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.
About the Author
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.
Neil Kaplan is a voice actor and comedian. His voice can be heard in several animated television shows and video games. He has also worked extensively in audiobook narration, reading titles for authors like Pittacus Lore and Brad Taylor.
Marisol Ramirez is an audio narrator and actress who has appeared on numerous television shows, including ER, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, and Dallas. Among her film credits are Right at Your Door and Just Cause.
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The Power of Six
By Pittacus Lore
HarperCollinsCopyright © 2011 Pittacus Lore
All right reserved.
Chapter OneMy 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 usnine Cêpan, nine Gardeand 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 beforebut 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.
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I loved reading the first book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours. Can't wait for this to come out!!
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.
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!!!
I loved the first book and I loved the movie. This book, did lived up to what I was waiting for and more. The reader this time see the other numbers. This book is told from Six's point of view, Four's and Seven's. The author also threw in some new changes, elements, and just Wow'ed me from the very first page. So, Six. Did I mention how much I like this girl? The reader gets to get into the head of Six and see where she came from, who her guardian was, etc. I love that Six is strong and well adapted. Traveling along with Four and his best friend Sam, Six is a girl like no other. She fights, makes plans, maps, and goes to aid of Number Seven. Six doesn't let anyone slow her down. She knows what she needs to do and does it. Seven. I loved this girl as well. Raised completely different, Seven is fighting a whole new battle of her own. She struggles with being bullied and ignored. I can't tell you how proud I was of her when she finally stood up to her guardian, for herself. I was like," YOU Go GIRL! Tell her how it is!" I was so hyped reading the book that I was jumping in my seat! Four. Oh Boy, don't even get me started. More drama with Sara (UGH!) and Sam. I'm not going to get into everything cause I don't want to spoil, but just know that there is some major drama, unexpected twist that I was very ANGRY about. I mean seriously? I have no idea what will happened now, but its good drama that you will get into. All of the numbers are still fighting the aliens, traveling to and from places. Sam plays a bigger role than ever. I like that the reader learns more with what happened to his father. The Power of Six definitely has power to captivate me into the reading the next book. Some parts of the story totally caught me off guard but nonetheless I enjoyed it. A well written fabulous book, it is a divine book that will capture readers everywhere!
The series is definitely a must read. Can't wait to read more
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
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.
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The Power of Six is a strong follow-up to I Am Number Four (review here). The story picks up shortly after the last book ended, but it opens with a new member of the Garde (super-cool young aliens with special powers, only six known survivors of their race). Marina (Number Seven) and her Cepan (older protector alien, skilled in combat but without the special powers) have been hiding in a convent in Spain for a long time. Marina is now almost eighteen and skilled with the Legacies she has discovered so far. The problem is that her Cepan, Adelina, has dedicated her life to the Church and refuses to acknowledge what they are and what their mission is. With the help of an adorable new orphan named Ella, Marina plots to find the Chest containing her powerful inheritance- she wants to find the other five, before the Mogadorians find her! The book is split back and forth between Marina's story and John's story. John, if you will recall, has run away from Paradise, Ohio with Six, Sam, and Bernie Kosar, leaving Sarah, the love of his life, behind. They are major fugitives, suspected of terrorist actions and hunted by the police as well as the Mogadorians. John is still holding on to the letter than his Cepan, Henri, wrote to him before he died, and he hasn't opened his Chest to explore his Inheritance yet. Meanwhile, both John and Sam have crushes on Six- which makes John feel guilty and Sam feel jealous. Fortunately, relatively little time is spent on the love triangle(s) aspect. This book is action packed- the fight scenes are more frequent and even better than in the first book! The Garde have such cool powers, and in this book, they use them creatively. Marina, in particular, uses her powers skillfully. I remember reading I Am Number Four and wondering why John didn't use this or that power to do whatever, but in this book, he uses his powers in ways that I hadn't imagined, leaving me impressed with his innovative thinking. There's also a really cool part where John and Six use their powers to directly help humans by freaking out a bad guy. Sam also has special moments- he's NOT like Ron Weasley (mostly useless in combat until the very end). Despite being a human instead of an alien, Sam shows bravery, strength, and skill alongside John and Six. The only downside was that the book was a little hard to get into- the first 50 pages or so set up the story for both John and Marina, which ends up being a lot of build up. After that, though, things start to get exciting... There are several cool twists- some in the beginning, and some near the end, and I LOVE twists that I didn't see coming! The last one hundred pages I couldn't put the book down, and I can't wait for #3! This book definitely ended on a cliffhanger, but the kind that makes you look forward to the next book, not the kind that makes you write an angry tweet and then delete it. I would recommend this series to fans of YA Adventure. This is an alien story, which is kind of different, and it's a lot of fun to read. Yes, there's lots of violence, and yes, there's sad parts, but the writing gives you a positive, vibrant feeling, and the characters are good natured and warm. Both boys and girls will enjoy this book, and I think it transcends interest levels- this would be just as good to someone my age as to a fourteen year old.
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!
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.
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
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!!
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
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!
Quit posting comments saying i cant dowload and wait seriously reviews for the book ONLY
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!
If looking for a read that is far from boring, this is it. My only question is when is the next installment?
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!!
Great book! I couldnt put it down, and cannot wait for the next one!
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!
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 $10. What you actually get here is the chance to re-read what you just read, and an ad for the sequels, but only about 200 pages of new content. What a total rip off.
Loved it! Except for the ending:( why Sam? Why not 9? He is such a @#$%& -Number 5
It amazing it has action and adentureand fighting