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The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2) Paperback – July 24, 2012
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“Lore picks up and expands on a strong premise that originated in the first novel. An intriguing potential romantic triangle brewing between John, Six, and Sam adds layers as they search for answers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for I AM NUMBER FOUR: “Number Four is a hero for this generation.” (Michael Bay, director of Transformers)
“There’s genuine suspense…it’s easy to get lost in the world of the sweet teen from another planet.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Terrifically propulsive.” (Booklist)
“Action–packed.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Riveting.” (The Horn Book)
“This is a can’t-put-it-down book.” (Justine Magazine)
“The intense pace, bigger-than-life fight scenes, and good vs. evil showdown set up a series that will easily draw in action-oriented sci-fi fans, who will eagerly await the next round.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“A breathless page-turner of a sci-fi novel that will have readers rooting for the teen alien who must save himself, his human friends, and the planet. So, gear-up sci-fi fans, the battle for Earth is on and there’s a new kid in town!” (Amazon.com)
From the Inside Flap
They know about the charm.
They know about our legacies.
They caught Number One, Number Two, and Number Three.
They killed them all.
I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.
We are growing stronger.
We are starting to come together.
We are ready to fight.
We are the last defense.--Chicago Tribune
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Warning: Major I Am Number spoilers
John Smith looks human, but he isn't. He looks like he was born on Earth, but he wasn't. John Smith, also known as Four, is an alien. Born on the planet Lorien, John has powers known as Legacies. He can walk through fire without being burned, light up his hands, and talk to animals.
But John isn't on Lorien, where he belongs. He is on Earth. When John was only a few years old, Lorien was destroyed by the Mogadorians, another alien race. But before they were completely killed off, he and eight other children were rounded up and sent off to earth with their cepans, their teachers and caretakers, to develop their Legacies and, years later, join forces to fight the Mogadorians. Until their Legacies were formed, they didn't have much protection except for a charm cast on them before leaving their home planet. The charm numbered each child and said that they could only be killed in the order of their numbers, as long as they stayed apart.
But John has many problems. The first three are dead, making him next. His cepan, Henri, was killed by the Mogadorians, leaving him without a teacher. Oh, and he's on FBI's most wanted list for blowing up a school.
He travels with Six, another Lorien girl who found him in the midst of a battle with the Mogarorians. Although she too is without a cepan, she's more experienced than John with her powers, and tells him more about Lorien, his powers, and her own past.
Then there's Seven, a new character to the Lorien Legacies series. Named Marina, she's lived in a church in Spain with her cepan, Adelina, for several years. Although she knows it's time to move on, especially with her legacies beginning to come, she can't seem to convince Adelina to leave behind the church. In fact, it seems her cepan doesn't even want to be her cepan anymore. Convinced that Christianity and God are the only important things, Adelina refuses to help Marina with anything related to Lorien, which is turning out to be a real issue now that the Mogadorians know where she is.
All three of the characters know that the war with the Mogadorians is coming soon, but are they ready? John barely knows his strength; Six, while strong, can't fight alone; and Marina can't even get her cepan to teach her about her legacies. And, with the charm requiring they be killed in order broken, everyone is fair game.
As a huge I am Number Four fan, I was literally counting down the days until The Power of Six came out. The first book was easily on my top twenty list as a sci-fi action book with a tad of romance. So, a second one? Um. YES.
Let me just say: I was not disappointed.
Action? Plenty. Romance? Ooh, it's interesting all right. Epic fighting scenes? Tons. Alien drama? Of course! Awesomeness? Didn't I already answer that?
Seriously, if you thought anything of I am Number Four, The Power of Six needs to be on your to-read list. Maybe bump it up a few books, too. I'm recommending this book to every person who's read I Am Number Four, and recommending I Am Number Four to everyone who hasn't read it yet. This book clearly deserves a four in a half out of five rating. Well done, Pittacus Lore.
