My Thoughts On: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Posted September 28, 2011 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Published by HarperCollins
Publish Date:  August 23, 2011

406 Pages
My Source:  Borrowed from
Ashley @ Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing
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.  -(summary from

My Thoughts:  I absolutely loved I Am Number Four, so I was thrilled to pieces when Ashley graciously let me borrow this book. The anticipation I had for this book was ridiculous, and friends, it did not disappoint.

Here are some things I loved about the book:

  1. John, Six, & Sam. The old cast is back, and they’re better than they were before. They work well together. There are a few awkward scenes this time because of a love triangle that pops up between these three, but the triangle is well-handled and I did not find it particularly annoying. I specifically want to mention that I love the way John and Six teach Sam to fight like they fight and defend himself against the Mogadorians, as this comes in handy in a few places in the book. I love this trio and think they make great leading characters. 
  2. Marina. Number Seven. Marina lives in hiding in Spain with her cepan and is pretty much clueless about her heritage and how she is supposed to go about living on Earth. This is completely the fault of her cepan, as she spent more time trying to blend in than trying to teach Marina the ways of the Garde. This causes trouble when they are found by the Mogadorians. 
  3. Bernie Kosar. Come on…we all know the shape-shifting dog is awesome. 
  4. Action scenes. There are plenty of fight scenes and action scenes. I love them all. In particular, Six has awesome legacies and abilities, and her strength is so much fun. She is such a butt-kicking female character, and she gives girls a good name. 
  5. Surprises. There were plenty of plot twists in this story. Every time my heart rate would come back down from a huge action scene, there would be a huge plot twist that would send it right back up, and then the story would go straight into another thrilling action scene…and this was the way of the entire book. There was never a dull moment. 
  6. New characters. There are some new characters that are introduced in this book that will be carried over into the next book of this series. I’m not going to say anything about them or I will surely give something away, so I must keep everything a secret! But I will say that I am super excited to see where the author takes the story where these characters are concerned. I love their addition to the story. Love it!
There were a couple of things in the story that made me roll my eyes and grimace a little bit. For example, in the beginning Marina was unsure of herself and soft-spoken. The further I read, though, I chalked this up to her being stuck over in Spain in an orphanage with a cepan that was pretty much unwilling to help her like she was supposed to. Marina knew she was different and that she didn’t belong there, but she couldn’t do anything about it without revealing who she was, and this caused a lack of confidence. As the book progressed and as her legacies developed, Marina became more sure of herself and more confident and I began to like her more and more. In addition, I chuckled out loud in a couple of instances where it seemed like John made some mistakes. Once again, though, as I read I realized that John was just a goofy teenage boy–another teenager without the guidance of a cepan–and I chalked this up to another case of inexperience, just as with Marina. These cases were not negatives against the book at all, just things I observed. I suppose they were little flaws in the characters that made them feel more human to me even though they weren’t human at all. If anything, they certainly made them more likable to me. 
I understand that aliens and sci-fi books aren’t everyone’s favorite genre. But I gotta tell you all–I am over the moon about this series. I really liked the first book and I really loved this most recent book, The Power of Six. It had excellent pacing and a thrilling plot. I found myself turning pages quickly, just having a royal fit to find out what was about to happen to these characters that I was so attached to. I love the new characters and I love the way that the story was not too cheesy (which can easily happen in this genre). 
I recommend this book to anyone who has read I Am Number Four. It is much more exciting than the first book in the series. It will be a very long wait, for me, until the next one comes out. 

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3 responses to “My Thoughts On: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

  1. Sam got taught how to fight?! That is awesome!

    BERNIE! I missed him!

    I'm starting to notice, I'm liking and reading more and more science fiction. I'm not sure why…is it becoming more popular? Or like I said in the post I commented on, I need to find awesome stuff to read and science fiction is different!

    Great review Asheley!

  2. I totally share your love of this series. I will admit, sometimes the writing makes me cringe…sooo bad! And yet, fully in love with the story.

    Bernie Kosar is by far my favorite character 😉 He totally counts, lol.

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