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“Darker than the first two in the series, Nightrise left many new questions with the series.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This book Nightrise is the third book of the Gatekeepers series by Anthony Horowitz. The basic summary of this book starts with introducing the twins; Jamie and Scott. They have powers to control people’s minds, able to know what they are thinking. They can just communicate by just thinking since they have their minds linked. Anyway there’s this Nightrise corporation which are actually the enemies who want these kids with power because they want to kill the five children who could save the world. The reason is because the five children have their own special power. And of course, Jamie and Scott are two of the five and soon enough Nightrise came to where they are and try to get them so they got Scott but failed to get Jamie. So the basic conflict is about Jamie who is trying to get his brother back from them and finding out later in the story that they are two of the gatekeepers. The key characters of this story are Scott and Jamie. And maybe the woman and the president could be the supporting characters in the story because in the story they help the twins. Jamie is the main character of the story is Jamie trying to get his Scott back from Nightrise, which is threatening Scott so that he erases memory of him being the one of the five.
“New Book, August 2013”Whitaker Library wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“best book in series so far ”Lillian wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Characters: Scott wasn't in the story enough for me to really form much of an opinion of him either way. And I didn't care about Jamie enough to sympathize with his feelings over losing his twin brother. I didn't dislike Jamie, but I definitely didn't like him as much as Matt. Jamie was too dependent on other people making the decisions, and while he eventually learned how to do some decision-making himself, I just never really connected to him. He seems brave enough and he isn't willing to leave Scott to his fate, not even when all seems lost, but I didn't care for him as much. I liked Alicia - Jamie's "helpful adult." She took real initiative and helped Jamie when she didn't have to. I hope that by some miracle she makes an appearance in a later book. For once, this installment didn't have a "main" villain, but several, and it was a nice change. No grotesquely altered baddies that threaten to do horrible things, but never actually get around to it.
The Romance: There isn't any!
Plot: Several days before the events of Evil Star, in Reno, Nevada, an evil group called Nightrise is hunting down twin brothers Scott and Jamie Tyler. Scott and Jamie don't know it, but they are two of the five Gatekeepers who are destined to keep the Old Ones locked safely away behind the Gates. As far as the boys are concerned, their life consists of traveling with a rundown sideshow, performing telepathy tricks for the amusement of audiences, and receiving beatings from their boss and guardian when the performances go poorly. But Scott and Jamie's telepathic link isn't a trick; they can really read people's minds - and each other's - and they can even force people to do something against their will. After one such performance, Nightrise shows up and tries to kidnap Jamie and Scott. But Jamie gets away just in time, while Scott isn't so lucky. Now it's up to Jamie to rescue his brother - the brother who has always made the decisions and protected him - before Nightrise destroys him. With the help of Alicia, whose eleven-year-old son was also taken by Nightrise, Jamie just might succeed. Nightrise initially felt more like an Alex Rider story than part of The Gatekeepers series, but that quickly disappeared as more and more bizarre things started happening. Nightrise isn't just an evil group trying to bring back the Old Ones and destroy the Five; they're a powerful corporation with their fingers in a lot of pies, and whose influence reaches to practically every country. This, of course, opens the door for the Author to disparage corporations in general, and paint them into something that they're not, which drove me up a wall. Can we please have a story without the agenda? Setting this aside, it was rather interesting to read about Jamie infiltrating the Silent Creek juvenile detention center, and then his bizarre trip back in time 10,000 years ago, when the Old Ones first came into existence. This portion was at first very confusing. Is it in the future? Is it in the past? Where is it? What's happening? How is this relevant? Why did it happen at all? It took patience, waiting for these questions to be answered - and they are, I promise. But first we have to wade through still more weirdness, an epic battle, and only then do we get explanations. It's still weird, and it felt like I had just jumped into a totally different story, but it makes about as much sense as something like that can. Despite all of this, I somehow just didn't find this particular plot as interesting as the ones in previous books. Maybe because it took place in America (which led to a totally ridiculous speech about how "the white man" was responsible for the Indians turning to alcohol, and how the only employment American Indians can get is in casinos and prisons. And who owns the casinos, I might ask? And really - every civilization on this planet has invented booze of some sort; "the white man" did not introduce this strange substance). Maybe because there were new protagonists. But it just wasn't as intriguing.
Believability: Not applicable.
Writing Style: The Author has a very movie-ish style, and it does nothing for me. But it suits the story itself, so it works well enough. I could have done without the interjection of personal opinions, though. Between the demonetization of corporations and the insidious anti-gun messages, I felt like I was being hit over the head with the same old agenda that a lot of Authors seem to throw into their stories nowadays just to make a point.
Content: 1 g--damn. The demonic imagery is even less in Nightrise than the other two books, but there is still some.
Conclusion: I'll be honest - I was actually happy that there was no one-on-one showdown between protagonist and antagonist. There was a moment of real peril, as I wasn't certain of the Author really would do away with such an important character(s), and the whole situation made for a different ending to Raven's Gate and Evil Star. The next two books ought to be really exciting, as the Old Ones are now rampant and Jamie didn't exactly win against Nightrise; not entirely. As a whole, Nightrise wasn't my favorite out of the series; I didn't attach to Jamie as much as I did Matt, the plot wasn't as interesting for me personally, and I had a difficult time ignoring the rather frequent personal opinion interjections. But Nightrise had some interesting moments and will work well as a bridge between Book Two and Book Four.
Recommended Audience: Guy-read, fourteen-and-up, fans of Anthony Horowitz and thriller/horror stories.”
“with the third book in the gatekeepers series, its just as good as the first two books. a mysterious book that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the every end.”Grayson B wrote this review Monday, March 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is a very suspenseful 3rd book to the series power of five. ”michael wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm rereading the third and fourth books of this series to lead into Oblivion, which comes out on April 1st in the United States.
This book is really great. What I loved so much about it, and what made me love it more than Evil Star, and maybe more than Raven's Gate, is how it was so grounded in reality. Much of the book didn't focus on the Old Ones, and instead focused on Jamie's struggle to find his brother. The (spoiler alert) scene when Jamie redirects the bullet to hit Susan Mortlake is so, so awesome. I don't even know what was so great about it, but I remember reading it for the first time and my mind just being blown. It was awesome the second read too.
Even the parts that DID have to do with the Old Ones, though, I thought were handled really well. While books like Evil Star and Necropolis are more central to the series' overall plot, I like books like this and Raven's Gate that use the Old Ones to explain what's been going on, not to distract from it. (That being said, Necropolis is a great book. I mainly mean that I wasn't as much a fan of Evil Star.)
Anyways, like I was saying, I liked the fantastical parts of this book, too. That long, long arc with Jamie replacing Sapling and defeating the Old Ones was a bit boring reading the second time through, but it was definitely necessary, and cleared up a lot of things. It also provides a lot of clues for things that could happen in Oblivion. I'm assuming at least one of the Five (it can't be Jamie) is going to die and be replaced by one of the Five from the past.”
“Scott and Jamie have always been different. Not only are they twins-they can read people's minds. Their whole lives, people have taken advantage of this. One day, a mysterious force called "Night Rise" kidnaps Scott. Jamie is confused, but then he finds out he is a gatekeeper, and so is Scott. There are five Gatekeepers, and they are the only people who can stop the Old Ones from destroying the world. 4 gatekeepers are together. All 5 can save the world.
Where is the last?
I recommend this book to VERY high reading level people, 5th grade and up.”
“I just love twins, and when you see the love these twins have for each other, you will grow to love them too. I hope.”Xue L wrote this review Wednesday, October 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No