Admittedly, I was a little put off with the fact that this story started in Number Seven's perspective. I did like seeing the world through a female Lorien's eyes but it was a jolting not to follow John. I was definitely glad to reach his chapters and familiar characters. Number Seven's chapters started out pretty slow. I felt bad for her because she really seemed alone in the world and it was really interesting seeing her try to figure out where the other five were. I loved her fixation with John Smith of Ohio. As she grew into her Legacies and started taking her life into her own hands, her chapters became more interesting. I really loved that she was earth and the healer. She really fit that persona.
John's road hasn't gotten any easier. In this installment, he is trying to deal with the aftermath of Henri's death and adjusting to life away from Paradise. It was wonderful seeing how he, Sam and Six work as a team. I do wish that there was a little more direction in those first chapters but I understand that they couldn't just know what to do off the top of their heads. I liked the struggle John had with his feelings for Sarah and how he had to start to separate what Henri said as fact to sometimes fiction. The only thing that really bothered me about John is he tended to make all the wrong choices. There would be a blaring obvious thing that he shouldn't do, everyone would tell him not to and he'd whistle on his way to the wrong way. Drove me insane!
Though John's bad choices were infuriating, they definitely lead to some stressful and intense plot points. There were plenty of twists to through off the reader in this second installment. The last 100 pages truly were hard to put down as all of the plot strings got pulled to their limits. I'd mentioned in my review of I Am Number Four that I'd missed the heroic, super quality that the movie had for Six and Four. This shows up a lot more in this novel,. The Power of Six also cuts out a lot of the fat that stopped the pacing in it's predecessor. I also liked how the Loric world and culture was expanded in The Power of Six. The outlines of the battle start to sharpen, the legacies are strengthening and the players on the Mogadorian side are making themselves known. By the end of this novel, the reader truly starts to understand what's at stake and who is going out there to grab it.
The Power of Six uses it's dual perspectives to elongate tension and merge the plots, the characters are growing and we have just enough of the familiar not to feel lost. I can't wait to get my hands on the next novel to find out what is going to happen to these characters that I've grown so attached to. Though The Power of Six might be about a group of warring aliens, there is absolutely nothing odd about this riveting sequel.
Top international reviews
AND I AM READY TO FIGHT..."
The Power of Six is a stunning sequel. It ramps up the battle between alien races with spectacular focus and undeniable fun. I am in awe. I Am Number Four, the first in this sci-fi series, is awesome, but this entry blows it out of the water.
With multiple stories running concurrently, a captivating cast that doesn't hold back on variety, and scenes of an explicit and epic nature, The Power of Six takes the reader on a journey they won't forget. The way the author draws you in and emotionally invests you in what's happening is fantastic. Parts of the novel have you fist-pumping the air while others have you trying to read from tear-blurred eyes.
Give me more!
Synopsis (This time round, I'll be using the blurb that comes with my edition of the book.)
THEY KILLED NUMBER ONE IN MALAYSIA.
NUMBER TWO IN ENGLAND.
AND NUMBER THREE IN KENYA.
THEY TRIED TO KILL NUMBER FOUR IN OHIO...AND FAILED.
I AM NUMBER SEVEN. AND I AM READY.
Six of us are left. We hide, blend in, avoid one another, but our Legacies are developing. And one day soon we'll be ready to fight back. Is the appearance of Number Four the sign we've been waiting for? And what about Numbers Five and Six? Is the raven-haired girl from my dreams one of them? A girl with powers beyond anything I have ever imagined.
A girl strong enough to bring the six of us together...
I AM NUMBER SEVEN. AND I AM READY TO FIGHT.
Plot - 4.5/5 Stars
The Power of Six runs two stories concurrently: We follow Number Seven (Marina) in Spain and Number Four (John) in America. Both lines of plot are riveting; there is absolutely no disjoint between the two. Both contain the perfect balance of exposition and action, with one the tale of a hero still in the dark and the other a heart-pounding journey as our heroes are hunted by those they're trying to protect.
Unlike the first entry's more static environment, this structure expands the world immensely, enhancing the already massive feel the series has. It's adventurous and adrenaline heavy. I have to give mad props to the author, the way he mixes superpowers with advanced technology into the action sequences is unbelievable. The set pieces are truly spectacular; choreographed to perfection.
