Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Night Rise[The Gatekeepers #3] - Anthony Horowitz

Title - Night Rise
Author - Anthony Horowitz

The world is in great danger and only five kids can save it. But to do that, they must face off against some of the most powerful people in the world. Two of the five, Scott and Jamie, have always known they were different. Twins whose birth is shrouded in mystery, they’ve always been able to communicate with each other telepathically. Their supernatural talent has landed them no farther than a gig in a Z-grade sideshow in Reno, Nevada...until they garner the attention of a very scary clientele. Soon their lives are in jeopardy, with one of them trapped and one of them on the run.

Having delved through half of American Psycho I decided a new reading material in order to keep sane and Horowitz’s 3rd instalment of the Power of Five was indeed very enjoyable even if it is not quite restful.

This book introduces the Tyler boys, Scott and Jamie. Two out of the chosen five, the boys are endowed with psychic powers. At first presented as just telepathy between the twins it soon becomes more apparent that these boys have more than just parlour tricks up their sleeves.

Unfortunately for the boys they are attacked and Scott kidnapped by unknown assailants. This book is narrated in Jamie’s perspective as he tries to track down his brother even while he is being chased by the police for murders he did not commit. Lucky of Jamie he received an unexpected help from a strange woman by the name of Angela who is trying to track down her missing son. The book is fast paced and exhilarating with bursts of magic and fantasy weaved into a fantastic story.

I have always liked Horowitz’s world creation and this time he had really outdone himself by weaving Jamie through not just modern day Reno, Nevada  and the familiar dream world in which the five often mean but also an unfamiliar trip to the past, specifically speaking ten thousand years in the past. While I liked the rather odd and quirky seen change I have to say that I found the abrupt shift in location rather disorientating but probably no more than Jamie did. This scene change serves as more than just space filler, we finally get to meet the last person in the chosen five and it is a GIRL. From the brief meeting of the past Scarlett I am hoping that modern day Scarlett would be just as badass as the past Scar.

Overall I have to say I enjoyed this book, probably more than I did the previous instalment. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Product Detail
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Language: English
Author's Website: https://www.anthonyhorowitz.com/

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