Book: Oblivion

"Oblivion"

The earth has almost been destroyed by the forces of darkness. Those who have survived are barely human, drifting in a world ruled by famine, terrorism and war. Any last hope now rests with five extraordinary teenagers: the Gatekeepers.

The Five must find each other and make a final stand against Chaos, King of the Old Ones … but Chaos is everywhere. He calls to them from Antarctica where he is gathering his forces, preparing for a last battle in the frozen wasteland of Oblivion. And one of the Five has turned traitor. The others know that without him they cannot win.

Chaos beckons. Oblivion awaits.

Four years of waiting, and this is where it ends. With 668 pages–and with me not knowing what to say.

Did I like how it ended? Yes… and no. I enjoyed the book, the journey that each Gatekeeper took, and I really liked the vibe the book emanated–that no one was safe, and that there’s a possibility the story would end sourly for our heroes. Midway through the book, we already know the fate of one of our main characters–and it’s not disappointing.

What I really, really didn’t like though was the end.

There’s a reason why Holly, a character who first appears in this book, is the one telling the story of the last battle. And while I appreciate the effort author Anthony Horowitz makes in telling a good story, there was also a feeling that the bookenders did not come out naturally–that it was forced to start with Holly, and end with Holly.

I especially did not like the epilogue. Of how we find out what happens after the war. That last few pages really spoils my enjoyment for the whole book.

This is why I both liked and disliked the last book off The Power of Five series. Anthony Horowitz delivers a finale that really gives us readers what we want (and liked) from the series. But, at the same time, he gives us an ending that is just too clean.

I would have preferred it had author Horowitz ended the book without the epilogue. And then, maybe, release a companion book later on to detail what happened after the war. But without the epilogue we got

I really, really wish the epilogue did not exist.

And I still can’t move on from my extreme dislike of said epilogue. So let’s just cut away to what other people wrote about the end of The Power of Five series:
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Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Freefall Part Three

"Buffy, the Vampire Slayer"With the destruction of the seed, the fight against Twilight was brought to an end, and magic’s connection to our earth was severed. No more Slayers will be chosen. No more Slayerarmy. No more gang: Buffy’s a waitress in San Francisco; Dawn and Xander are attempting normal domesticity; Willow is struggling with the loss of her powers. It’s a new(ish) world, but there are still demons and vampires to slay–even as their popularity with the masses continues to grow–and Bufffy is on point to do what she has always done.

She is the Slayer.

Buffy just keeps bringing on the twist. After the second issue’s showstopper, where it was revealed to us (the readers) that there’s a new kind of Slayer in town, the third issue twists the twist anew. I think we have just met Season 9’s big bad–if he does turn out to be the big bad. He could just be the mid-bad. Or a small bad.

Nevertheless, the new season of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer is certainly hitting the right buttons for me. I’ve already said in my previous blog post how it’s more reminiscient of the television series than the season eight. And I would like to reiterate this. Buffy fans will no longer need to justify themselves when buying this title. Because everything they (and by that, I mean ‘we’) loved in the series is back. My gripe, if it can be called as such, is how slow stories tend to run–because we have to wait a month in between issues. And since an issue normally just takes up one episode body (a one-hour drama has four to five bodies in an episode), an episode of the comic series takes up four months to finish.

But that’s a small price to pay for quality story-telling, right?

Thing is, because the events of one comic book is too short for a full-fledged blog post, I’m going to have to end it here. Because if I get into details of what I liked about the issue–I might end up spoiling it.