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The Power of Five: Oblivion Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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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 "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
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is one of the most popular contemporary children's writers, and his Alex Rider series is enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed Diamond Brothers detective stories, as well as the bestselling The Power of Five books. Anthony has won many major awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards and the Red House Children's Book Award. He also writes extensively for TV, with programmes including Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and most recently Collision. Anthony lives in London.
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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!
It didn't reach the highs that Nightrise reached, but that's only because Nightrise was different from anything the series had produced before. But that's just me, I am certain that others would find this just as good and better than the previous four books. Well worth a read.
Final scenes seemed half hearted when compared to previous books but on a whole a very good book
I definitely recommend this to anyone who has started to read the Power of 5 series, and I recommend anyone who hasn't started the series to start! Indubitably smashing stuff.