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The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies) Paperback – July 21, 2015
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They will not stop until your planet is theirs.
They will not rest until we are all dead.
They have killed four of us.
But we are done running.
We are all that stands in their way.
We know secrets they thought hidden.
We have power they never expected.
The time has come for them to fall.--The Horn Book
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John’s group have just fled the John Hancock building, after losing Ella, and are now deciding what to do.
Six’s group are in shock over losing Eight, and Marina is determined to get his body back.
And this is a large part of the start of the book, Six’s group going to a base in the swamp to get Eight’s body back. Whilst John’s group split. Sarah makes contact with Mark James (set up now from the ‘Return to Paradise’ short story) and decides to join him and his cyber fight. Adam comes up with a plan that is against what the Garde normally do, using his Mog tactics to assist them, and although this does cause some friction, the group realises how useful he is going to be.
The remainder of the book runs as two main stories with some extras. The first of the stories follows John (4) Sam, Nine and Agent Walker (who has realised that Mogs are bad) head to New York to try and thwart the Mogadorian plans for Invasion. The second follows Six, Marina and Adam as they head to a ‘Special’ location that is going to change the world forever.
The sub-stories involve Sarah ducking off to meet up with Mark James and the mysterious ‘Guard’ from the ‘Lost Files’, possibly allowing for additional material there. They don’t get their own story lines as such, but periodically check into the story. Ella also gets to check in every now and then via her telekinesis to add extra plot twists.
This leads to a fairly in-depth plot twist, with a really fast moving story.
The characters have each started to get their defined roles now, and the author has obviously decided to angle towards this. John (4) has clearly stepped out as the leader of the group, and everyone, although eager to criticise when things go wrong, happily defer to him when it's decision time. Nine is the brute force of the group, but also the ‘Military’ arm of their group – always seeking to solve things through force. Six has leadership qualities as well, often becoming the second in charge as needed when the group splits. Marina has become the moral compass for the group, as well as their mobile medical unit. Sam is the plucky side kick, but he also provides John with the strength to continue fighting at times, as well as a sounding board. Sarah is John’s reason for living, and gives him a reason for fighting, she is the heart and soul of the group. Eight represents all that they have lost. Ella is all that they are fighting for. Ella is also something that holds the group together. Through her innocence, she brings the group together.
Adam gives us an understanding of the enemy, and also how things are also not so black and white.
It's very cleverly written as the characters interact with each other.
This series has slowly worked its way to this point giving us background story, building the characters, and it's in this part that you get an understanding of what it has all been about, and the start of the end game.
And there is a surprise at the end that is just awesome!
Revenge of the Seven is one of the best of the series so far.
Having said all this, the series is enjoyable but again, there needs to be a clearly defined pathway through the five novels and nine novellas. Knowing the correct reading order is essential to understanding the back stories of characters and how they fit with the main novels - particularly when it comes to Adam and Five. Trying to read "The Revenge of Seven" without having first read "The Lost Files: Hidden Enemy" will lead to confusion for the reader. Reading the five main novels alone, is certainly not the path to take. In fact, Adam's appearance in the previous book "The Fall of Five" will seem mysterious without having read the first Lost Files novellas which tell of his relationship with Number One. It would be most helpful if Amazon or the publisher of the series could print the suggested reading order online so as to help newcomers to the series.
Giant Mogadorian ships hover over all major cities. Their fighters flitting about. The Mogs and the mysterious men in black are working together. The people of earth are enthralled! Loriens are scattered again! After just finally finding one another. Everything is falling apart. ..WTH!?
Well, it seems with the gathering of the Loriens in the earlier books is all for naught. Setrakis Ra takes on human form (a beautiful human form at that) and is wooing the Earth's upper government into an alignment. And has been for some time!!
Sam's father was right, but he had no idea the depth of the insidious rot!
Promises of medical miracles, and advanced weaponry are just too persuasive...The reason for his desire to own all of the Lorien's legacy pendants becomes clear. He can assimilate their legacies. But that's not all they can do.
A mysterious place surfaces..."The Sanctuary"..A mysterious pyramid, somewhere in the center of a steamy jungle in southern Mexico protected by Lorien magic, perhaps holds the key to everything....The Mogs have it surrounded, but for a Mog to touch it's Lorien shield is instant ash time for Them.
The children of Loric fight on...(or flee on) after the traitorous number five nearly successfully engineers a trap that would have killed or captured most of the Loriens left,. He is at odds with himself now, when he realizes that Setrakis has lied to him as well... Ella is held captive by Setrakis Ra . He tells her of her lineage. Could it be true? The tall dark and cruel Mogadorian soldiers are just "Lab rats!" Born in a test tube with no souls, but Setrakis Ra is not one of them. He is something else entirely!! (No spoilers please) She refuses to believe or become part of what he insists is her destiny. Her legacy tells her that he might be right! But in her heart she is bound and determined to change the visions that haunts her; even as she watches helplessly as events unfold towards that exact end.
