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Like a lot of reviewers I read book 4 years ago and it was only the new Alex Rider book which made me aware this was finally out (then realised it had been out for a while but I hadn't noticed). It was a hard read, the world the 5 find themselves in is bleak, evil and violent. Some parts are just so sad and for a while I felt AH was just going to kill everyone off. I wasn't totally in love with the ending (bit unbelievable that even 60 years later no telephone or electricity) and Matt's story had me in tears. Having said that I still loved this series, some of the strongest characters AH has written. You can't just jump into the last book but need to read them all as they are not stand alone books. I read this book almost straight through as I just couldn't put it down, even when it made me angry and sad. I am still thinking about it days later and to me that is always a sign of a great book worth reading.
The final book in the five book series... This is enjoyable and generally well sustained (five books is a lot) evil vs. good fiction with young protagonists. Horowitz does not sugar coat his baddies nor the mayhem they unleash on our planet (and there are certainly plenty of venal humans who are happy to help the 'demonic' powers simply to enrich themselves - and never mind the cost to the planet or their fellow humans) so the series has a message suited to our have vs. have not times.
I read this series, when Oblivion first came out - and after seeing Horowitz on The Great British Menu, knew I had to read it again.
This time, reading the series, it seemed more bittersweet somehow. With the Corona Virus being so prevalent, with the madness in the world, Trump in Presidency and the UK in chaos from Brexit; it could almost be as though The Old One’s have returned. How I wish Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scar would appear tumbling out of a door and save us.
This is a fantastic series. It is emotional, funny, action packed. A series I will revisit regularly.
Like some other reviewers here, I started this book when I was a lot younger, aged 13-14. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 4 books, but after finishing Necropolis many years ago, realising that the final installment had not yet been written, I forgot about the books and continued down a different path. Whilst cleaning my desk, I found the original 4 books, and the story came flooding back to me, everything that had happened, everything that I was waiting for once Necropolis ended, I felt a desire to find the next installment, to see if it had been written yet, and I was happy to see that it had.
I'm 18 years old, borderline 19, and whilst this isn't The Martian or Fifty Shades of Grey, Oblivion did not disappoint, and at times I even forgot that I was reading a book aimed at younger teenagers. The story picks up 10 years later, though moments later for the five and their companions. Spread across the globe, the world is not how they once knew it. The life that existed has slowly begun to drain, global warming, terrorism, natural disasters, famine. It's a world completely crippled. Potentially not even worth saving. I have quite a busy life style, working as a sound engineer whilst finishing up my A-Levels, and I found this book particularly hard to put down.... It's a story that'll suck you in.. If you'e read the first four books, you have to read this.. If you haven't read them, go now, and come back.
After the long wait - the ending. Completing the book and the series brought, for me, a moving sense of loss and closure; the narrative all through has been so powerful. Horowitz is truly a master story-teller. I think he himself once said that he didn't write literature, he told stories. No shame in that. Perhaps 'literature' needs more story-tellers. Be prepared, Oblivion is unrelentingly bleak and harsh; everywhere the world is in ruins and pain. The device of scattering the Five at the outset means that Horowitz can spend the book bringing them back together, each with his/her individual battles to fight and enemies to be overcome. Along the way there are a few far-fetched coincidences and some issues unexplained. (First the nuclear missiles can't be used, then they suddenly can. How would Nexus have known years in advance which canal would be used and at which point the boat would be attacked?) There are also moments of pure Tolkein at the last battle as the deformed and modified creatures attack the fortress, and perhaps even of C.S.Lewis with each of the Five having their personal weapon-gift. But these are trivialities. The final twist genuinely caught me by surprise and there is real sadness in the ending, but I have to say I was hooked all the way. In fact I re-read the last pages because I didn't want the book to stop! Unlike the Alex Rider series, the Power of Five is very much a continuous narrative and the books need to be read in the right order for the saga to make sense, so if you haven't read them you need to start with Raven's Gate not Oblivion. They may be addressed to young (male?) teens but their appeal, as with all Horowitz, is universal. Completely immersive and engaging. Totally recommended. (Note to publisher: Why didn't you make the spine of the book match the previous four?)
It's a long time coming, Oblivion, and by heck is it worth the wait. Horowitz proves once again that he is a master of his craft, providing a chilling tale of the end of the world. His prose is, thankfully, far less "and now we'll pause for some irrelevant information that the character isn't going to know but I'm putting it in to show that I do my research", a personal bugbear of mine that carries over from his previous series, Alex Rider, and far more tense for it. There will be reviewers that comment on some things they don't get (I'm pretty sure we'll never get all the answers to this one, like just how the hell they managed to jump 10 years ahead) but in the end, they don't matter. Oblivion is a powerful, dark work that leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth by it's end, and yet doesn't feel bad at all.
