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I've always loved how varied each book in The Power of Five is, and Oblivion takes that to new heights. It's unlike any of the other entries in the series, and even the story threads within the main plot straddle multiple genres, locations, and themes.
The slow reveal of how the status quo has shifted is gripping. and Oblivion maintains that intrigue throughout as it explore how this shift has affected different parts of the world. Horowitz has essentially stripped down this universe to its core, then built an entirely new one around it. This means that long time readers and newcomers are all introduced at the same pace, creating a self contained story for all, with many extra layers of depth for fans.
Oblivion pulls no punches, no one is safely hidden behind plot armour, making the whole experience enthralling from start to finish.
The narrator does a good job conveying both the subtleties of dialogue and the urgent pace of action. The American accent is really quite wonky but otherwise he does the material justice.
A must listen for fans of the series, and definitely something to consider if you're a newcomer. A true epic.
Would you try another book written by Anthony Horowitz or narrated by Paul Panting?
Yes, although Paul's American accent is appalling
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
It felt rushed - trying to cram too much into one (albeit very long) book. Almost seemed like the writer was getting bored at the end and wanted to get it done, rather than thinking about how to effectively bring the series to an exciting close.
What aspect of Paul Panting’s performance might you have changed?
Hi false American accent.
Could you see Oblivion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Only with a major rewrite of the ending.
Amazing! Anthony Horowitz writes beautifully, keeping you on edge and making you care deeply about the characters. Paul Panting’s reading is superb, managing to delineate several individual characters with his voice, and adding depth to the words. It works as a stand-alone book, but it really is best if you have heard the previous four.