Sunday, October 2, 2011

Same Book, Second Look - The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Published: August 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 406
Copy: library
Summary: Goodreads

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.

A couple of weeks ago our good friend Special K did a guest review of this book for us (check it out here).  It intrigued me so much I almost went out and bought the book, but luckily for my bank account my copy arrived from the library.  I really enjoyed I Am Number Four - on paper, audio and film - so I was especially hyped to see what would happen to Alex Pettyfer, oops sorry - Number four, in this new installment.  I'm happy to report I was not disappointed.

Four is on the run with Six and Sam is jogging along behind them like a puppy dog - no sorry, that's Bernie Kosar!  There is lots of amazing, suspenseful action; some interesting romantic twists; new villains and an expansion of the Mogadorian background; and we meet more numbers.  I won't go into too much detail, Special K said it all very nicely, and she is quite right about the fact that telling you too much would just be spoiler central.

One thing I did enjoy was the alternating POV's in this book.  Four's story is told in regular type and Six's is told in italics.  As the action heats up, these two type faces start changing with increasing regularity and it really becomes quite suspenseful.  I found my myself getting quite excited towards the end.  Cliffhanger ending?  Not quite, but we are definitely set up for some more excitement in the next volume and I for one can't wait.  Anyone know if there will be a second movie?

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