My Thoughts About The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore (James Frey) (Book Review #46)

The Power of Six immediately picks up where I Am Number Four left off. We follow as John (who is still mourning the loss of his father figure and friend, Henri), his dog/chimeara, Bernie Kossar, Six and Sam are in hiding and on the run, weeks after the epic battle at the school, from both the US authorities (tagging them as terrorists) and from the vile Mogadorians. The book is about them running, fighting the authorities and some Mogs, then running again and then more fighting. They also, in between had training, among themselves.

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We’re introduced to Marina, or Number Seven, who’s hiding in a convent in Spain with her Cepan who long since abandoned her duties, refusing to talk about Marina’s Legacies and heritage, trusting the certainty and comfort provided by her new religion. Denied of training, Marina has to learn everything on her own and having to deal with her own problems — problems with the other humans and with her own Loric nature. We’re also introduced to Number Nine after John and Sam tried to get back John’s Chest from the main headquarters of the Mogs after it was taken from them in an attack. Then there’s another member who was not on the ship that came to Earth. And she’s number TEN! Upon the arrival of her character, whose name I will not mention, I immediately knew that something is special with her. And yes, i was not disappointed at all at how she was later revealed to be number Ten. We also got a glimpse of the Mogadorian’s leader who seems to be a very terrifying villain. There were a lot of things revealed in this second book like the connection of Sam’s missing father to the Gardes, the location of the other Gardes and also what’s really inside their Chests.

The book is a duel narrative. It splits between John (Number Four) and new character Marina (Number Seven). The voices alternate them, sometimes it changes from chapter by chapter, other times more quickly, to show more action and rapid urgency to the scenes. I could say that that strategy worked. Allowing a different member of the Garde to narrate gave the readers a wider perspective on what’s the life of the others and made the book more engaging. I like it when the story lines switch. It’s not at all confusing as it was balanced. I understand why Four’s POV is still present considering that he’s the main character but I would have appreciated it more if the writer could just have added another character’s perspective.

“The only limits for tomorrow are the doubts we have today.”
― Pittacus Lore, The Power of Six

The writing style is so neat making it a quick and light read. The author chose to write the story using first person present tense which I struggled to connect at first but I eventually get used to it. It made the book even more engaging. I also like the unpredictability of the book, there’s no telling what would happen next, which made me want to read more and more.

I like the connection between the characters and how they deeply care for each other. They stood up for each other. I like how the friendships and love blossomed and how there were also touches of betrayal and heartaches. The book has a tiny bit of romance but it’s subtle and handled really well not making it the main focus of the story line. John is finding it hard to hide his true feelings with Six despite still being in love with Sarah.

“The key to change is letting go of the fear.”
― Pittacus Lore, The Power of Six

The book has many battles – each more impressive, interesting and action packed than the one before. It gets more and more intense as each page goes by which makes this one page turner. There were ALOT of breath-taking action scenes. If I were to compare books 1 and 2, the sequel is even more fast paced and captivating. I also enjoyed how each of the member shows and develops their Legacies and the uses of the gems in their Chests. I loved finding out more about the Loric’s history. After finishing the book, I still have so much more to question and anticipate in the next book.

I can’t wait to read the next book and see how all the Loriens will finally find each other, and how their stories will intersect.

“Never lose faith in yourself, and never lose hope; remember, even when this world throws its worst and then turns its back, there is still always hope.”
― Pittacus Lore, The Power of Six

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