The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore [Review]
With the risk of sounding like a tween hipster, “The Power of Six” book was awesome. It picks up right where “I Am Number Four” left off and is so fast paced it left me no time to catch my breath.
John, Sam, and Six are still on the run and continually find themselves in the middle of trouble–either with the authorities or the Mogadorians–despite their attempts to stay hidden. As they search for the missing link between their planet Lorien, Earth, and the Mogadorians, we get a second story that alternates with the first. Marina, or Number Seven, lives in Spain in an orphanage at a convent when she is attacked by the Mogadorians. Though she’s had little combat training, she fights back with the help of some other Loriens.
I didn’t like this book as much as the first, and I’m pretty sure it was because of the alternating viewpoints between John and Marina. In the first book, I got to know John, understand his character traits, and his motivations for doing things. In the sequel, there is too much action to spend time on character development, so not only do we not get to know John better, Marina still seems like a stranger to me. John seems to have feeling for Six, even though he’s supposed to be in love with Sarah, but these feelings are so shallow I don’t believe them myself. Marina tries the entire book to get her Cepan, Adelina, to help her out, but it’s not until the last couple of chapters that Adelina does anything in the fight with the Mogadorians, and we never know what changed her mind.
I was glad that some of the questions that popped up in the first were answered in “The Power of Six”, and the web of mysteries and suspense kept growing. You can tell this was written by a guy, though, because the fight scene lasted for about nine chapters while the love scenes were short, sweet, and at times emotionally unbelievable.
I’m also angry, because it ended with one of the biggest cliffhangers ever, and I have to wait for the next book to come out before I even know what happens.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Harpercollins | Pages: 416 | Source: Library