Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 23, 2011)
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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.My Review
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.
I never read I Am Number Four. I heard from many friends that it wasn't worth the read, that it wasn't as good as the movie. Taking their word for it, I forgot about the book, enjoyed watching the movie, and went on with life. I now know that that was probably a mistake. Sorry many friends, but after reading The Power of Six, I know that the Lorien Legacies series is a great series. Or at least, the second book is great.
I am always cautious of a book that is coupled with a very popular movie. Like I said above, I very much liked the I Am Number Four movie. Action-packed, fast-paced, altogether it was a good movie. And, already knowing the basic story line, (Of course not knowing everything, the book probably being much more specific) I decided to give the sequel a try. I can now say that I am very glad I did. For any fans of urban fantasy, this is most definitely a book for you. And, since this book is sort of an urban fantasy meets sci-fi, this is very much my kind of book.
The point of view switches between the first-person views ofthe main character of the first book, John Smith, and a new character, Marina. Whenever there is a book like this, switching points of view every few chapters, it is always a love/hate relationship for me. There is always the POV I prefer, (In this case, it was John Smith) but there are always some authors that have the knack for cliff-hangers. It'll be a serious part, a scene where you really want to know what'll happen next when all of the sudden, the chapter ends and it switches to the other person's POV, the person who lives half way across the world and you have to read a few chapters before you can know what happens next. This is both insanely irritating and awesomely... awesome. That is really how a book gets me addicted to it's story. And that's exactly what The Power of Six does.
This is a really great book. So good, I think I'm gonna go read I Am Number Four now.