The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore read by Neil Kaplan and Marisol Ramiez
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.
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