And just wait for those epic endings, and yes, I mean endings plural. With two stories on the go, both get equal attention, giving the reader a tantalising time. Plus you have your standard jaw-dropping twists and cliffhangers to contend with, some of which will have you tearing out your hair as you race to find the next instalment.
Pace - 5/5 Stars
When I realised that we'd be jumping back and forth between two viewpoints and plots, I was worried. Will they blend? Or will they aggravate each other? Thankfully, they're seamless. With a balance to die for, the reader has no problem making their way through the novel.
The only problem I can find with the pace is that, once you start the book, you better cancel all your plans, because stopping isn't an option.
Characters - 4.5/5 Stars
The Power of Six is bolstered by an impressive and expansive cast. Again, initially, I was nervous. Will the vast amount work? Will he or she get the attention they deserve? Especially when there are two stories going on with their own groups?
I will happily tell you that not only does it work, each individual is outstanding. Sure, there are elements to some that pricked at my annoyance, but that's what makes a great character, no? With returning members of the first book, there's some lovely nostalgia and reunion, but that's not to drag the new faces through the mud. The new plot and its people are a fresh, fascinating look at another hero's life separate from the protagonist of the first book.
The only real trouble I have concerns the faint love triangle (or maybe it's a love square, I'm not sure). I mean, come on, I Am Number Four has a simple and effective romance plot, and there are other possibilities with The Power of Six that don't involve characters fighting over one another. It's sloppily done and unnecessary.
Writing - 5/5 Stars
Both plots are written in the present tense with first-person narrative. Amazingly, the author manages to keep both viewpoints distinctive, keeping their voices clear rather than confusing. A change in the text's font also keeps the reader straight.
The author keeps things simple, driving the novel along while not going overboard with descriptions. Scenes are clear and dialogue is snappy.
Overall - 5/5 Stars
Give me the next instalment! Now!
I have other books I want to get to first, but this series is fast becoming one of my favourites. Aliens, superpowers, an epic battle for freedom and hope, it just has it all.
"I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.
Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us--if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio--and failed.
I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.
And I'm ready to fight"
I'm glad this was told from a couple of different points of few as it meant as a reader, I didn't have to wonder what was happening to John and Co whereas I was also able to learn what was happening with Number Seven and Co. This particular style of writing, in my experience, can either work really well or it can fail. The danger being that the plot becomes confusing. This wasn't the case however, and each character and setting was so distinct that it wouldn't have been possible to confuse them, even if you tried too.
I have to admit, the events with Number Six, John and Sam were probably a lot more exciting and heart-pounding than Number seven's story, but I love a change of scene and hearing the story develop from Number Seven's point of view was fascinating. Plus, one of the biggest twists in the story happens around Seven and I could never have seen it coming even if I had tried to think of the most weird and impossible twist ever.
Back with John, Sam and Six, there was also some back-story for Number Six which was awesome because she was always a bit of an enigma in I Am Number Four, so it was fascinating to hear about how she came to be where she was and what she went through to get there.
I can't really say much about the events throughout the novel without spoiling things, but I will say that there's a lot of new people, the story comes together more and there's enough fighting in this to make action fans bounce in their chairs while reading. For the romance lovers out there, there's a quite a bit of love going on, and not where you might thing either, as well as some heartbreaking potential betrayal that will leave you stunned and a little sad.
I will let slip that there's a lot more insight into the Mogadorians lair and I can definitely say that if it were real, I would not be going there, not even if you paid me.
The ending is, as always, a wonderful cliffhanger that will leave you dying to read book number three. Much to my annoyance, I have no idea when this is released. So I shall have to wait along with the rest of the world. I'm pretty certain it'll be worth the wait.
The narration switches between Marina's and that of John (Number 4), who is now on the run with Six and his bestfriend, Sam. There were a couple of times I got engrossed with the action and then missed the switch from John's narrative, to Marina's; that marked down the writing style for me.
As a character who hasn't yet taken the lead, Six, steals the limelight whenever she appears. John, starts to have feelings for Six, which is confusing because he loves Sarah, and he knows Sam likes Six too. This love triangle isn't made overly dramatic and works really well.
