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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Walker; Audiobook edition (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406339628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406339628
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.5 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
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"* "There is no getting away from it: Anthony Horowitz really does the business for boys... Fantastically fluent, fast-moving, intelligent, action-packed reads." Ian Hislop, The Daily Telegraph * "If Harry Potter and a new Power of Five were coming out on the same day, it would be hard to decide which to read first." The Sunday Times"

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'If Harry Potter and a new Power of Five were coming out on the same day, it would be hard to decide which to read first.' (The Sunday Times)

'Written with force and passion.' (The Independent)

'There is no getting away from it: Anthony Horowitz really does the business for boys ... Fantastically fluent, fast-moving, intelligent, action-packed reads.' (The Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Format: Hardcover
It's been a long wait for the final instalment in this series. But it was worth it. This is a remarkable series. From the dark and perplexing mystery of Raven's Gate onwards, the books went from strength to strength. For me personally, the series peaked with Nightrise; the taut spare writing, the brooding atmosphere and the almost unbearable tension were breathtaking.
I felt Necropolis was slower to get going, partly because Scarlett was less vividly drawn as a character, but also because the reader was now being spread across a number of points of view. This is an issue that dogs Oblivion too. It was inevitable, as we need to follow all five characters - and yet another point of view is added with Holly. But in Oblivion, although this makes the story long (this is a huge and heavy tome in hardback, all 668 pages of it) the switching viewpoints never make the story slow. It is thrilling from beginning to end; you never quite know where the story is going. Although there are mysterious clues and dark foreshadowings along the way, the tension of how the tale will play out is maintained right to the final pages.
At the end of Necropolis, the gatekeepers had been confronted by the Old Ones in Hong Kong and come close to being defeated. They had scarcely met before they were attacked and Scarlett was wounded. With a typhoon tearing Hong Kong and the temple apart, they had no choice but to flee back through the door. Injured and in disarray, they didn't have time to agree a destination and so they were scattered across the globe; Brazil, England, Italy and Egypt. As if that isn't bad enough, the fabric of time itself has been torn and in Oblivion the gatekeepers emerge ten years later to a very changed world.
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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.
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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?)
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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.
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