FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T READ SO GOOD
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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“I am Number Four” was a fun read that managed to blend classic Sci-Fi with the usual teen drama tropes. In a perfect side-story, Number Seven is hiding out in Spain, but the Magadorians are closing in. And her protector seems to have turned her back on their past and purpose. The book is as action-packed as it’s predecessor and full of revelations that shed light on the Loriens and their relationship with humanity. But for all the questions answered, the mysteries deepen making The Power of Six slightly more satisfying.
Basically, 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.
In the end, the book is a pretty quick read for those that want a book to close out the end of summer. The kicker is that it really takes a deep understanding of the previous book and its universe to really get into the material. I understand that they’re trying to build a franchise, but new readers should be able to jump on it pretty easily. For readers that’ve only seen the movie, I recommend picking up the original book. The visuals of a film are nice and all, but they fail to compare to the rich world of the Numbers and their attempts to evade the Mogs.
RELEASE DATE: 8/23/2011