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The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies) Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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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 Back Cover
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.
- Lexile Measure : 840L
- Grade Level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061974552
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061974557
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.29 x 8.25 inches
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st Printing Edition (August 23, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #224,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Picking up where Four left off, John and his friends are just trying to recuperate. But the world outside their seedy motel room is exploding with John mania. The media is being flooded with updates and revelations of John and Henri's seemingly criminal activities. Four's face is saturating the airways and internet. Too bad he didn't get that invisibility legacy.
She has been monitoring the news religiously. The events unfolding around a one John Smith is hard not to notice and has fueled her flame of curiosity all the way from the small Spanish town, where living the quiet life of devotion in her convent run orphanage has become the norm. It's been a long time since she felt the thrill of covert activities, moving from city to city, traveling from one european country to the next, and picking a new name to match her fleeing fancy. The last one she chose was Marina. She is number Seven.
John, Sam, and Six are trying to lay low and continue their training while deciding what their next move is, but that's kind of hard when you're driving a stolen truck with borrowed plates, every law enforcement agency is looking for you and only the blind have no idea what you look like. Of course traveling to the most unlikely and dangerous places possible doesn't help, neither are the close encounters with the Mogadorians who are tracking them a little too easily.
Marina is miserable. But the news on John Smith gives her hope. The chaos involving Smith causes Marina to believe he's Lorien like her and could be a sign of the Garde's emergence out of hiding. Unfortunately regardless of her developing legacies her education and training have been neglected. Marina's cepan Adelina has lost the will to do her duty, instead devoting her self to the church and dismissing any talk of Lorien. Marina knows that the safety of the Spain is on the brink and if Adelina won't see that then she'll leave on her own. But Adelina has hidden her chest and Marina can't leave it behind.
Skipping town is about to get harder. A mysterious man has been watching Marina, she's been a little careless and is starting to draw attention to her abilities. Marina's location is about to be compromised.
John is trying to deal. With the loss of his cepan Henri, having to leave behind his girlfriend Sarah, and his increasingly confusing feelings for Six, life is difficult enough without the bloodthirsty aliens constantly trying to kill him. But John and company are starting to learn the coincidences that brought them together may not be so random. Henri moved John to Ohio for a reason and Sam's missing father is a huge part of it. To discover what's going on they'll journey back home where everything began. As they get there it's looking less and less like Paradise.
Turmoil is on the horizon in Spain and Six feels the need for help emanating from the region. The glyphs of One, Two, and Three have been burned into a mountainside there as a beacon to Garde and Mogs alike, but John see it as an opportunity to sneak into the Mogadorians headquarters.
Can Four and Six divide and conquer?
Pittacus Lore's chronicles of the Lorien Legacies is extremely entertaining. Very addictive. The Power of Six is what I would call a bridge book. It's more about building the characters, strengthening the world, and establishing the threads for the larger storyline. Normally these in-between books, without a prominent individual plot of it's own, aren't usually as good as the rest in a series. But The Power of Six is the exception. There were a lot of mini threads cycling throughout the book keeping the story from becoming stagnant. The multi POVs also helped to thoroughly introduce us to Seven while maintaining our connection to John, Sam, and Six. The ever complicating relationships are balanced well with backstories, and lots of action. We meet some other interesting personalities like Nine, who stole the show since his first scene. I have the audiobook narrated by Neil Kaplan and Marisol Ramiez. They did a great job performing the voices, and I love that they have Ramiez doing Marina's POVs.
The Power of Six is just as engrossing as Four. Absolutely enthralling. I can't wait to meet five and eight! Some will live. Some die. Others will be lost. The war has just begun. Saving the world by numbers is my new obsession.
Definitely a recommended read for teens and or the adult who is a bit bored with the normal fare available to us.
The Mogadorians are many thousands and well organized on Earth to capture and destroy the Loriens. The Lorien refugees are a few tens and scattered, most are juveniles. Not very good odds. Yet the Loriens are trying to organize and fight back. And the vast majority of the Earthers do not have a clue what is going on.
The authorship of the series is in controversy according to the following article but, I don't care. It is always about the story to me.
I do not believe John Smith is the new era hero or the biggest and more amazing hero, but at the end he was quite a bad ass. From being a light lamp he ended up being the destroyer of conquerors. If you ever watched “Heroes”, you will love this (the first season mainly), if you love x-men, you will love this too. They are not related, they are not a copy or anything, but they deal with the same type of topics: heroes, powers, destruction, and hope are always on one single person. These books have the perfect balance between “violence”, fights, battles, and emotions.
The series is about 9 aliens that escape their planet which was under attack & land here. Unfortunately, their attackers have come here too & are hunting them down. Due to a Loric charm they can only be killed in order unless they are all together. The series starts with number 4. The first 3 are dead. Lots of action & likeable characters.
Other than that it's a good book. The story line has plenty of ups and downs. We're introduced to number seven and we get a brief introduction to number nine. Meeting more of the remaining 6 kids is definitely making the story more interesting.
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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.