Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review: The Power of Six

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)

Author: Pittacus Lore
Pages: 406
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Library 
Previous books in the series: I Am Number Four
Synopsis: 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.

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I'm very undecided when it comes to the Lorien Legacies series. The nonstop action is awesome but overall I'm not satisfied.

It may be the characters. I don't think I truly like any of the characters who's perspectives we're in. I love the side characters but the people that tell the story feel inadequate. John and his "feelings" for Sarah made me roll my eyes a lot. I was bored with Marina's perspective too. Something about her constantly bugged me. Maybe the fact that she never had a friend her age outside of the Lorien stuff. I hate to sound obnoxious but she acted like everyone else was out to get her. I don't believe for a second that all the girls in the convent were mean. There were also many decisions and inconsistencies that didn't really make sense.

The side characters stole the show. I loved reading about Six. She's badass and reasonable with a hard past but she deals with it. She's mature and also human. Something about her has always made me like her. I wish I could have read the story from her perspective. Marina's life didn't really interest me until a revelation that had me dying for more. I won't spoil it for you. You'll just have to read the book to find out what happened. ;)

I did mention I wasn't really interested at some parts. That's maybe because of the split perspectives. Usually I adore them. I love to know how people think. The problem was the story would end on a cliffhanger in one character's perspective and then I'd be all "OMG what happens next?" but then I'd have to read about the other character doing something mysterious before I got back to the original perspective and by that time by interest waned. Action scenes being cut with slower scenes in between sounds nice but the truth is you get to a point where you feel like the story would go much faster and be much more exciting if it wasn't so cut up. That was kind of my issue.

The premise as always had me hooked. What's in the Chests? Will Lorien triumph against the Mogs? When will we meet more of the Garde? This series has so much epic potential. It's just being drawn out so much. There's so much suspense and I expect so much action that sometimes I feel like I'm not getting it. I think the last volume will be incredible as I expect every book to have more and more action as the series progresses. Till then I'll stick around and eagerly await each new title.

While I did have my issues with The Power of Six, ultimately I liked it. I want more from this series but only because I think this series could be huge and I'll always be excited for more. I'm giving it 3.5 stars,

*** & 1/2 *


  1. YES, Six totally steals the show in the movie too. To be honest, we have little interest in reading the books themselves, but we thought the movie was really entertaining, and we're looking forward to learning what happens in the rest of the series that way.

    1. I didn't watch the movie (the movie in my head is pretty awesome ;P) but if there's one thing this series has, it's entertainment value.


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