The Power of Five: Oblivion Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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"
'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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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.Read more ›
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?)
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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Sorry I returned this.nordered by mistake. Sure it's great but ..unfair to comment !Published 4 months ago by hayes
What a brilliant conclusion to the series. Very dark and very different to Alex Rider by the same author, for those expecting similar. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tony10uk
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