‘Oblivion’ by Anthony Horowitz is the final book in the Power of Five series. It has been a long time coming, but I have finally had a chance of reading it. The book is long, but don’t let that deter you. Within its pages are five interconnected stories that come together at the end in a spectacular conclusion.
The beginning on the novel is cleverly done. It is introduced through the eyes of an outsider from the world of the Five and shows a very much traditional village. However, gradually you realise everything may not be quite as normal as it makes out to be. The reader is drawn in and given a false sense of security, thus allowing the reality of the situation to be put into clear perspective when it is ultimately revealed.
At moments, the novel does seem drawn out, particularly around the middle section. Horowitz spends a lot of time repeating what the reader already knows, which does put one off slightly, but the description of each place visited felt real. I know Horowitz spent a lot of time visiting the places that would provide settings in the novel, and it paid off. The different reactions of each group of people to the world’s fall into a dystopia were interesting as well. There was acceptance, denial, cannibalism and slavery.
After following the series since the beginning, it is strange to think it is over. The ending was tragic, particularly for some characters more than others, but it was a little confusing with a few ‘what?’ moments. One of the characters did have foreknowledge of what would happen and while I could have felt slightly cheated at this, it was done in a way that kept the reader guessing. There were also moments that I knew were inevitable, but refused to actually believe it would happen until it did, thus increasing the effect of the event.
If you have read the four previous books, then this is a book you have to read, if you haven’t already. If not, then it is best to start with the first one, just to be able to follow what is actually going on. The writing style is more for teenagers, perhaps for YA as well, so a warning there for any adults interesting in trying it.