The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

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.

Book 2 in the Lorien Legacies Series

The Power of Six picks up where the last book left off with John and Six; adding in the POV of Marina (Seven) as she is developing her powers in Spain and trying to convince her Cepon that she is ready to locate the rest of the garde.  John, Six and Sam are on the run from Paradise as the government now thinks John is a terrorist and has kidnapped Sam.  After a close call with the police, Sam is now considered an accomplice (much to his satisfaction, since the price of information about him is raised, LOL).  After John reads a letter left by Henri he finds out that Sam’s father was taken because he was a friend of the Loriens here on earth.  When Sam finds this out, he remembers something his father said that makes them realize they need to get back toParadise to locate a transmitter that was left for his dad to communicate with the Loriens. While there they are ambushed and forced to separate to locate John’s chest that was taken as well get to the Garde member in Spain.  John & Sam head to the lair of the Mogadorians while Six heads to Spain to help Seven.

As with the first book, it definitely has action packed adventures, though a bit more since the background info has already been laid out in the first book.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the POV being switched between John and Marina (Seven) but only because they weren’t clearly defined.  It would have been nice if they were labeled when they switched, especially new chapters since it took a couple of sentences to realize which POV I was reading as they were both in quite a few dicey situations. . . then I’d reread it so I was actually paying attention to the story line. 😛  Another thing that I didn’t really care for:  LOVE TRIANGLE.  Why does there always have to be one?  Can’t they just be on the run from the government and fighting evil alien beings?  Isn’t that enough??  John knows that Sam likes Six but now he’s all “since I’m not with Sarah I only see the life I’m living with Six, not Sarah”.  UGH.  In Four, John tells Sarah that Lorien’s love for life, and I admit even though he is a teenager, what girl doesn’t want to believe that??  It sounds great and then they do this?  I’m so sad. 😦 Sarah doesn’t even have a chance to fight for him or at least have the choice to fight.  So much for love, what a crock.  Of course to be fair that goes both ways.  The FBI is looking for John and Sarah knows he is innocent, but possibly turns him in so he won’t leave her?  SELFISH.

My favorite part is that they explored the powers a lot more than the first book, it doesn’t center on just one person’s abilities.  You learn what Marina and Nine (yes there are more introduced and I do have to say I’m leaning towards Nine as a favorite!:)) are capable of as well.  I can’t wait to see who shows up next book, but please enough with love triangles, there are enough characters to go around.

Pecans: 3.5/5

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