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Nightrise – A Book Review

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In the book Nightrise, by Anthony Horowitz, the main character starts out in a theatre on the northern end of Reno, Nevada. His name is Jamie Tyler and he has a twin brother named Scott Tyler and they work at this theater and perform magic tricks for people.  However, for them it’s not just a trick, they are actually magic and can read each other’s minds. One day, these guys from a business called Nightrise come and watch the Tyler’s show, but their real purpose is to kidnap them.  Nightrise wants the Tylers for their supernatural capabilities.  They are looking for five kids called the “gatekeepers,” who are supposed to be able to protect the world from the old ones —  because the legend says that ages ago five kids with supernatural capabilities stopped the old ones and sealed them with a gate. The old ones are evil, and if they are freed, they will cause mass chaos. Nightrise wants to do is return the old ones back to the world and they need the gatekeepers to do so. After the show, Nightrise comes to kidnap the Tylers. Scott gets tranquilized but Jamie escapes in someone’s car and passes out while Scott is kidnapped.  Jamie wakes up confused about where he is at and meets this lady called Alicia, whose son has also been kidnapped by Nightrise. She has a friend that can try to help Jamie look for his brother and help Alicia find her son.  Her friend is running for state senator and his name is Trelawny and Nightrise hates him and are supporting the candidate, named Charles, who is running against Trelawny. Jamie has to prove to Trelawny that he has supernatural powers by reading his mind.  Jaime and his new allies find out that his brother might be in a jail somewhere out in Mojave Desert, so he gets arrested and sent there to find his brother. The jail has two blocks — one for the normal kids and one for the kids with supernatural abilities. Jamie is in the normal block, but one night tries to get to the other block, but there was some force field to block his powers and the prison guards figure out who he is and throw him into a hot cell (A cell with no shade or water and you just sit in the sun all day) until Colton Banes, the leader of Nightrise, can get there the next night. The intake officer, Joe Feather, entered the cell to tell Jamie that later that night he is going to free him that his men are going to rescue him. Around midnight they break him out and find Daniel (Alicia’s son) in the other block.   While escaping, Jamie gets shot in the back and passes out and finds himself in another world, ages ago, where the old ones rule.  Jamie meets the other four gatekeepers, from back then, and learns about all the gatekeeper information and wakes up back in his world three days later and returns Daniel back to Alicia. He gets a message in his dream that Trelawny is going to be killed by his brother Scott and that Nightrise is using him for his powers.  Jamie and his allies get there to stop it, but it’s too late and Jamie has to redirect the shot from the security officer to the woman from Nightrise.  They rescue Scott, who was in shock, and meet this lady named Nathalie Johnson, who works for an organization dedicated to helping the gatekeepers.  She has the other gatekeepers in Peru, so she sends Jamie and company off on a airplane to Peru to meet the other gatekeepers, but one of the gates in Peru has already opened — the old one are starting to break free. I would totally recommend this book, especially if you like fantasy fiction.

One of the things that made Nightrise such a good read was how much Jamie changed throughout the book.  For example, in the beginning, he could barely take care of himself and Scott always looked out for Jamie, but after Scott gets kidnapped Jamie starts to be able to look after himself. In the book Jamie says “he had a weird sensation of being, for the first time in his life, the older brother”.  This shows that Jamie is starting to grow up and be responsible.  In the end, he is more than just responsible, he is “The Man.”

Another thing that made Nightrise a good read was how funny it was.  For example, when Jamie went to the prison to find Scott, but got discovered and has to run for his life.  Turns out Scott isn’t even at the prison. I find this funny because he went through all that  trouble to get into the prison just to get there and find out Scott isn’t even there.

Nightrise was much more than pretty pictures and laughs, it has a serious message to give its readers. The message is family always sticks together, even when you’re apart you still think about each other. An example in the book would be is when Jamie talks about how Scott has always been by his side his whole life. When Jamie wakes up he tells Alicia (the women that saved him from the kidnapping) “I have to find my brother.” I find this quote good because it’s the first thing he says when he wakes up because he cares about his brother a lot.  This shows us that Jamie needs his family, that they have to stick together.  This isn’t just true in books, it is true in real life.  For example, when parents get divorced and one parent takes one kid and the other takes the other.  The kids may be in separate houses, but they still try to keep connected…social media, parties, etc.  This is especially true if they end up far away from each other.  When they are older — young adults living on their own — they meet up and hang out more.  This is even more true when siblings are separated by the Foster Care System.  Often, kids will run away from their Foster Home to find their older or younger siblings.

 

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