The Power of Five: Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz

The Power of Five: Oblivion

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the The Power of Five Series

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July 2013 Book of the Month The fifth and final book in this best-selling series, Anthony Horowitz gives his eager fans a roller coaster ride in this thrilling finale to his supernatural Power of Five stories. Time has moved on, the Five have been separated and the world is now broken possibly beyond repair. The Old Ones are in control but, if the Five can only get back together again, maybe they can take one last stand against Chaos. Having survived the utmost dangers, Matt, Scott, Jamie, Pedro and Scarlett are called by Chaos to Oblivion in the Antarctic where they must face the ultimate challenge if they are to save mankind. Gripping from start to finish despite its great length, Horowitz’s mastery of suspense is dazzlingly displayed.

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The Power of Five: Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz

Having escaped from Hong Kong, the five gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are lost 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 just fight the ultimate battle.

For information on all the books in the Power of Five series click the links below..

Raven's Gate

Evil Star

Night Rise




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

Anthony Horowitz discussed Russian Roulette in a special live event streamed into schools on Monday 16th June. For more information go to or watch it on the window below.

Anthony Horowitz was our Guest Editor in June 2011 - click here to see the books he chose.

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults, most recently with his highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk.

He has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielson 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.

Anthony has also created and written many major television series, including Injustice, Collision and the award-winning Foyle’s War.

Anthony Horowitz as a child:
Born in north London, Anthony says, "I think I knew with certainty that I wanted to be a writer around eight." For birthdays, he asked for books, pens and a typewriter. His schooldays were not especially happy, more like something "out of Dickens or Dahl", and one reason he began writing books for young people was "to make up for the shortcomings of my childhood".

As an adult:
Anthony has an unrivalled reputation for getting boys, especially reluctant readers, into books. In 2007, Anthony was singled out by then Education Secretary Alan Johnson as the not-so-secret weapon to get boys reading. In 2008, Anthony was made the National Year of Reading’s first Champion Author due to his regular outreach work to Youth Offenders and Looked After Children throughout the UK.

Things you didn't know about Anthony Horowitz:
1. Anthony began writing because he wanted to be like Tintin.
2. He has travelled to all the places in the Tintin books (except the moon).
3. Snatchmore Hall (in The Switch) is based on the house where Anthony lived as a child. He had a nanny, two cooks, two gardens, a chauffeur … and he hated it.
4. He was sent to a revolting boarding school, Orley Farm, in north London. The headmaster and his wife featured by name in one of his TV episodes. He depicted them as mad Nazis!
5. He takes research for his books very seriously. He has walked across the Andes and visited forbidden criminal enclaves in Hong Kong. For Point Blanc, he climbed – and operated – a 150m crane opposite the Houses of Parliament.
6. He got married in Hong Kong. He didn’t understand the ceremony because it was in Chinese.
7. He spent a year working as a cowboy in Australia. This was for fun – not for a book.
8. His passion is scuba-diving. He has dived all over the world, including Sipadan in the South China Sea, where he saw hammerhead sharks.
9. He has a chocolate-coloured Labrador called Lucky. Lucky by name, but not by nature – the dog has been run over three times!
10. He is a major film fan and goes to the cinema three or four times a week. His favourite film is The Third Man. He is also a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s mysteries.

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672 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th July 2013




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