So it’s been a long while since I’ve posted reviews – for some or other reason, I’m having insane and irritating problems with connecting my phone to my laptop and getting an internet connection going; right now I’m sitting at my girlfriend. But at least I’ll be able to post a new review! 🙂
After having read (and really enjoyed) I Am Number Four, and after watching the movie adaptation (which was also pretty damned good, I have to admit), I’d been seriously looking forward to getting The Power of Six, and I’m glad to report that the second book in the series didn’t disappoint at all. 🙂
The Power of Six is quite a departure from the first book, though – still written in the first-person perspective, the novel opens with a Loric that we’ve not yet met, and proceeds to tell her story as well as the continuation of John Smith’s story. So, having two different first-person perspectives to read might confuse some readers out there – I’m not sure it was the way to go, but towards the end of the novel the two perspectives do come together (from a certain point of view), and there is enough of a difference in the ‘voices’ that after a chapter or two the initial confusion recedes.
The new Loric character was a bit boring initially, I have to admit – but as her story unfolded I found myself really sympathizing with her; John’s guardian was all about keeping him safe and up-to-date on everything Lorien and Mogadorian, but her guardian isn’t, which created a tense isolation for her to deal with. This, coupled with what happens toward the end of the novel (and the revelations, pertaining to a certain ‘other ship’ that John had a vision of in the first book), made her storyline entertaining enough – but not as cool as John’s storyline.
John’s is full of action and humour and does more to advance plot – not only do we find out even more about Lorien and Mogadore, but we get plenty of awesome action scenes and -dare I say it- an excellent cliffhanger. 🙂
The Power of Six can stand alone as a great novel, even though its structure and writing style differs to I Am Number Four, and if you’ve watched the movie but not read the book you can still enjoy The Power of Six. As I Am Number Four was, the second book is entertaining and fun, and I’m pretty sure that the next book will be intense and filled with wall-to-wall action. 🙂
7 / 10
To order your copies of The Power of Six, click here for Amazon US, here for Amazon UK, and here for SA (Exclusive Books); the book is on the shelves across South Africa, so if you don’t do online-ordering, just head into your closest Exclusive Books and get yourself a copy. 🙂
If you want more info about the series, check out this link.