Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Review: The Power of Six

So what can I say about The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore?  Well,  it was not as good as I am Number Four which was actually a great book.

In the Power of Six we are again following the story of John Smith or Number Four after he has left Paradise, Ohio along with his friend Sam and Number Six.  They are wounded and on the run.  It's what to be expected considering the ending of the previous book.  And while we follow them around as they wander around the U.S. we are introduced to Seven, who is also called Marina.

Marina lives in an orphanage with her Cepan, Adelina.  Adelina has abandoned her duites to train and teach Marina and has essentially become a nun.  So Marina is left to her own devices to discover her legacies for herself.

I really enjoyed the "idea" behind the story since I really like I am Number Four but I really felt that The Power of Six was lacking in the story telling area.  Things were never really serious and the battles in the story could almost be overlooked even though that it what the story is mainly about.  When describing these scenes Pittacus Lore (James Frey) was obviously rushed to finish the story.  It seemed like he was trying so hard to create cool stuff that was going on he forgot how to tell the story.  When reading through it I felt as if someone was telling me about these battles in a very boring monotone voice.  There was no excitement.  There could have been a lot more.

There was also an attempt at a love triangle that failed.  It didn't seem worth the effort to add it in.  John was supposed to be in love with Sarah and now he wants Six and Sam also wants Six who wants John and Sam.  It's too complicated.  I know that they are teenagers in the story but, come on, enough with the raging hormones, there are two planets that need saving and it can't get done if all our main characters are worried about is if they'll have a girlfriend or not.

Oh and a slight spoiler, we also get to briefly meet, Nine and Ten.  That's right... I said Ten.  Even though there were only supposed to be Nine there is a Tenth Lorien walking on earth.

The next book in the series The Rise of Nine is due out in August.  I'll have to check it out and hopefully we will see the return of great story telling to make it worth continuing on.