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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 23, 2011)
Language: English
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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.

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.
My Review

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.
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  1. i loved I Am Number Four, so i was really excited to read The Power of Six. while Six was better to me, i am glad that i did read Four. i think you'll appreciate Four if you go ahead and read it. after reading them both, i'm really excited for what is next. i think the story just gets better and better.

  2. I loved I Am Number Four. I just got The Power of Six from the library and can't wait to read it.

  3. Despite all the hoopla with James Frey, I really enjoyed I Am Number Four, both book and movie. I'm glad to hear the sequel is worth the time and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the review!

  4. Yes!!! Read I Am Number Four!!! The movie was good, but.... it's just a MOVIE!!

    I am glad to hear you like The Power of Six. I downloaded a sample and read the first few chapters and it looked GOOD. I must read it!!!!

  5. I thought the movie was WAY better than the book for I Am Number Four, but I liked The Power of Six much better.

  6. I liked I am Number Four but I LOVED the film way more. So I was a bit nervous about The Power of Six. But, as you've said, it is AWESOME!! Totally insanely awesome! So glad you liked it!

    Great review!

    Reading is my cup of tea

  7. Done reading the power of six what will be the next book?? Cant wait need to know the outcome lol. Hey any1 knws what will be the next book the tittle i mean!! Help me out n will search fr the book

    1. The next book is named The Rise of Nine! Can't wait!

  8. The movie was afwul, it was a complete discrace to the book. I get the rise of nine tomorrow! Super excited


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