I am so thankful that the flirtation in this book is not of the John-Sarah variety of the first book. The love scenes in the first book made me cringe, and her the love triangle/ square comes across a lot more realistic. The dialogue flowed naturally and built up both the characters and plot.
Action packed from start to finish; I liked the way the story progressed from the first book and this one too lends itself well to screen adaptation.
The end to this book is a real cliffhanger, as by the end of it we are introduced to more numbers, but have to wonder how they will meet up. The main characters are distinctive and likeable in their own way, so the introduction of new characters didn't get confusing. John gains a new ally, who is actually less level-headed than he is (and that's saying something) and has a huge new mess to sort out.
Writing Style: 3
If you liked the first (I am Number Four), I think you'll like this one.
Meanwhile in Spain, we meet Marina, settled into a monastic life - but keenly aware that she needs to keep moving. It's not that simple; her Cepan guard has 'gone native' and seems to have renounced her guardian ways. The Power of Six is much, much less clunky than the first in the series. It's still slightly predictable and clearly written for the screen, but the characters are eminently likeable, the plot much less awkward and the pace more or less perfect. More or less, because it's not a long book - compared to it's contemporaries (although I haven't quite figured out which level it's pitched at) there isn't a lot which happens, and the plot isn't terribly complex - but it is very pacey. The book starts off with a few hitches and challenges for our characters and builds to a frenetic climax.
I've got to admit, I think that if this is indicative of the rest of the series, then I'll be waiting for the next one - and re-reading the first one. There are a number of interesting developments, a few hooks to keep you engrossed, and I enjoyed it so much I read it within a few days. Well worth picking up - I could have kept reading once I'd finished it and will be eagerly awaiting the sequel. And given my scepticism on the first, that's quite an achievement.
A key new character is Marina, living in a Spanish monastery, whose Cepan has turned away from their Lorien ancestry and to religion. This conflict is very well detailed and Marina is both a convincing and sympathetic character - easily the most compelling one in the book.
The love triangle (or square, I don't know) between all of the existing characters risked becoming overcomplicated and distracting - but as a constant focus it simply becomes the secondary storyline, one that is then effortlessly tied back into the main story. We have love, lust and apparent betrayal all around - from characters who really do only want the best for each other.
Although the book progresses the character's stories, and we find out more about their Lorien ancestry, many aspects remain a mystery. Particularly the Mogadorians; almost every interaction with them introduces more mystery and intrigue. We learned their basic story in the first book, and little is added to it.
But this mystery seems natural - it keeps the book interesting. Without a Cepan to further their story the characters must piece together the parts of what they know and, in Fours case, see in visions. The slow piecing together of their history and legacy sits nicely against the relentless pursuit by the Mogs (and human police).
This story moves quickly for most of the book, but slows down as needed to treat with more detail. Sadly it is very short - it would have been nice to see some of the scenes developed in greater detail, and the characters explored in more depth.
But all in all is has pace, it has character and the plot is compelling.
I read a bunch of amazon-reviews and most of them said this was a book worth purchasing.
So I did.
Is it better than I am number four? Yes.
Is it therefore good? Not really ( in my opinion )
It has many of the same flaws I am number four had.
For instance in many of the action-packed-sequences the author just doesn't know when to slow down and in other parts of the book I wish I could just fast forward.
Which ruins the 'flow' of the book.
I did however like that as a reader we got to switch between stories here.
One moment we're reading the story of seven and then we switch back to Four, Six and Sam.
I liked learning a little bit about Six, sadly we don't learn that much.
Which is a bummer since I find her to be a much more interesting character than Four/John.
The addition of the Sam character seems pretty useless to me, unless to create some sort of lame love-triangle (which I wish people would stop doing!)
Perhaps his importance will become clear in the next book.
Will I read the next book? Probably.
Why? Because I'm persistent and hope these books will actually become better since the basic story doesn't suck.
I enjoy reading YA-fiction because it's such an easy read ( usually ) in that aspect this book works.
If you're into this genre of books but didn't really like I am number four? Then don't waste your money.
Some of it's problems have been corrected but mostly it's the same type of book.
I could however recommend you the book Divergent by Veronica Roth.( It also has a character named Four and is pretty awesome.)