The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

 Release Date: August 23, 2011

Pages: 416

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: ARC

Source: Kristi (The Story Siren)

Age Group: Young Adult

Parental Warnings: mild violence

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                                                The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies)

 

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.

Number Four is on the run. All of America thinks that he is a terrorist. He is shuttled between awful motels and houses, trying to find and locate the rest of the Garde. John knows that they can be more powerful together. With Number Six and Sam, they go on their mission to find the others and bring the Mogadorians down.

Marina (Number Seven) lives in Spain. After months of traveling with her Cepan when she was younger, they finally settled on a Spanish convent. Working at the orphanage, going to church, and being stifled of her creative talents makes her so frustrated. In addition, her Cepan completely ignores the threat of the Mogadorians. She is in denial; she hasn't provided for Marina, nor helped her. With her Legacies coming in, and her eye on Number Four, she needs to get her Chest and now.

When the power of six comes together, things are sure to explode. The clock is ticking, and they have to fight.

As much as I hate to start a review off on a negative note, this description is AWFUL. If you go to any major book consumer site and look at the reviews for this book, everybody said that they wouldn't read it because it wasn't from Number Four's point of view. First of all, I want to say to those people, don't review a book if you haven't read it. It's both disrespectful to the readers debating BUYING that book and to the author.

But I do agree with them with the fact that they should NOT have put the blurb ONLY from Number Seven's point of view. That probably gave a lot of readers the wrong idea. Although, I did enjoy hearing Marina's point of view on everything. Although I do love hearing from Number Four, it's nice to hear what some of the others thought about coming into their Legacies and the problems rippling through the world.

Number Four is such a great character. He is curious about his history, the perfect boyfriend (for Sarah at least), coming into his powers, and determined to do whatever it takes to save the world. Basically, he's a superhero without the ego. I really liked how he was consistent. He turned all facts and news about what was going on into something personal. He made you care, and was an incredible narrator, especially for a second book.

Most people consider the second book as a "filler" book. The great part about The Power of Six was that I didn't see that at all. There was Marina and Number Four working towards each other and trying to save the world.

With Marina, we saw a bit of the old John. We experienced HER coming into her powers and knowledge, but with a little bit of a twist. We experienced the loneliness of having your guardian be in denial, on her own, and trying to survive in the convent life that she's always known. I loved how her story took place in Spain. It just added a little something extra, and really contributed to the idea that the Lorien are widespread.

Within the first quarter of the book, some of our questions from the first book were answered. I really loved that because it meant that a whole new batch of questions would pop up, and Pittacus wouldn't be annoying by stringing us along the entire book. I really liked how it was fast-paced, and long, but that's because it was one of those stories that is so big that you can't contain it. It's just epic, really.

Pittacus put himself in his novel. I love that because I shamelessly love it when authors create a pseudonym and are characters in their own books. It makes it more personal and thrilling because you always hope that it just might be real. It makes the fictional world that much closer.

I like Number Six because she's just badass and a great fighter, and she really adds a bit of delicious tension to the book. Because of her, there's a little bit of romance, danger, and a thrill that wouldn't have been there if she wasn't.

Sarah has always annoyed me. She's kind of the damsel-in-distress who doesn't contribute at all. She just makes problems. However, I do think that it's sweet what John did for her in the first book. She just kind of hung around in the first book. Of course, this made me INCREDIBLY happy that she wasn't present in the second book. Although, I do admit that part of this response may be jealousy because I wish that I had John, haha.

Sam is one of my favorite characters in this. He's that geeky, insecure kid who is a sidekick, but is also sure to be central to the plot. He's just awesome. He's always nice, adds humor and friendship to the book, and makes you think. I'm also curious about his father. The book illuminated some about that, but I'm already itching to read the next book.

Intensity was a huge part of this. The entire book was intense. The beginning was more of an intro (but still fast paced), the middle left me aching to know what happened, and the end left me in misery. I am in agony!

The ACTION! Oh, Pittacus Lore, YOU KILL ME. The action was amazing. Fight sequences had immense detail and I was on the edge of my seat. It was a bite-your-nails pinch-yourself oh-my-God-oh-my-God-oh-my-God! ending. This was just amazing.

This is one of those books that I loved so much that I hated. This is one of those books that I really really really wanted an ARC of and when Kristi sent it to me (she's amazing, by the way) I was freaking out. I tore into it immediately and devoured it in one sitting. The problem with having an ARC of it though, was that...

HOW WAS I GOING TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK?! Not to mention that I had to wait for this book to come out to the world. I repeated to myself in a mantra, and tried to keep myself from hyperventilating. The book both ended wonderfully and with cliffhangers left me NEEDING the next book.

This is that book that I can't even DESCRIBE how amazing it is. Whatever book that you THOUGHT that no other could ever trump? The one that you reread over and  over, craving that action and just perfect read? Scratch that. The Power of Six is that times ten. Honestly, this is one of the best books that I have read in a long time.

I must admit that I went a little crazy recommending this to my friends. It's because everybody must read this. Somehow procure a copy. It is incredible!

Recommended to anybody who loves: The Hunger Games; City of Bones; Legend; action books; The Maze Runner; etc,.

No book club questions. No analyzing, just enjoy it! :)

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