The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies Series #2)

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies Series #2)

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by Pittacus Lore
     
 

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They know about the charm.

They know about our legacies.

They caught Number One, Number Two, and Number Three.

They killed them all.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

We are growing stronger.

We are starting to come together.

We are ready to fight.

We are the last defense.

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Overview

They know about the charm.

They know about our legacies.

They caught Number One, Number Two, and Number Three.

They killed them all.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

We are growing stronger.

We are starting to come together.

We are ready to fight.

We are the last defense.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“There’s genuine suspense…it’s easy to get lost in the world of the sweet teen from another planet.”
Booklist
“Terrifically propulsive.”
The Horn Book
“Riveting.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The intense pace, bigger-than-life fight scenes, and good vs. evil showdown set up a series that will easily draw in action-oriented sci-fi fans, who will eagerly await the next round.”
Justine Magazine
“This is a can’t-put-it-down book.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The intense pace, bigger-than-life fight scenes, and good vs. evil showdown set up a series that will easily draw in action-oriented sci-fi fans, who will eagerly await the next round.”
Michael Bay
Praise for I AM NUMBER FOUR: “Number Four is a hero for this generation.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“The intense pace, bigger-than-life fight scenes, and good vs. evil showdown set up a series that will easily draw in action-oriented sci-fi fans, who will eagerly await the next round.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The intense pace, bigger-than-life fight scenes, and good vs. evil showdown set up a series that will easily draw in action-oriented sci-fi fans, who will eagerly await the next round."
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Lore picks up and expands on a strong premise that originated in the first novel. An intriguing potential romantic triangle brewing between John, Six, and Sam adds layers as they search for answers.”
VOYA - Matthew Weaver
The Power of Six picks up the story started in Lore's I Am Number Four (HarperCollins, 2010/VOYA December 2010)—do not bother looking for five—which was adapted into a movie. The story follows several of nine superhot, superpowered teenaged aliens who can only be killed in a particular order by a powerful rival race, or if they are all together. The sequel finds John Smith (Number Four) on the run with his best friend, Sam, and a female fellow alien, known only as Six. John's mentor is dead, and he misses his human girlfriend, but he is also starting to pick up on a same-species attraction with Six, who knows how to kick rump and take names. The action also jumps to a new character, Seven, who hides out with her guide at a Spanish convent and searches desperately for any news of John, fearful that the enemies are closing in. Lore—presumably really author James Frey—picks up and expands on a strong premise that originated in the first novel. An intriguing potential romantic triangle brewing between John, Six, and Sam adds layers as they search for answers, and the Seven plot line is more engrossing than it has any right to be. Like I Am Number Four, The Power of Six only stumbles as it concludes, casting those factors which make the story bold and fresh aside in favor of an easy, cinematic conflict as it prepares for the next title and builds toward a final numerical showdown. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Courageous Lorien and malevolent Mogadorian aliens continue vying to destroy each other in this second book in the "Lorien Legacies" series. Readers meet Marina, Number Seven of the Lorien Nine, and her Cepan Adeline, living at a Spanish convent. The story then shifts to John Smith's whereabouts. Recovering from the battle which destroyed his Paradise, Ohio school, John eludes authorities seeking to capture him, traveling with his friends Sam and Six. The narrative alternates American and Spanish accounts in separate chapters and then within chapters as the aliens' destinies merge. Marina reads news online about John, notices strangers lurking near the convent, and fears the Mogs have located her. She befriends orphaned Ella who demonstrates extraordinary skills and Hector who lives in the nearby village. John grieves his Cepan Henri, finally reading his letter. He learns about Six's experiences with her Cepan Katarina, especially details of the pair's torture and confiscation of Six's chest by Mogadorians at those cruel aliens' West Virginia mountain lair. The trio risks returning to Paradise when they discover Sam's missing father left a clue there. Six becomes aware of Marina's plight, traveling to Spain to assist her, while John and Sam go to West Virginia to find Six's chest. Action swiftly intensifies as the two groups of Lorien warriors fight enemies and suffer losses. The Lorien aliens' exploits will satisfy fans who will be eager for resolution of cliffhangers in this book and development of roles for new characters. Compare the use of science fiction literary elements to depict Lorien protagonists with portrayals of combat training in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (1985) and alien objects in William Sleator's The Boxes (1998). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Following on the heels of the action-packed I Am Number Four (HarperCollins, 2010), The Power of Six opens with the introduction of a new character, Number Seven, also known as Marina, who, with her Garde, Adelina, has been confined to a convent in Spain for several years following their arrival by spaceship from the planet Lorien. One afternoon, while exploring the Internet for her allotted 10 minutes, she comes across a reference to John Smith of Ohio, which gives her the impetus to flee her relatively safe hideout and search for the remaining survivors. As they age, the Lorien children's Legacies, or powers, are beginning to emerge and strengthen, leading them to take the fight to the heart of the Mogadorian stronghold. While this second book in the proposed six-book series has many of the same weaknesses of the first-a lack of character development, pedestrian dialogue, and uneven continuity-the nonstop action and violence-packed fight sequences will keep fans of the first novel happy. Think Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instead of Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Readers should expect mayhem and monsters rather than traditional science fiction, but the popularity of the first book and the movie will create a demand for this and subsequent titles.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews

The James Frey assembly-line approach to teen lit has generated another boomfest.

