Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

     And then there were six. In the much-anticipated sequel to the widely popular I Am Number Four, the surviving garde remain scattered in various locations in hiding, fleeing and fighting mode, most completely unaware of the other’s locations and welfare.  Their only key to knowing that each other is alive is through their uniquely numbered deaths.  The first three are gone and now only six remain.

 Number four John Smith has fled with his trusted chimera Berni Cosar after the murder of his cepan and life long father figure Henri. He now finds himself perpetually on the run. Narrowly escaping Paradise, Ohio with nowhere to turn, he struggles to remain hidden from both the alien forces of the vicious Mogadorians, the police and now the military since he is mistakenly believed to be a possible terrorist by the United States Government. Travelling by his side for the completely unpredictable ride is the ferociously mysterious raven-haired number six and his loyal human friend Sam.

 Dealing with the death of his adoptive father and the loss of leaving behind his human love interest Sarah has been tough on John but keeping on the run and searching for answers to his destiny continues to keep him occupied. It seems everywhere he turns eyes are watching him although one particular watcher is an elite member of the Lorien garde just like him. In this book readers are given a view into not only John’s Smith’s fast-paced world but the world of another more feminine garde member as well.  While many readers may hope for more of the secretive number six, a new female character emerges in The Power of Six.

 As we follow the plight of number four we also become involved in the story of another Lorien child: number seven.  Marina has been safely hidden in Spain deep within the serene convent of Santa Theresa for some time now. Life has become calm and almost boring in its consistency with most of her excitement coming from scouring the news for evidence of those like herself. She watches daily, eager for tell tale signs of other garde as her Legacies develop in the protection of the orphanage.  However safety may not last and soon Marina may be put to the test just like John. Will they find one another or will the garde continue to fight alone and die one by one?

 In this action packed sequel Pittacus Lore has allowed us a differing view into the world of Lorien through his multiple character insights. Instead of only John Smith’s point of view, readers are now given a more calming and feminine insight in that of Marina, which adds a whole new voice to the world of the Loriens.  Also beneficial is the added general information about the planet of Lorien and it’s illusive history including the garde, their hidden legacies and a fabled tale of what will happen in their near future.

 In The Power of Six readers will delight in the active and descriptive fight scenes while also enjoying delving into more of the secrets hidden deep within the lore of the garde.  Questions are answered and new ones are posed in a sequel that lives up to its predecessor’s immense success.

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore will be released on August 23, 2011.

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3 responses to “Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

  1. Sounds like a great series. I need to go back and read I Am Number 4!

  2. stilettostorytime

    It is a great series although not usually my “cup of tea” but after seeing the first movie…my husband is now asking about what happens in this book…trying to get him to read it…we shall see! =)

  3. I haven’t read Number Four, but I watched the movie and enjoyed it. I must try the book someime

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