17 August 2011

{Book Review} The Power of Six

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 August 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | | | |
The Power of Six
The Lorian Legacies Book 2
Author: Pittacus Lore
Pages: 352
Publish Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: HaperCollins
Source: ARC
Rating: 3.5 - 4 Birds
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.

So the first time I heard the name of this book, I thought the same thing you did. “Six? What happened to Five, I mean we were only just with Four”. Right? Right.
Turns out the title is not in reference to the member of the Garde, but the number left alive. Don’t worry, not spoilery. Surely if you read book 1 you know this already.

Anyway, once I got over my questions of the title I was sucked in just the same as I was with book one in this series I Am Number Four. The steady flow of intrigue and adventure will keep you turning the pages late into the night. A little different from the first book, we read TPOS through alternating points of view. Both from Number 4, John Smith (was there just a collective sigh of relief among Alex Pettyfer fans out there?) And Marina, who is number 7. You will spend equal amounts of time with both members of the Garde, so it’s a little odd that the description lead you to believe it is only about 7. This is just my opinion.

As always Lore spins a tale of science fiction that will be on book shelves I’m sure for many years to come. It’s fluid and believable with back stories and the kind of detailing I dream of achieving. That being said, I sometimes felt like he took the long way to get somewhere only a short distance away. Maybe too much detailing at points. In the end it only mildly effected my rating of the book, because really the plot out weights the rest.

It’s obvious by the way the book rounds out that there will be more in the Lorien Legacies Series. I for one am looking forward to them. And I also hope TPOS makes it to the big screen as well. This one has far more action and plot tiwists I would love to watch played out.

I’m going with 3.5 - 4 birds on this one folks. My honest opinion, if you liked book one, you’ll love book 2. If you didn’t enjoy book one, don’t rush to read it. I do think you should eventually give it a shot and live my my rule of always reading at least 2 books by any author before judging them.
Thank you to the wonderful folks at HarperCollins for the chance to review TPOS!

amber copy


  1. Oooh. The six left alive! That makes sense now. I'm glad to hear I will love this one. (Since I loved the first one.) Can't wait to read it.

  2. I loved the first book so I'm eager to read this one. Thanks for the great review!


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