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The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

In Pittacus Lore’s edge-of-your-seat sequel The Power of Six. We once again meet up with “John Smith” aka Number Four, Sam Goode, and Number Six. They’re still on the run from the evil Mogodorians who are seeking to kill John next–numerically– since One through Three are dead. His death would mean they were one step closer to killing Number Nine, and thus achieving galactic domination. This book flips between two perspectives, and many new characters are introduced, namely Number Seven.

In The Power of Six, we meet “Marina” aka Number Seven. She lives in a convent/orphanage in Spain with her Cepan, Adelina. Her days are spent developing her Legacies in secracy  waiting until she is old enough to forge out on her own and find the other members of the Garde.

Meanwhile, John is involved in a much more dire struggle. Not only is his number up with the “Mogs,” but he is also on the FBI’s most wanted list for terrorism. Humans and aliens alike fervently hunt him. Only thoughts of his desceased Cepan, Henri and his girlfriend Sarah keep him going strong. But is Sarah everything that she seems to be?

I have nothing but good things to say about this sequel, in fact, I’d even venture that it’s much better than I am Number Four. Far more suspense, and way more action-packed; I couldn’t put it down. I liked the triad of interactions between Four, Six, and Sam and the new (romantic?) developments between the comrades. I also really liked the introduction of Marina, which gave a breather from all the frenetic energy of John’s story (and a good peek into some other awesome Legacies.)

One of the most interesting aspects of the book in my opinion, was the stark difference between Henri and Adelina. How Henri was an intellectual and always on the move with John to keep him safe– yet Adelina stopped believing in the Loric quest to save their race and rather than protecting Marina, turned her face towards God instead. I could really feel Marina’s frustration in wanting to start her real life, and her anger towards her Cepan for refusing to help her develop her Legacies– telling her that Lorien was nothing more than a fairy tale.

Many new things are learned about Lorien, and that also adds to this book’s appeal. We also (finally!) get to see what’s instead John’s Inheritance chest.Without giving too much away, I will say— The Power of Six certainly held power over me…

5 of 5 stars

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