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The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies Series #2)

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies Series #2)

4.5 1990
by Pittacus Lore

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The second book of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!

In the beginning, nine aliens left their home planet Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorians. They scattered on Earth and went into hiding. They look like ordinary teenagers but have extraordinary powers. The Mogs have come for them. They killed Number One


The second book of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!

In the beginning, nine aliens left their home planet Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorians. They scattered on Earth and went into hiding. They look like ordinary teenagers but have extraordinary powers. The Mogs have come for them. They killed Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. They tried to get John Smith, Number Four, in Ohio—but they failed.

Now John has joined forces with Number Six, and they are on the run. But they are not alone. Already John and Six have inspired Marina, Number Seven, who has been hiding in Spain. She’s been following the news of what’s happening, and she’s certain this is the sign she’s been waiting for. It’s time to come together.

Michael Bay, director of Transformers, raved: “Number Four is a hero for this generation.” This epic story is perfect for fans of action-packed science fiction like The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancey, The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

The battle for Earth’s survival wages on. Don’t miss the rest of the series: #3: The Rise of Nine, #4: The Fall of Five, #5: The Revenge of Seven, #6: The Fate of Ten, and #7: United as One.

Don’t miss the first book in the brand-new I Am Number Four spin-off series: Generation One.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“There’s genuine suspense…it’s easy to get lost in the world of the sweet teen from another planet.”
“Terrifically propulsive.”
The Horn 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.”
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)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Lorien Legacies Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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The Power of Six

By Pittacus Lore


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
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
"Do you believe in the word of God?" the woman asked
in Spanish, pursing her lips and narrowing her eyes in
"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
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.


Excerpted from The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore Copyright © 2011 by Pittacus Lore. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Pittacus Lore is Lorien's ruling Elder. He has been on Earth preparing for the war that will decide Earth's fate. His whereabouts are unknown.

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The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies Series # 2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1990 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. Read I am Number Four 2. Buy this book 3. Read the first few pages 4. Read a little more 5. And some more 6. And a little bit more 7. Fall in love with the book 8. Run outside... 9. Take a deep breath... 10. Scream at the top of lungs,"I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!" 11. Go back inside 12. Turn on you Nook 13. Find this comment 14. What?!?! There's a button that says "Yes" under "Was this review helpful?" Huh? You can click that? You should totally do that! Thank you!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading the first book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours. Can't wait for this to come out!!
sport32 More than 1 year ago
This book continues the story that started in I am Number 4. It has a lot of action and furthers the back story of the group from Lorien. It also introduces us to more of the group and their powers. It is a good read and leaves you wanting the next in the series to learn how it ends.
Stephen Adrian More than 1 year ago
Omg. If you thought "I am # four" was good wait till you read this! If it went high enough I would rate this book a... ONE TRILLION!!!
----SOBBY_love--- More than 1 year ago
I read I am number four in august (2010) and really liked it. I just saw the movie adaptation yesterday also which I really liked. The only part i didn't like about the movie was how they portrayed the bad guys (i dont remember the names, i read the book like a 100 books ago and they didnt say it clear enough in the movie). A girl in my math class had the newer version of i am number four (with the movie cover) and let me read the excerpt of the power of six. I really like the thought of the author putting the book in another numbers eyes. Number seven sounds cool and i'm glad it's from a girls point of view (for me and other female readers out there) but i still liked John (4) in the first. i cant wait until it comes out :DDDDD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If any teen likes Rick Riordan then you'll Pittacus Lore is great author. I couldn't put this book down from the moment I got.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It means that theres either a game, website link or somthing more than the book that adds extra features
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It includes all of the normal copy of the book, an extended chapter(great! Loved it!), character profiles, messages from pittacus lore, trailers from the first movie, and the first chapter of the first lost files book. In my book, it was worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this was a really good book. If you liked "I Am Number Four" you would definitly love this book. It's more about the action this time, and less about John's relationship with Sarah. I kind of liked it better that way, with more fighting. I think that the only disappointment in this book is Seven. I found her parts very boring, and lacking excitment. The only part where she even stars fighting visbin about the last two chapters. But I think Lore definitly made up for the lack of excitement in her part with Four's part. Overall I really enjoyed this book. And if you liked the first book, then you should definitly read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and there is a third coming this book hase two perspectives mirina number7 and john as we know nuber4 so if you get the sample just because the sample has only mirinas perspective in the begining dosnt mean that john isnt in there it is far most the best series of the year and i belive will be biger than harry potter
Liv Sellnau More than 1 year ago
First book got me hooked, and the power of six had me up reading all night. Hope the third one comes out soon!! I can hardly wait!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was my favorite i just finished and it left me speechless it was full of action and topped the last book i am nuber four tons of twists that were totally unexpected love it!!! One of the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed it, It was a quick read!Now I need to wait for the next book to see what happens. Can't wait!
Todd Hone More than 1 year ago
Quit posting comments saying i cant dowload and wait seriously reviews for the book ONLY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I could not put it down. From start to finish this book kept me wanting more. Cant wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If looking for a read that is far from boring, this is it. My only question is when is the next installment?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait for the rise of nine!!! Iloved this book even more than the first. Also ilike that it changes POV. I would reccomend this to anyone that likes adventure. I cant wait for another movie!!
Leigh Porter More than 1 year ago
Great book! I couldnt put it down, and cannot wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. However i was not as big of a fan of the rise of nine and the fate of ten. At that point i think the author(s) were streaching it a little and that those books were not quite as well written. I have readthe whole series and it hooked me in. I am truly hoping that united as one will end the series on a good book, but i do still aside fro. My complaints recommend the power of six after reading i am number 4. This book was not inappropriate besides some language and cheesy romance. I hope this review helped!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is a good read, but when you first ope it, it looks like it a 340 page book - then you find the first two chapters are the last 2 chapters of the last book you just read, and then two chapters each from the next three books - bait and switch. Other major authors' books are 1000 pages +, and about $10. What you actually get here is the chance to re-read what you just read, and an ad for the sequels, but only about 200 pages of new content. What a total rip off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Except for the ending:( why Sam? Why not 9? He is such a @#$%& -Number 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It amazing it has action and adentureand fighting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over all the power of six is a fine book, the main character Four is trying to saves the world classic. Four is from a distant planet called Lorien, he was sent to earth with 17 other people 8 grade the ones who develop superpowers and 9 cepen the trainers. Although the book does have swear words in it so it would no be very good for some people. Four is being hunted by other hostile aliens. Four is next to be killed because numbers 1-3 have been killed. My last impression s are that the book is well written but could be better also the book should not have some words in it. By 20MerrillJ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. I couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the actual hardcover book and it was great! I' m only 11 and I love the whole series