Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Double Review: The Power of Six & I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six
(Lorien Legacies # 2)
By: Pittacus Lore
Pub. Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 406
Source: Borrowed
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.
I absolutely loved I Am Number Four. I loved Henri and Sam and especially John Smith. When I saw that The Power of Six was going to be in the POV of Marina, whose number 7, I was disappointed. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Power of Six is written in the POV of Marina AND John Smith!! Woohoo!

It took me a little time to warm up to Marina. Her story was so boring at first because there was no action. Her and her Cepan, Adelina have been hiding out in a convent in South America. Adelina wants no part in teaching Marina how to battle or about Lorien. I felt so bad for her!

Once we get to John's chapter, I was completely intrigued. John, Sam, and Six are trying to stay under the radar, and nothing ever goes their way. There was so much action and intense scenes. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time.

By the time the stories merge-HOLY CRAP!! I thought the story was intense before the ending chapters, but now! I really had no idea how this story was going to play out and the cliffhanger was crazy! I can not wait until the third book, which I hear is called The Rise of Nine!  

The characters were great. Marina had to learn how to use her legacies all by herself, and she was so strong-willed. She wanted to protect everyone. John was his sweet and funny self, and trying to deal with Henri's death was heartbreaking. We were introduced to Six in I Am Number Four, and in this one we see a much more vulnerable side to her. I really liked her. She is so kick-ass! I loved the training scenes between her and John. They were so much fun.

We learn a lot more about the Lorien planet and people in this one and I loved it. I can't wait to find out even more in the third book.

Overall, I was very pleased with The Power of Six. Sometimes, the second book isn't always good as the first one, but this plays off what we learn in I Am Number Four and just makes it so much better!

I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy
(Lorien Legacies # 0.5)
By: Pittacus Lore
Pub. Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 65
Source: Bought
Number Six—when John meets her in I Am Number Four she’s strong, powerful, and ready to fight. But who is she? Where has she been living? How has she been training? When did she develop her legacies? And how does she know so much about the Mogadorians?

In I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy, discover the story behind Six. Before Paradise, Ohio, before John Smith, Six was traveling through West Texas with her CÊpan, Katarina. What happened there would change Six forever….
I really thought that The Power of Six was going to be Six's story, but after reading it I see how that would be dumb since Six was with John, but I thought this short story was the perfect filler for fans of Six. In Six's Legacy we learn where Six came from, what her Cepan was like, and how she died.

I thought it was really interesting to see her before she was the kick-ass chick we meet in I Am Number Four. Her story is a sad one because her Cepan died when she was thirteen and she had to learn to use her legacies alone. Since her Cepan was like a mother to her, the same way Henri was a father to John, she has been alone for a very long time.

I thought Six's Legacy was a wonderful introduction to Six's character. I read it before I read The Power of Six. You could read it before or after, but I think it makes more sense to read it before. 


  1. I've seen both of these books and I was wondering if I would like them. They sound great, I'm going to have to add them to my wish list. Great review!

  2. Just wondering, how closely does the I am Number Four movie follow the book? Did you like the movie?

    1. I really enjoyed the movie, but the book is definitely better. It follows the book in some ways, but not many. A lot of things are different, and I liked the books version of those events and characteristics of John much better.

  3. I loved The Power of Six! Much better than the first book. Great review.


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