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The Gatekeepers #5: Oblivion Hardcover – April 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Gatekeepers (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 3.2.2013 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439680042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439680042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Praise for The Gatekeepers:

"Younger teens who like an exciting adventure mixed with supernatural horror will thrill to Matt's story." - VOYA

"Horowitz truly knows his way around a plot; he keeps the tension at a nail-biting level throughout." - Kirkus Reviews

"There's no denying Horowitz's talent for creating monstrous evil and pumping up the tension with bloody details, exciting escapes, and cliff-hanging sequences." - Booklist

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gatekeepers series, Raven's Gate, Evil Star, Nightrise, and Necropolis, as well as the Alex Rider series, which includes Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Arc Angel, and Snakehead. He lives in London.

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Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear -- "My father was a very secretive man," he says-- so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.
A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands&. I was an astoundingly large, round child&." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And&oh yes&there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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If you've read the other books in the series, this ties up all the loose ends.
Isabel Kozak
I would recommend this book to anyone that has been reading the series thus far and I really encourage anyone that has reservations about this series to read it!
This book is great. you cant just read this one though. as long as you read the other four books you will love this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Sang on July 4, 2013
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Out of every positive stance I could take about this book, I'm going to only focus on one and say:

I honestly can't believe just how willing Horowitz is in making his characters suffer. As a person who does writing as a hobby and has taken many Creative Writing classes, I've always come across the dilemma in both mine and my classmates' work of, "My character needs to be perfect and heroic and he won't go through pain."

Horowitz's characters go through -tremendous- pain. There are some characters that suffer more than others in my opinion, but they all go through -major- ordeals that really lends itself to the situation they've gotten themselves stuck in this time. I honestly have not held more respect for an author for their ability to really devote himself to the creation of a world, and sticking to it, than Anthony Horowitz. This man goes the extra mile in making sure than if and when his heroes succeed, it's not without its trials and consequences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.A.C. on May 8, 2013
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Anthony Hororwitz brings us into the world ten years later when the Old Ones have taken over and are causing chaos all over the world; famine in the U.S., nuclear bombings in Europe, slavery and drugs big in South/Central America, natural disasters, people driven to such desperation they become cannibals... all while the Gatekeepers have been caught in a rift after the door in Tokyo was destroyed causing them to jump forward the ten years. And they're still scattered all over the world with no idea where the others are or what to do. Pedro's in Italy with Scott, Matt and Lohan in Brazil, Scarlett and Richard in Egypt, Jamie somewhere near London. The book follows their individual quests of suffering trying to reach Oblivion, the fortress of the Old Ones while facing betrayal, Fly Soldiers, Shape changers, deranged and desperate people of the lands, and the servants of Chaos, so they may come together at last and be 5.

This is a very powerful book that shows us what it takes to be victorious, to have courage, make sacrifice. It makes you look back on the lives of all the Gatekeepers and realize that what they've been through is anything but adventurous fun. It brings out the true character of the characters and what selfless, brave people they are. They know the price of victory. They know how steep it is. Matt knows exactly what he has to go through so the world can be at peace, and its not pleasant at all, yet he does it anyway. Scott knows what has to be sacrificed, and he does it knowing what it means. Richard does what many could never in 100 years muster the courage to do. All for everyone but themselves.

The first 4 books were very good, but you couldn't have asked for a better finale. Its the best of the series by far. Its a book that really stays with you and has you thinking about for days. A book and series very much worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bibliomaniac on May 5, 2013
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I've always loved Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books, so I started reading the Power of Five. Although the first 3 books were good, they were not as great as the Alex Rider books in my POV. Yet, the 4th book was a game-changer, making the usually grim tale more poignant.

Oblivion starts with the Five being scattered across the world after they went through the door in Hong Kong. Scarlett ends up in Egypt with Richard Cole (Matt's journalist friend), Pedro & Scott are captured by the Nightrise Corp in Italy, Jaime exits into a gated society in UK and finally, Matt is on the run in Brazil with Lohan (Scarlett's bodyguard). Also, they arrive 10 years in the future where the Old Ones have already wreaked massive havoc, making the world an unrecognizable place for the Five.

The story follows different characters as the Five go through different trials to get together again in order to defeat the leader of the Old Ones (Chaos) in Oblivion, a place he chose for his final stand against the Five. To say more would be a massive giveaway.

The part that haunts me most is when Richard ends up in a boxing ring with Matt (won't say more). I actually thought of giving up on the book then & took a good 30 min break before coming back to it. Unlike Harry Potter (which is my absolute favorite), this is not a fun series with lots of laughs to dull the gruesome details. These stories are heart-rending where none of the heroes have it easy, and their struggles are constant. Maybe AH should've made these books a bit less grim - but he brings the point across with a thumping kick in the gut.

However, the last chapter was a redeemer, giving the sad sad saga of the Five an ending as happy as it was possible for them to have. All in all - the last book was a Stunning End to an Epic Tale!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mromero on April 6, 2013
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This book had brutal events, infact, so disturbing that I set it down and read a couple other books to get a break. Yes, it was good as well as gripping. I 've loved the characters from the beginning and really felt for them as they went through their trials in this final book. I cried at the end, but wondered why the book, leading up to the end, had to be so graphic/violent. I have jr.high students who are reading this series and wonder what their reactions will be. was good.
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I really enjoyed this. All 5 books were quick reads, well written and very enjoyable. I would very much recommend them.
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