Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies #2)

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies #2)
Pages:  406
Release Date:  August 15th, 2011
Date Read:  2011, September 29th - October 1st
Received: Library
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  14+

Read my review for the 1st book:

This summary contains spoilers for the 1st book.  If you haven't read I Am Number Four, but would still like to hear my thoughts on The Power of Six, just skip the summary!

Marina is one of the orphans of a convent in Spain, but in reality she is more than that.  She is a Garde, Number Seven, native of the planet Lorien.  Her Cepan is a nun in the convent, and it seems she has forgotten their mission.  But Marina knows she must do something.  Others are out there, fighting, using their Legacies, while she sits in the same town for years with only one friend to speak of and nowhere to train herself to use her Legacies.

John Smith is on the run, mourning the loss of his father figure and friend, Henri.  He has teamed up with his best friend, Sam, and Number Six, who came to the rescue during their fight at the School in Paradise, Ohio.  But now they are being pegged as terrorists, trained weapons to be stopped.  John is struggling with loving Sarah, the girl he left behind, and liking Six, the girl he's with now and could someday build a life with.

And there is a storm brewing; the Mogadorians are growing more and more powerful; their leader could show up at any time, and something big is happening in Spain.  Can the Garde stop the Mogadorians?  Can they unite as one force and finally defeat their enemies, once and for all?

Holy freaking crud.  I had no idea it would be like this.  There was no telling which way things would go, and even as they happened my mouth hung open in disbelief.  This book is right on.  The authors totally know their craft - they are story crafters at the finest.

The Power of Six has a completely different feel to it than I Am Number Four.  At first I wasn't sure if I liked it, but it turns out it was just as excellent.  And the writing!  So neat!!  In my review for the first book, I mentioned how I didn't like their short sentences at first, but grew to love their style.  This time around the style hadn't changed, but the talent had.  It matured and smoothed out and lengthened the sentences and made everything way cool.  It was very interesting to witness that change.

John, oh John.  He's just...the best.  Who am I kidding - I love him.  He's awesome and I'd seriously love to meet him and be his bestie if he were real.  I'm so glad The Power of Six wasn't just about Marina or Six, because I would have missed John super much.

Sam Goode, too.  I love that kid, with his shaggy hair and his "turd" look (don't ask - just know it was hilarious!).  He's awesome, the coolest best friend anyone, especially an alien, could ask for.

Six was more prominent and it was nice to get to know her.  I really like her, with her hard edges and tough story.

And Marina!  Her side of this story was totally and completely engrossing, because she is who she is.  Her desire to do something now, to get out there and fight, despite her lack of training, made her irresistible.  I just love her.  She tugged at my heart and gave the story even more emotion than there already was, which was surprisingly a lot.  She and Ella and some of their fight scenes and their desperation to live had me so emotionally involved I found myself holding my breath, afraid for them, more than once.  I believe that's a sign of good characters, don't you think?

Dang, these fight scenes are epic.  And that's an understatement.  I can still picture quite a few of them instantly, word for word, as thought I'd just read them.  They take up quite a lot of this story, filling it to the brim with intensity.  Some of these scenes even had the craziest twists.  And the end - it's such a cliffhanger to me!!  I mean, it's wrapped up well, but...what is going to happen next?!?!

But this story is also emotionally gripping, as I've mentioned before.  There are so many personal struggles in these characters I love that it was hard not for me to turn the pages quickly, searching and grasping and the words to see how things would turn out.  The invoked emotion, especially for Marina, surprised me, just like it did when I was first introduced to John.

The Rise of Nine - you have a lot to carry on your shoulders to make up for leaving me in the dark for so so long!

Epic.  Truly, truly.  This book is worth every inch of the giant five stars I give it.

For the Parents -
A bit of nondescript kissing; some brief strong language.  (1 GD, a few s**t, 1 d**k)  Overall, about the same as the first book.  14+


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  2. I am Number Four didn't do much for me, but I've been wondering what happened next...Sounds like I need to go ahead and take a chance on The Power of Six. Great review!

  3. Thanks for the comment!  Yeah, definitely give it a go!  Hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did ;)