After Nines giant pent house goes up in flames; their hideout, their only place of respite...John does something that he thought he would never do: he sends Sarah away to be with her X boyfriend Mark! No way, right!? Well, It seems Mark is now the leader of the "They Walk Among Us" group. The once corny, and dubious alien conspiracy magazine is now an actual movement. Their secret is out after all. AND, also to get her to safety. He must find Six, Sam and the rest. He has to stop all this! There is going to be a Grand entrance held to welcome the new visitors to Earth. John is determined to be there to stop it! Ella's vision seems to be coming true right before our eyes folks!!
******Warning! The last bit HINTS at things to come*******
When five decides to try to make amends for his traitorous actions that caused the death of (?******?) ...it's almost too late. But his actions do help John and Ella reveal the true Setrakis to the misguided earthlings! Revealed at last ...will the bombs begin to fall?
Top international reviews
Holy crap on a cracker with a resurrected Jesus on top...
I hope that's a suitable outburst of emotion that conveys my awe.
If not: kjuhfiurhcxunihfuixmhifubmihexfuhxwuznwjegnhruxo.
Words have no meaning to me after what I just experienced with The Revenge of Seven. It gives me everything I love about the series: Action, chemistry, and a fascinating fictional story that utilises aliens and superpowers. But the way this entry bashes your mind with sensational surprises just frazzles my synapses.
The Lorien Legacies series, so far, has been able to build with passionate fire. Each book grows more and more cataclysmic and heroic.
And if the ending of The Revenge of Seven is any indicator, things are about to combust in a very conclusive way...
I need oxygen!
Or maybe a life-support machine...
The worst was supposed to be over.
We were reunited after a decade apart.
We were discovering the truth about our past.
We were training and getting stronger every day.
We were even happy...
But we never imagined the Mogadorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost for ever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.
I've spent my entire life hiding. That stops now.
We have a new ally who knows their weaknesses.
And we're going to take the battle to them.
Finally, we have the power to fight back...
Plot - 5/5 Stars
The series is definitely moving toward its endgame, and it's doing it with flair. The Revenge of Seven follows a multitude of stories manned by phenomenal personalities, all of which crisscross across the globe on an epic journey that weaves every fibre of its narrative seamlessly. We pick up only a few days after the events of The Fall of Five, and an emotional beginning leads into an action-packed adventure that expands the series' mythology and regales the reader with riveting revelations.
I really wish we could bottle the action this series does so well. As is standard so far, The Revenge of Seven has a solid structure that is practically infallible. Its balance of high-octane events and exposition is perfect, and even when the two collide, you're nothing short of breathless.
And the finale... I just want to blurt out everything in capital letters, but it's better experienced; my little review won't hit you like this novel's conclusion will. What I will tell you is it's catastrophic and exhilarating.
A full-blown invasion is here.
Pace - 5/5 Stars
I read so many fast-paced novels that I'm running out of ways to describe them.
The brilliant balance also has the added benefit of giving the reader a smooth and rapid journey that coalesces into all-out war.
God, I cannot wait to get to the next instalment.
Characters - 5/5 Stars
The Revenge of Seven, while a story that does wonderful work for all of its cast, focuses on three main viewpoints: Four's, Ten's, and Six's. Being a fan of the series, it's no longer even a slight problem for me to ascertain whose perspective I'm reading from. The layout is done to avoid confusion.
I am a part of these characters now. The author plays so well with morality that, thanks to the histories they've lived through, even when a character does something we would deem wrong, we understand.
The feel of unity is also a major theme, and while so far we've been avidly awaiting that moment the good guys all come together, it's never occurred to me that one of them could be compromised. But on a larger scale the series is essentially about humanity. The Loric are the better, more nurturing part of the human race, while the Mogadorians are the selfish, destructive part. Light and dark, both battling for dominance, both a startling part of the human condition.
With humanity stuck in the middle of the war between two vastly different races with two radically different ideals, it's hard not to draw the apt parallels between them and our species in reality. And horrifying to see the eventual overlap.
It highlights the core difficulty of living in the real world; all of us have the potential to be good or bad, but most of the time, we're a combination of both.
Writing - 5/5 Stars
Present tense. First-person narration.
It's simple, clean, and direct.
Lightning-quick and informative don't cover it.
You'll love it.
Overall - 5/5 Stars
Yesterday I downloaded United as One, which I think is the seventh and final entry to the series. Before that, though, there's The Fate of Ten, which I'm gagging to start.
Did I mention that cliffhanger?
Has anyone got around to bringing me a life-support machine yet?
The Mogadorian invasion has arrived. Can the Garde stop them before it's too late. Will they lose anymore friends along the way? Will they gain any allies? Will humanity figure out who the Mogadorians truly are, before their demise is final? Read this book to find out more of the answers to these compelling questions.
