Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Publication Date:  August 23rd, 2011
HarperCollins
Format:  Hardcover, 406 pages
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SUMMARY
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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MY TAKE: 2/5 STARS
Initial Reaction After Reading:
I’m thoroughly angry. The majority of the book was a fantastic read…until I got to the parts where Four/John Smith agonized like a fickle boy stuck between loving one girl and liking another. Oh, there’s a difference. It makes me mad that THIS overshadowed how great this book could’ve been. I’m sorry that I’m so hung up on the forced romances in this book but I detest love triangles; hate it, hate it, hate it – with a passion. I have debated on abadoning this book but with only about a quarter left, I forced down the irritation and persevered to continue.
Highlights:
  • The instalment to I Am Number Four follows the story of Four, Six and Sam on the run from the law and from the Mogadorians on their tails. Much like its predecessor, this book was action packed and full of unrelenting thrills.  
  • We finally learned of the contents of the chests and the legacies that will help the surviving six exiles to find each other and fight for Lorien’s resurgence.
  • Sam and Bernie Kozar remain my favorite characters of this series but I also enjoyed some new characters that were introduced: Ella and Hector.
  • Six is a bad-ass, kick ass chick, who unfortunately, had to suffer being a part of a ridiculous love triangle. We get to learn more about the life she led with her deceased Cephan, Katarina. I love her ferocity and will toward whatever purpose she was supposed to fulfill.
  • Step aside, Four, I have a new favorite Loric. Number Seven, much like Six is resolute in her beliefs. Having lived most of her Earth life in a convent, the suffocation she felt at being ‘imprisoned’ was palpable. I was frustrated with Adelina for renouncing her duties as her Cephan, but thankfully, there was some redemption in her character toward the end.
Lowlights:
  • Four/ John Smith. Through much of his angsty soliloquy about Sarah and Six, the thoughts swirling through my head was that this book was not written by the original author who wrote I Am Number Four. It just cannot be. How in the world could you introduce me to a strong male lead in the first book and then turn him into a pantsy, angsty alien on the next? The decision to see Sarah in Paradise was, in the spirit of honesty, the STUPIDEST thing he could ever done. I’m just having a hard time digesting how Four turned out. I’m almost glad that the entire book wasn’t told in his POV, because, seriously, when he’s not fighting Mogs? Being in his head made me want to slit my wrist. I’m not kidding. Stop pining already! Ugh.
  • Speaking of Sarah, why do I get the feeling that what she did was just a veiled attempt to force feed me with the idea of Four and Six?  Right now? I really couldn’t care less who Four ends up with. I am more interested to see what happens to the rest of the Lorics. Sarah was another character who turned Jekyll and Hyde on me. I just don’t understand why the author chose to un-developed these two characters. I didn’t really warm up to the idea of Sarah and Four but I’m furious that the author sold me – completely at that, on the first book with their professions of love only to make a mockery of it on the next. What.the.heck.
Final Thoughts:
Even after receiving a lukewarm reception from me, this book definitely did its job of building anticipation for the next one. I really am looking forward to reading the third instalment, regardless of how angry this book made me. I still think that this is an amazing series but I AM SO OVER FOUR.

  • Well this is one angsty review lol but I can feel you! hang in there Joy!

  • lol… I was over Four after the 1st book. I doubt I'll read this one any time soon. It does get kind of annoying how it seems like authors have to force some kind of love triangle now. Gah!