Monday, November 26, 2012

Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz

About the Book

Having escaped from Hong Kong, the Five Gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are scattered in a hostile and dangerous world. As they struggle to re-group and plan their next move, the malevolent King of the Old Ones gathers his forces in Oblivion: a desolate landscape where the last survivors of humanity must fight the ultimate battle.


OBLIVION is packed with adventure, adrenaline rushes, baddies taken to a whole new super-natural level, a world filled with magic and a group of five (The Five) very different, unique characters who you cannot help but want to be friends with. 

Ashamedly, this was my first Anthony Horowitz but now I am certain, this won’t be my last *to be read while raising fist to the air, triumphant music blaring*.  

Horowitz has a gift. There are not many authors who can write so many different plots, various dark and tumultuous set ups, and still remember which character is who and where. Especially while throwing in some time-travel, blood-shed and a three-ton wall-crawling spider. 

Horowitz takes us on a journey through a post-The-Old-Ones-apocalypse world, visiting destroyed cities of Brazil, England, Italy, Egypt and, interestingly, Antarctica (which I now believe makes the most sense for where an evil force out to destroy man-kind will set up camp. Just FYI). 

Through adept story-telling via the voices of The Five, the reader follows them through harrowing tales of shadow escapades to try and stop this new world they have created of hunger, torture, evil, slavery and a desperate desire to claim back the human world.  

On a side note, a trend that I am noticing through adventure, kids-save-the-world-stories, is that five seems to be a good number if you have to fight a mean and powerful ‘you will never succeed’ ‘it is impossible’ all-powerful force (Famous Five, Legacies series, The Power of Five, Baker Boys, and Scooby Doo). Best I start picking out my Top Four best friends! Just in case. 

But back to OBLIVION. Horowitz has turned me into a fan (the ‘the call is coming from inside the house’ type of fan). The final book in The Power of Five series can be read as a stand-alone (though I really wish I had the previous four first, and I would recommend you do so just because you want to pick up another of Horowitz’ books straight after the final page of the last one). 

Fans of The Power of Five series have been waiting patiently for this final installment for four years. Worth the wait! One of the countless things that I loved about this book is what I think Horowitz did, by analyzing our current political and climatic flux and writing a resulting story of ‘what if this doesn’t get fixed?’ 

Yes, OBLIVION is 650 pages in length, which I l know can be quite daunting to some. But once the book has been picked up, and you’re three pages in, the other 647 pages fly by.  

Speaking of flying by, a little criticism that I have (note, just one) is that the end-scene, the battle between The Five and the Old Ones, ended a little too soon for my liking. It took 640 pages to get to that scene and within three pages, it was all over. However, it is a small niggle and not something to focus on as it is overpowered by how fabulous the rest of the book is. 

The book has been pushed as young adult fiction but it is definitely for adults as well, and my favourite cross-over for 2012.

Again, I reiterate that I am looking for another four people to stand beside me during the possible world apocalypse. If you can control the weather, read minds or lift buildings, please inbox me your details. I will be in London, scouting out the Horowitz home for all alarm systems and entrance points.
- Review by Tarryn Talbot

About the Author

Anthony has written over 35 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. The Alex Rider series is estimated to have sold 13 million copies worldwide. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk was published in November 2011 and was internationally lauded as the top title of the autumn. His next novel, Oblivion, is much anticipated for October 2012.

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Here is where it gets gripping, Pan Macmillan South Africa are giving away 3 (yes, three) copies to three winners of Anthony Horowitz's new and final installment of the Power of Five series, Oblivion. All you have to do is fill out the form below and rub that genie's belly ... GOOD LUCK!

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Chrizette said...

Did I miss a dystopian series here! Loved the review Tarryn, will definately be looking at getting these books.

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