If you've enjoyed all the other books, this one will be no different. It captivates you. Dangles the answers in front of your face and then pulls them away at the last second. Leaves you wanting more. The fact of the matter is, this series has been building toward a big epic final book, where life as we know it will change forever, let's just hope that the writers deliver the book the readers and fans deserve. They've taken us on an epic journey, a journey that's nearing it's end.
There is nothing this book lacks. It's filled will the characters we love, the characters we hate. The action, the emotion. Comedy and drama.
About that ending. It came as a surprise to me. I didn't realise the book was about to finish. So when I read that last paragraph and turned the page expecting an explanation, finding only the end of the book, the excitement and the curiosity that brimmed to the surface was huge. To end it like that. So unexpected was annoying, but oh so good. As I've said I don't know if I want the writers to go down that path, but at the same time it would be great to see where it leads.
You'll find out what I mean when you read the book.
This book is highly recommended.
I went into this book a little wary because it'd been a year and a half since I finished book four, The Fall of Five. I couldn't really remember what was going on other than the basics, and I was concerned it was going to take me a long time to get into it. Massive credit must go to Lore, as it turned out I hadn't forgotten any of the main characters.
Even though I was thrilled to fall back into the story without much of a worry, I struggled to get into it. It felt really slow to start, especially because everything is running out of time and some serious battles are about to happen. I just wanted to get on with it. I couldn't help but feel like a lot was saved for the next book as, to be honest, not that much happened in this one. The Revenge of Seven felt a lot shorter and simpler than usual. It didn't feel like it had quite as much plot. Not that there wasn't enough going on -- there was -- but it didn't feel as much as usual. There was less action than usual too, but it was still pretty intense.
Once I got into it, I read huge chunks at a time, and it didn't take me many sittings to devour the whole thing. I even bought the last two books before I finished this one! This series sort of grabbed hold of me when I read I am Number Four, and it hasn't seemed to let go of me since. I still have no idea how the series is going to end, and I love that.
As before, I liked Six's narration the best, and I was disappointed when her chapters were over. Nine and Six are still my favourite characters, but I do love all the Garde. They're all so different from each other, which makes them interesting to read about and kept me turning pages. I have to say though, the human characters didn't grip me nearly as much.
Unfortunately, I've only just finished The 5th Wave trilogy, and as far as alien stories go, I can't help but compare. I know I shouldn't because John and the Garde are awesome and we're not so fussed by the humans in this seires, but I'm afraid the awesomeness of The 5th Wave did make this a little less exciting than it would've been a few months previous.
Even so, I had a wonderful time reading this book, and I can't wait for books six and seven to come through my letter box.
The Revenge of Seven felt like a filler book, but was still intense and gripping!
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This contains a lot more brilliant vivid action scenes, and a lot less ( thank God) pointless Twilight style romance rubbish. This is one of the only books in which I can't stand the main character yet still love the book. I can't stand John Smith, or his annoying girlfriend Sarah. There is a lot less of Sarah in this book (yay) but she still pops up in John's narrative chapters "oh woe, I miss Sarah so," which I can't bear. That is the only reason I have missed a star out of the rating.
This book made me laugh, with Nine's hilarious cynical sense of humour, and Six, as always, by far my favourite character, completely owns every chapter she's in.
Another brilliant read by Pittacus Lore- worth every penny with some great twists in!
I am a big fan of the "I Am Number Four" series, and I think that all the previous novels, including the miniature novellas that flesh out the chronicle of the Garde and Lorien, are brilliant. However, I was a bit let down by this one.
Has no-one else picked up on the fact that despite this being called "The Revenge of Seven", Seven (Marina) has almost no part in the book? Also none of the narrative is attributed to her (it's all John/Four, Six and Ella/Ten), which is odd given that the title suggests that the book is mainly about her. Added to this, there is no element of her taking any revenge on the Mogadorians . . . . . . .
In "The Fall of Five" you could almost feel her rage after the battle in Florida where Five kills Eight. Therefore I was expecting her to come roaring back for revenge in this book (as the title suggests) but it didn't happen!! Where is the revenge then?? The title of the book is therefore misleading, as is the synopsis, which says, "I am Number Seven. I will make them pay.” But she doesn’t!!! As I got closer to the end of the book I kept expecting Seven/Marina to do something but she just didn’t, and that was really disappointing.
The rest of the book was really good – great pace, exciting fight scenes and believable dialogue (even if it is a tad irritating at times, particularly from Nine). I was pleased that Adam and Malcolm both had significant parts in it, and that General Andrakkus Sutekh gets his comeuppance. As with the other books in the series there were some loose ends which will no doubt be tied up in the next instalment, which I’m eagerly awaiting despite this somewhat negative review.
In summary this was a good story but the title and synopsis are both very misleading. That’s why it only has 3 stars from me.
If you enjoy books full of si-fi, action and thrills this series is definitely for you. For any Lorien fans you won't want to miss this.