Book Review: The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore

I love monthly book recaps.  Its been working so well until the last few months where I was focusing on the independent writers and then those deserve their own posts to share all the talent in our little blogosphere alone.

BUT, the Lorien Legacies deserve its own post.  Most book series (even movies) kind of taper off and lose the original greatness to it as the books and the story build up.  Lorien Legacies is fantastic at keeping the pace, developing the characters and I just keeping this whole Loric business in check the whole time. Even after Michael Bay took up the project and turned into a hopeless effort with his signature stamped over it, this series has such a great potential for the big screen, if not, a TV series based on this would pretty much kick-ass.

Wait I’m getting ahead of myself…

THE FALL OF FIVE (LORIEN LEGACIES#4)

by Pittacus Lore

the fall of five

I didn’t review I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacy#1) on here but if you do happen want to check out #2 The Power of Six and #3 The Rise of Nine, you could find them HERE and HERE respectively.

Much like the rest of the series, The Fall of Five is a really fun read.  Its action-packed and with so many books, this one is where the Gardes are finally all reunited, after finally finding Five.  The Mogadorian fights are more and the creatures are bigger and badder.  There are a few additions back into the story.  This time around its narrated by John (Four), Marina (Niine) and Sam, one of the earlier characters.

The beginning of The Fall of Five took me a little while to catch again since the last time I read this series was back in January.  Its not a lack of desire to read it that I’ve waited this long but rather, I have to sit patiently and wait for paperback versions to come out.  I lug these books to and from work along with a bunch of other stuff so for the sake of my shoulders and my back, I try to choose the lighter option, that being paperback but those apparently now take forever to come out.  And with exciting books, I very much prefer having it in my  hand than on my tablet.  I’m going off topic again.

The Fall of Five is so much fun to read.  At the same time, it goes a little more personal.  Why? As much as its about saving Lorien and eventually being able to go back once they get everyone together, everyone has their own story.  There’s a few unexpected twists that really bring everything to perspective.  Thats the key to what makes these books fantastic reads.  Sure, they are for teens but I don’t really care because it does a whole lot better in pacing than a lot of more adult books that I read.

That last few chapters was like heart attack intensity. I think I held my breath through it all.  Exciting stuff, my friends.

I highly recommend it and thats why I’m avoiding revealing too much of the plot itself. Its worth your time.  Trust me! 🙂

Book Review: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies#2) by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six is part of the Lorien Legacies/ I am Number Four series. I haven’t quite figured out how they call this series yet.  It is the sequel to the novel I am Number Four.  I had read the first one last year following the viewing of the movie.  I’ll probably rewatch the movie soon and review it, seeing as I won’t be backtracking and reading the 1st book again yet.

the power of six book coverIf you are unfamiliar of the situation. Lorien is a planet that was destroyed many years ago by another group of aliens called the Mogadorians.  Before their planet was put to hibernation by the Elders, they sent 9 children called Gardes in a spaceship to Earth, each accompanied by a guardian called Cepan to let them hone their legacies/special abilities when they grow older and assist them in staying hidden from the Mogadorians.  These 9 children will revive the planet and this makes the Mogadorians want to kill them.

In the first book, we were revealed to Four (also called John) and Six.  Four and Six along with Sam (an ally) are trying to not only evade the FBI who are calling them terrorists but also the Mogadorians who want to kill Four.  At the same time, we are revealed to another Garde in Spain, Marina aka Seven, who struggles to make her Cepan, Adelina, teach her how to control her Legacies and to defend herself in the case that something happens and they are tracked down.  On one side, Four, Six and Sam are running with no certainty as to where to go but solving the mystery and figuring little details out on their own, forging their path ahead. While in Spain, Marina is doing the same thing as she follows the news of what has happened in United States.

Its really hard to describe this book without giving away too much.  The first book, I am Number Four was really fun to read. My issue was the it had slow parts.  There were some parts that just lingered on and on (especially the love story).  In this one, it may seem like a mess of a quest with no actual objective or knowledge of where to go  in their journey but it becomes even more entertaining because it has a lot of action in the descriptions that they show.  And the point is that they are kids that have just started learning and before they get the chance, they lose their guidance and they need to learn on their own.  The swap between the two stories that overlap and complement each other make for it being intriguing.  This sequel is more fast-paced than the first and because of that, I enjoyed it a lot more.  Knowing that the Mogadorians and their nature after the first one, the readers know to suspect characters and wonder if there are others around that are in disguise.  I know I ended up doing that with some of the characters and seeing if there was more to them.  Especially since this is written in first person narration, we only get the view of the main character in that section.

This may be a Young Adult fiction so the language is not extremely sophisticated.  However, it does bring in a fun alien invasion fiction intertwined with survival. The book makes you connect to Number Four especially a lot but also with the recurring characters and makes you want to cheer for the underdog in this one and hope that they will win every battle and be able to rise their planet again or just not die in vain.

Fun, exciting and adventurous! Its what I look for in a young adult fiction. Thats exactly the reason why I read these.  Need to head out and grab a copy of Rise of Nine soon. Plus, the next book is announced already! The title is at least 🙂