By: Pittacus Lore
Reported by: Juli Helms
The Power of Six is the sequel to I Am Number Four. The first book set the bars of expectation of this book very high, so perhaps that is why I didn't enjoy it as much as I did.
First, the good things. The Power of Six had plenty of action and suspense. We get to see more of the characters now and get to know them better, since we are already introduced to them. The pace moves forward fairly quickly, and the alternating POV between Marina (Number Seven) and John (Number Four) first dragged the plot a bit for me, but afterwards worked out well.
However, to be candor, this book felt like a good first draft. And no matter how good your first draft is, I assure you it can be a billion times better. I'm not saying the editor didn't do his/her job--I'm saying the author didn't do his part of editing very well. In The Power of Six, the writing felt slacked. There was a simile here and there, but that's about it. Otherwise, everything is told. There were barely any showing in the story, just straight out telling or no descriptions at all, and the only thing that kept me reading on was Six (who, thankfully, still has her strong sense of ferocity) and the suspense. There were a bunch of twists, but they didn't work for me. Here's why: The twists didn't seem possible. There was practically no foreshadowing, and while that's not required to make a twist work, we often find out the impact of the twist after it happens, which then loses its effect and makes the twist seem that much less plausible.
Overall, though, I did enjoy this book. Maybe because I'm editing a lot right now, and I was being a bit picky with the story. Or maybe I Am Number Four just set the bars too high. But, in the end, while I will be continuing the Lorien Legacies, I can no longer use the word powerful (see what I did there?) to describe them.
Hopefully, the next book will prove to me again why I should love this series.