The Power of Six Review

Monday, July 4, 2011

Title: The Power of Six
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: August 23, 2011
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher

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.
John and Six are on the run. After being tracked down, hunted and brutally attacked by the Mogadorians in his latest home in Ohio, John aka Number Four has no choice but to leave the life he set up, the girl he loves and all he's come to know and find familiar for the safety of a life on the run. Six is used to life on the road. It's how she stays safe. It's how she fights so well, and with John, she knows that she and the other Garde have a fighting chance to save their world. Though they were supposed to never meet, Six has a plan and with John, she hopes to unite the remaining Garde to save her dying race from the vengeful Mogadorians. Is her plan strong enough to save them all, or is it too risky, and will they lose their lives and their last hope?

You'll probably remember that I read I Am Number Four a bit back when it first came out, and I really enjoyed its unique approach to aliens living among us. So, naturally, when I heard that the next book in the planned series was coming out, I was excited. The Power of Six is the second book in the series about nine Lorien Garde sent to Earth to harness their Legacies, mature and go back home to save their world from a vengeful and vicious breed of fighters, the Mogadorians. Pittacus Lore has created an enthralling sequel in The Power of Six that not only sends the reader on a whirlwind of epic adventure, but spins a fantastic world of hope, power and faith in one another.

The Power of Six is what a sequel should be. Rather than complacently following in its predecessor's footsteps, The Power of Six amps up the story a notch or two, introducing us to not only Six, who you might remember from the first book, but also a few of the other remaining Garde, including Seven, from whom much of the story is told. It's important to note that The Power of Six takes a slightly different approach, developing multiple story lines which, eventually, intersect for a thrilling climax for the story. Furthermore, The Power of Six takes a good bit of time to really show us more about the infamous chests in which the Lorien Garde learn what they need to harness their Legacies which, might I add, are amazing. This, in turn, really enhances the characters, especially Six and Seven. Throw in a love triangle/square (remember Sarah? yeah, she's got a little competition in Six), a nonstop pace of action and adventure and a revelation about Sam and his Dad that will blow your mind, The Power of Six doesn't disappoint. I will admit, however, that the start is a bit slow, leading into the action with some backstory and image setup, but the pace sets off running from there.

All in all, The Power of Six is a great second installment to an action-packed series that's sure to please previous fans and new readers of the series, alike. I give it a very strong 4 out of 5, and I'd recommend it to all fans of YA, especially those who enjoy sci-fi and stories involving aliens. Fans of I Am Number Four should relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the new viewpoint of The Power of Six because you still have plenty more of John to discover and enjoy.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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23 comments:

  1. I haven't read the first book yet. For some reason, I had no idea that the series involved aliens! I a glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I really enjoyed the first book and I've had the second one on my TBR list for a while thereafter. I'd love to read it. Your review is great and I'm looking forward to reading the book.

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  3. Great review! I enjoyed I am Number Four, so I'm eagerly awaiting this one!

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  4. I haven't read the first one yet but I really should. Glad to hear the second one is a strong instalment in this series. Awesome review :)

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  5. Goodness. I can't believe I haven't even read the first one yet!

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I liked the first book and wasn't sure about this one ;)

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  7. Meh, I will just watch the movie again ;) Too bad no more Olyphant though *sad face*

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  8. Great review! I read the first book and thought it was so so, and was not looking forward to this one. But you made me enthusiastic to pick up the second book anyways. Thanks!

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  9. Ohhh I wish I had a copy already, I am dying to read The Power of Six! Your review is awesome and makes me want to read more about John (and Six...love triangle?!).

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  10. I didn't like the first book so I guess the second is not for me...your review is enticing but still no, thanks. Pittacus Lore won't tempt me the second time.

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  11. First book is hopefully on the way to me! :) I ordered it a week ago. ;)

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  12. Wow, a good second book. That's a rarity. You're right that a sequel should really amp the story and action up a bit - especially in a series like this. These books don't really appeal to me, but I am intrigued by your review.

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  13. I haven't read the first one, but this review is increasing my motivation. Good to know the narration switch works well.

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  14. Thanks for writing about this. Glad there are still some people like you who value our world's oceans. http://youtu.be/qQUECrYE2bY

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  15. Super excited to read this book! I loved the first one and loved the movie! Nice review!

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  16. I have not read the first book in this series, but love the premise. It go so much hype when it first came out, that I decided to wait. Now I think I need to read them both. Great review.

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  17. I haven't read Number 4 but I saw and enjoyed the movie, and since I always enjoy the book more than the movie I'm thinking I should go back and read it and then I can give this one a try:) Lovely review as always Melissa, happy 4th!

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  18. Great review!! I cannot wait to read this!

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  19. Honestly, I like Six way better than Sarah, so I'm glad to hear there's a little bit of competition going on! :p
    I'm super excited to meet Seven...and discover all those awesome Legacies!
    Great review!

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  20. I can't help but be interested in this series even after all that controversy surrounding the authors. I think I might really enjoy the intense action.

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  21. I still need to read the first... and see the movie too! Talk about behind. This one sounds so good, so I need to get on that and catch up. Thanks! I love action books.

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  22. I a fan of Six so I'm excited for this one. I think it's written by a different author - Frey had a falling out with the first author - so perhaps that accounts for the different approach to the storyline. Glad you enjoyed it!

    ~Alyssa
    Teens Read and Write

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  23. I'm at odds with this series, as the idea was okay, but I have problems with James Frey and his ghostwriting. That alone prevents me from liking the book as much as I might otherwise. That said, I still would like to read it.

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