John is Number Four, the next alien teen in line to be killed by the vile Mogadorians. A charm dictates that John and the other nine destined planet-saviors be killed in numerical order because... just because, okay? Since the conclusion ofI Am Number Four(2010), John's been on the run with his best friend Sam and alien girl Number Six. Despite the title, Number Six's only role here is to be the butt-kicking object of Sam's and John's affections; John's quests, which range chaotically from escape to rescuing Sam to mooning over his high-school girlfriend, are always paramount. John's chapters interweave with those of Marina, Number Seven, hiding in a convent school in Spain. As Marina's story line involves a tiny bit of actual depth, the frequent cuts back to John only make him seem more vapid by comparison. Ultimately, the two stories climax with flaming green fireballs, mobs of alien monsters, heroes wielding lightning and the conflagration of countless Mogadorians. Michael Bay (who produced the 2011 film adaptation of book one) will surely be pleased.

Straight to blockbuster without any stops for character development, worldbuilding or internal logic along the way.(Science fiction. 12-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061974571
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Series:
Lorien Legacies Series, #2
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
39,311
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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The Power of Six


By Pittacus Lore

HarperCollins

Copyright © 2011 Pittacus Lore
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061974557


Chapter One

My name is Marina, as of the sea, but I wasn't
called that until much later. In the beginning I was known
merely as Seven, one of the nine surviving Garde from the
planet Lorien, the fate of which was, and still is, left in
our hands. Those of us who aren't lost. Those of us still
alive.
I was six when we landed. When the ship jolted to a
halt on Earth, even at my young age I sensed how much
was at stake for us—nine Cêpan, nine Garde—and that
our only chance waited for us here. We had entered the
planet's atmosphere in the midst of a storm of our own
creation, and as our feet found Earth for the very first
time, I remember the wisps of steam that rolled off the
ship and the goose bumps that covered my arms. I hadn't
felt the wind in a year, and it was freezing outside. Somebody
was there waiting for us. I don't know who he was,
only that he handed each Cêpan two sets of clothes and a
large envelope. I still don't know what was in it.
As a group we huddled together, knowing we might
never see one another again. Words were spoken, hugs
were given, and then we split up, as we knew we must,
walking in pairs in nine different directions. I kept peering
over my shoulder as the others receded in the distance
until, very slowly, one by one, they all disappeared. And
then it was just Adelina and me, alone. I realize now just
how scared Adelina must have been.
I remember boarding a ship headed to some unknown
destination. I remember two or three different trains after
that. Adelina and I kept to ourselves, huddled against
each other in obscure corners, away from whoever might
be around. We hiked from town to town, over mountains
and across fields, knocking on doors that were quickly
slammed in our faces. We were hungry, tired, and scared.
I remember sitting on a sidewalk begging for change. I
remember crying instead of sleeping. I'm certain that
Adelina gave away some of our precious gems from Lorien
for nothing more than warm meals, so great was our need.
Perhaps she gave them all away. And then we found this
place in Spain.
A stern looking woman I would come to know as Sister
Lucia answered the heavy oak door. She squinted at
Adelina, taking in her desperation, the way her shoulders
drooped.
"Do you believe in the word of God?" the woman asked
in Spanish, pursing her lips and narrowing her eyes in
scrutiny.
"The word of God is my vow," Adelina replied with a
solemn nod. I don't know how she knew this response—
perhaps she learned it when we stayed in a church
basement weeks before—but it was the right one. Sister
Lucia opened the door.
We've been here ever since, eleven years in this stone
convent with its musty rooms, drafty hallways, and hard
floors like slabs of ice. Aside from the few visitors, the
internet is my only source to the world outside our small
town; and I search it constantly, looking for some indication
that the others are out there, that they're searching,
maybe fighting. Some sign that I'm not alone, because
at this point I can't say that Adelina still believes, that
she's still with me. Her attitude changed somewhere over
the mountains. Maybe it was with the slam of one of the
doors that shut a starving woman and her child out in the
cold for another night. Whatever it was, Adelina seems to
have lost the urgency of staying on the move, and her faith
in the resurgence of Lorien seems to have been replaced
by the faith shared by the convent's Sisters. I remember
a distinct shift in Adelina's eyes, her sudden speeches on
the need for guidance and structure if we were to survive.
My faith in Lorien remains intact. In India, a year and
a half ago, four different people witnessed a boy move
objects with his mind. While the significance behind the
event was small at first, the boy's abrupt disappearance
shortly thereafter created much buzz in the region, and
a hunt for him began. As far as I know, he hasn't been
found.
A few months ago there was news of a girl in Argentina
who, in the wake of an earthquake, lifted a five ton slab of
concrete to save a man trapped beneath it; and when news
of this heroic act spread, she disappeared. Like the boy in
India, she's still missing.
And then there's the father-son duo making all the
news now in America, in Ohio, who the police are hunting
after the two allegedly demolished an entire school by
themselves, killing five people in the process. They left no
trace behind other than mysterious heaps of ash.
"It looks like a battle took place here. I don't know how
else to explain it," the head investigator was quoted as
saying. "But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom
of this, and we will find Henri Smith and his son, John."
Perhaps John Smith, if that's his real name, is merely
a boy with a grudge who was pushed too far. But I don't
think that's the case. My heart races whenever his picture
appears on my screen. I'm gripped with a profound
desperation that I can't quite explain. I can feel it in my
bones that he's one of us. And I know, somehow, that I
must find him.

(Continues...)



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