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.
Also included is a sneak listen to the first chapter of the next book in the series. Enjoy!
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I enjoyed this book while driving. It kept me interested for the full 10 hours and was easy enough to keep up with the story - and Exciting enough to stay awake for a 10 hour drive!
There's nothing notable about John Smith being on the run. His life has been a nomadic blur of alternate names, new locations, and anonymity. What's new is the infamy. John is not just on the lam, he's now a notorious fugitive and he's not alone.
Picking up where Four left off, John and his friends are just trying to recuperate. But the world outside their seedy motel room is exploding with John mania. The media is being flooded with updates and revelations of John and Henri's seemingly criminal activities. Four's face is saturating the airways and internet. Too bad he didn't get that invisibility legacy.
She has been monitoring the news religiously. The events unfolding around a one John Smith is hard not to notice and has fueled her flame of curiosity all the way from the small Spanish town, where living the quiet life of devotion in her convent run orphanage has become the norm. It's been a long time since she felt the thrill of covert activities, moving from city to city, traveling from one european country to the next, and picking a new name to match her fleeing fancy. The last one she chose was Marina. She is number Seven.
John, Sam, and Six are trying to lay low and continue their training while deciding what their next move is, but that's kind of hard when you're driving a stolen truck with borrowed plates, every law enforcement agency is looking for you and only the blind have no idea what you look like. Of course traveling to the most unlikely and dangerous places possible doesn't help, neither are the close encounters with the Mogadorians who are tracking them a little too easily.
Marina is miserable. But the news on John Smith gives her hope. The chaos involving Smith causes Marina to believe he's Lorien like her and could be a sign of the Garde's emergence out of hiding. Unfortunately regardless of her developing legacies her education and training have been neglected. Marina's cepan Adelina has lost the will to do her duty, instead devoting her self to the church and dismissing any talk of Lorien. Marina knows that the safety of the Spain is on the brink and if Adelina won't see that then she'll leave on her own. But Adelina has hidden her chest and Marina can't leave it behind.
Skipping town is about to get harder. A mysterious man has been watching Marina, she's been a little careless and is starting to draw attention to her abilities. Marina's location is about to be compromised.
John is trying to deal. With the loss of his cepan Henri, having to leave behind his girlfriend Sarah, and his increasingly confusing feelings for Six, life is difficult enough without the bloodthirsty aliens constantly trying to kill him. But John and company are starting to learn the coincidences that brought them together may not be so random. Henri moved John to Ohio for a reason and Sam's missing father is a huge part of it. To discover what's going on they'll journey back home where everything began. As they get there it's looking less and less like Paradise.
Turmoil is on the horizon in Spain and Six feels the need for help emanating from the region. The glyphs of One, Two, and Three have been burned into a mountainside there as a beacon to Garde and Mogs alike, but John see it as an opportunity to sneak into the Mogadorians headquarters.
Can Four and Six divide and conquer?
Pittacus Lore's chronicles of the Lorien Legacies is extremely entertaining. Very addictive. The Power of Six is what I would call a bridge book. It's more about building the characters, strengthening the world, and establishing the threads for the larger storyline. Normally these in-between books, without a prominent individual plot of it's own, aren't usually as good as the rest in a series. But The Power of Six is the exception. There were a lot of mini threads cycling throughout the book keeping the story from becoming stagnant. The multi POVs also helped to thoroughly introduce us to Seven while maintaining our connection to John, Sam, and Six. The ever complicating relationships are balanced well with backstories, and lots of action. We meet some other interesting personalities like Nine, who stole the show since his first scene. I have the audiobook narrated by Neil Kaplan and Marisol Ramiez. They did a great job performing the voices, and I love that they have Ramiez doing Marina's POVs.
The Power of Six is just as engrossing as Four. Absolutely enthralling. I can't wait to meet five and eight! Some will live. Some die. Others will be lost. The war has just begun. Saving the world by numbers is my new obsession.
This book really gets the Lorien Legacies Series going. This is an awesome book, and I finally felt like the story was going somewhere. This book is about a couple of kids, some alien some human, who are on the run from law enforcement and other aliens. At the same time they are trying to find the remaining Lorien kids that were sent to earth. There is a lot of character development and dialogue along with great battle scenes.
Blood and Gore:
The aliens turn to dust when they are killed so there isn't much blood. There are a lot of intense battle scene, where many people are killed.
A couple swear words a chapter, very minimal.
It was definitely worth trudging through the first book to get to this one. I look forward to reading the third one when it come out. Recommended for 12 and up.
I'm a librarian, knitter, crochetter... I love audiobooks because I can knit and "read" at the same time.
I really liked this book, even better than the first one, but... The narrator espoils the experience.
The editors have to pay more attention in this detail, because we pay for what? Ten, twelve, sometimes even forty hours of listening and if the narrator is boring, irritating or whatever else, the experience of hearing the audiobook is totally lost.
I really hope the next book - that I'm really anxious for - has a different narrator.
Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.
Kick Ass Aliens
Berni Kosar of course. who wouldnt want a shapeshifting moag munchin Beagle of doom.
This story it only getting better as it goes on. If you have read i am number four or even just seen the movie, you must listen to this book. Its even better then the first and i cant wait for the next part.
I have seen the ratings on this book and it looks like I am in the minority of readers, thinking this book lacked excitement. I enjoyed "I Am Number Four" and looked forward to this book. I knew the first book was slow to start so I expected this book to be the same but it didn't seem to catch my interest until the last hour and then I thought the ending was abrupt (and of course, a big cliff-hanger until the next book). Even though I am an adult, I have enjoyed teen books before but I will definitely think twice about purchasing the next book in this series.
Starting to wonder about the painfully clumsy detailed battle moves and erratic emotions of the characters. The story feels stretched and I'm worrying about having preordered the whole series-it's playing out in my head just like a PlayStation game.
So much potential for a richer story but I think it's too drawn out.
Starting to understand why there's only one film......
The ending was full of action!
::SPOILER:: I liked 9.
Marisol's voice was a nice break from Neil's. However I'm beginning to realize that it's not so much his total narration I dislike but his "feminine" voices that I do not like. It comes out more mocking than I think he realizes....
""SPOILER:: Adelina's death. Even though you know it's inevitable... And 10's near death. That scared me!
The characters freeze up waaaay too much to be heroes! Heroics are instinctive...this is probably why I like 9 and 6 so much. You can feign it off as their training was better but like I said, these powers they were given are old powers and should be somewhat instinctive. They should be trying to get them under control...not make them work.
As with the first book, Sam is my favorite character. He is just so vulnerable and sweet. I'd like to think he and I would be friends.
I do not have a favorite. I think both voices were done well. When they did each other's voices, it always through me off a bit, but I liked it because I could imagine young adults talking about one another and changing their voice to mimic one another. It was nice.
Yes, as with the other books in the series, I could not wait to get to the end. Still, the end just leaves the reader/listener wanting more since it is only the second book in the series.
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