 2012
Read full description of the books Oblivion:4.75
If you are looking for a fantasy series that will creep you the heck out, look no further.
A very satisfying conclusion. 'Oblivion' is the fifth and final book in the Power of Five series, which is a 'middle-grade'/young adult fantasy series by Anthony Horowitz. It follows the five Gatekeepers in their quest to defeat the Old Ones.
Reading this book and finding out where the story ends, it's quite surprising to think this all began with the events of 'Raven's Gate'. So much happens in this 670 paged epic conclusion that it's hard to find where to begin with this review.
First of all I'm going to comment on a few aspects of this book without spoiling any of the plot. This book is split into sections and each section is told from each of the five in turn. While that was very interesting and I think it added more depth to each of the characters as well as the overall story since we received so much detail, I did wish that the 'story so far' almost wasn't refreshed over and over with each new perspective. I think once would have been enough rather than five times and maybe it would have cut fifty extra pages from the length of this novel. Nonetheless, I wouldn't say I was ever 'bored' while reading any part of this book.
The character development in this book was very well done, in my opinion. Obviously, Matt's character growth was very clear (and quite sad if I'm honest) but particularly the characters Scott and Pedro, who were never a main focus in the series before now, were better explored and I feel like we got to know them properly in this installment. I understood Scott a lot better and I really got to like Pedro as a character and I think he's my favourite, after Matt of course. It all began with Matt and therefore I feel a sense of loyalty which compels me to pay more attention to him as a character.
I think this book was paced perfectly, as I previously mentioned, never a dull moment. I knocked that 0.25 stars off just because of the repetitive reminders of the story so far, or else this concluding book is a overall winner for me.
Now for the spoilers...
(Only continue reading this is you have read the entire Power of Five series, to avoid being spoiled on the plot for this book and some of the previous books as well.)
As I already mentioned, this book is so eventful that it's difficult to break it down but I'll try and I'll do it chronologically.
Holly narrates this book overall in first person perspective, which is new. We begin with Jamie falling through the door in a church somewhere in the Northwest of England. I found it really interesting that the story took place ten years into the future and that each of the different countries that the five found themselves in had become dystopian lands. Holly's hometown appeared to become a weird community sort of thing where nothing could happen without a meeting being called and everyone had a role to play and they played it to survive. The rest of England was split into impoverished almost zombie like survivors of a nuclear attack and better-fed cannibalistic survivors.
The next of the five that we see is Scarlet who traveled to Egypt with Richard. This was my least favourite of the individual story lines before the five re-united, maybe because Scarlet escaped her predicament fairly easily.
Perhaps the most relevant, but definitely the most entertaining (for me) of said individual story lines was that of Scott and Pedro. As well as being dramatic, this part of the book was quite funny to me particularly the way that Scott seems to dislike Pedro and underestimate him, calling him 'stick insect' and thinking he knows not about it, when all the while Pedro understands exactly what Scott calls him but chooses not to comment/retaliate because he realises that Scott still isn't mentally stable. Scott's instability was a huge worry throughout this book, and even since the third book because it definitely foreshadows that something is about to go terribly wrong at his hands. (which is does)
Matt and Lohan playing the game of sell and steal was really clever and entertaining for me... The fact that Lohan was thinking about abandoning Matt after Matt was keeping them alive thus far really displayed the lack of loyalty he has.
The bit where Scott got someone to break Pedro's finger in order to help himself was really harsh. Also Pedro's trek through the sewers was difficult to read! Poor Pedro.
Throughout this series, we learn that killing any of the five would do no good because their other form would appear and complete the circle in their stead. Knowing this, the Old Ones decide to keep all of the five alive but weak in order to prevent the circle ever completing. That being their aim, and these being the same old ones that were defeated 10000 years ago due to Jamie's sudden appearance following Sapling's death, spells quite obviously to me that they should have just targeted Jamie all along and kill him in order to prevent the circle from ever being complete, since Jamie's other form, Sapling, was already dead. Despite being the 'Old' Ones, they aren't very wise.
I had a feeling that Richard would end up turning the knife on Matt ever since we learn that the knife would be Richard's curse or whatever it was. Matt's death was definitely one thing that really hit home since the story begins with just Matt so, despite there being five protagonists, it feels like Matt's story but he doesn't survive. It was much worse knowing that he read his fate in the Library as well. (This is where his character developed most and like I mentioned before, I found it quite sad for said reasons.)
Scott's death was also quite surprising since I had barely recovered from Matt's death ten pages ago, however it was a bit of a parallel with the old Matt sending Sapling to be sacrificed, leaving Flint as a lone twin and the present-day Matt letting Scott know his time would come, again leaving Jamie as a lone twin. It worked out in the end though as Jamie and Flint united.
Overall, I was very satisfied with this book, and I'm so glad that I decided to read this series. Anthony Horowitz does it again.
Read information about the authorAnthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recently event drama Collision, among his other television works he has written episodes for Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. Anthony became patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices in 2009.
On 19 January 2011, the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle announced that Horowitz was to be the writer of a new Sherlock Holmes novel, the first such effort to receive an official endorsement from them and to be entitled the House of Silk.
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