I waited so long for this book to come out that I had all but forgotten what happened in the others by the time I got to reading it! The logical conclusion to this would be to re-read the other books but they're at home and I'm at university, however Oblivion does an excellent job of jogging your memory without leading to the tedious business of re-telling the other stories in full as many authors might have ended up doing. I first read Raven's Gate when I was 13 and it is great to finally get to the last book now I'm 19.
Following the events of Necropolis the books is broken up into several sections to spend time with each of the five in their challenge to reunite with one another. Jamie finds himself in England, Scarlet in Egypt, Pedro and Scott in Italy and Matt in Brazil. It is ten years in the future after the rise of the old ones and Horowitz has created a very bleak picture of the world. There is little in the way of light relief in this book so be prepared when you start to read! We are initially introduced to the new character of Holly, a girl who has been living in an isolated village in a post-apocalyptic Britain for the last ten years. She seems to play only a tiny role in the novel and I suspect that her sole purpose in the book is to act as the 'stupid' character to explain the happenings of the previous book to.
Some may complain that the way that Oblivion is divided into several short parts is annoying but I enjoyed it as it kept the story from growing stale, and kept my blood pressure nice and high as each character was left right in the middle of a tricky situation as we move from part to part. I also liked the 'social awareness' that Horowitz brought to the book through the dilemnas of Scott, yes the world we find ourselves in is a terrible one, but how much of that is to be blamed on the old ones and how much is simply the way that humanity, both in fiction and reality, was headed anyway?
This book was an excellent read, it tied together the loose ends from the previous books well and, especially in the case of Matt, there was a real sense of character development. If there were to be one flaw it is that after the final battle you can't help but wonder how exactly humanity does plan to restore itself? A question that is never really answered. This book stole two days of my life as once I had started reading I couldn't put it down. I accept that I am a big kid at heart and still love my 'teenagers save the world' books, however I genuinely think that this is a series of books that anyone could sink their teeth into. I am now at a total loss as to what I am going to read next!
it had been 8 years since Ravens Gate had been published, my son was 13, which is how I got into the Power of Five series. Then a five year gap between the last book and this, Oblivion the final installment. The original fans are all grown up and its almost like the series has matured with the readers, there's almost an analogy with the 10 year leap forward in time in the book and the time we have had to wait! It doesn't disappoint, it's a huge book, at 668 pages more than twice the size of Ravens Gate, the pace is fast with just the right amount of information to remind of the story so far without being tedious, and leaving you with cliffhangers within the book as it jumps between the gatekeepers and the insurmountable obstacles they face has you reading faster. The research that has gone into this is breathtaking, and to immerse yourself in writing a book that leaps between East Anglia, Naples, Cairo, Belem Brazil and Antarctica places Anthony Horowitz as one of the greatest YA writers of our time, but this isn't just for kids, I loved it, even the lump in throat ending, and so would my Dad have :( so I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes a little escapism a lot of action and a generous sprinkle of dark magic
Having written the first four entries in this fantastic series, Anthony Horowitz kept fans in suspense for what seemed like an eternity, before delivering this, the climactic volume. And what a climax! At nearly 700 pages, this is a hefty tome, however there is absolutely no fat on it whatsoever; Horowitz builds up the tension impressively, weaving the stories of the five Gatekeepers together with precision and style, and producing a book that really is virtually impossible to put down. Horowitz's true skill however, is in cherry-picking key features of classic fiction, and melding them into something that feels familiar but retains an originality that is fresh and distinctive. From the Christ-like central figure - in this tale a fifteen year old boy from Yorkshire, to the nebulous necromancer `Chaos'; Sauron-esque but perhaps even more chilling, you can see the influences, but ultimately it is a dystopian fantasy world that is all Horowitz's own, and brutally, frighteningly, bang up to date.
... but far too long. I can read books that are longer than normal but for a children's book, I felt the author was trying to write the best story possible & therefore wrote a massive paving slab of a book. I think children who like this series will struggle to finish the book as their attention span will probably be captured elsewhere. It took me a few days to read it, & I must admit even I found it a little tiring!
But, on to the story. It wraps the series up very well, I particularly liked the character of Holly, it felt like Jamie needed her & wouldn't have been able to get to Antarctica without her. The battle at the end, in Antarctica, I felt like it wasn't as 'big' as it was supposed to be. It's the end of 5 books of the authors work & I felt like we, as readers, deserved a huge conclusion. But it just felt as short as the battle in the book Nightrise. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but I did feel he could have skipped a few chapters in the middle of the book to focus more on the ending. Still, it's a fantastic book & well worth reading... if you can put up with 800 pages!