The Power of Six
|The Power of Six|
|Author||Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes)|
|Publication date||August 23, 2011|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Preceded by||I Am Number Four|
|Followed by||The Rise of Nine|
The Power of Six is the second book in the young adult science fiction series The Lorien Legacies, written by Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes). It is the sequel to I Am Number Four, and was released August 23, 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers.
The story is told by various members of the Garde: Number Four (John Smith), who is on the run with Sam, Six, and Bernie Kosar (aka Hadley, a Lorien Chimæra), and Number Seven (Marina), who's hiding at Santa Teresa, a convent in Spain. While John, Number Six and Sam try to stay ahead of the Mogadorians while searching for the other surviving Loric, Number Seven searches for news of John after his heroic battle at the school that came at the end of I Am Number Four.
John wakes up in the motel that he arrived in at the end of I Am Number Four with Six and Sam. They attempt to remain unnoticed (as Four is in the FBI Ten Most Wanted List) and replace their license plate with another driver's before driving through Tennessee. In Tennessee, they are pulled over by a policeman who asks them why they are driving with a license plate that belongs to another vehicle. The officer then realizes who they are, and calls in additional help. Six uses her legacy of controlling the elements to create gale force winds that allow them to escape. Four, Six, and Sam head to Florida, where they all begin training. Four speculates that Sam has a crush on Six. At first Sam denies it, but eventually admits that he does. Four knows he has a crush on Six too, but tries to push those feelings away because he wants to love Sarah.
Six convinces Four to open his chest. While going through the items in the chest, Four shows Sam the Solar System item. Because Seven touches her transmitter (unaware of what it is), the Solar System morphs into Earth with Santa Teresa displayed by a red dot. Seven is heard screaming at Adelina. Four opens his letter from Henri in private, and learns that not only are the nine Garde members actually going to be the next nine elders, but that Sam may be correct about his father's alien abduction, and that his father was assigned to Four and Henri to teach them Earth's ways. Four shows Sam the letter and Sam begins to cry upon learning about his father's fate.
Later that night, Four and Six are both suffering from sleep insomnia and decide to take a walk. Six uses her invisibility legacy to help them remain unseen. When they return home,they almost share a kiss, but their house explodes after the Mogadorians learn their location because of Four opening his chest. Sam saves some items and hides in the pool, but a short battle with the Mogadorians ensues where the Mogadorians are defeated, but not before taking Four's chest.
Sam, thinking that his father left something for them in Paradise, forces the group to return. They retrieve a stone tablet and some papers, but are unable to decipher their meaning. Four secretly meets up with Sarah. Upon their reunion, they hug and kiss. Sarah briefly checks her phone and John asks who she is texting so late at night. She tells him it's Emily, and they go back to their conversation. Sarah repeatedly tries to persuade Four to turn himself in, but he refuses each time. The FBI shows up and takes Four and Sam as prisoners. Six helps them escape, and Four realizes that Sarah was actually texting the police and not Emily.
The group decides to split up after Four and Sam decide that they want to go retrieve Four's chest in West Virginia, Sam only because he hopes to find his father, while Six decides to go to Spain to rescue Seven. When Four and Sam drop Six off at the airport, she kisses Sam on the cheek to say goodbye which makes him blush. Four and Six share a passionate kiss on the lips to say goodbye. Four tells Six that Sam has a crush on her, to which she says that she has a crush on him too. Four, confused, tells her that he thought she liked him, to which she says that since Four loves her and Sarah, it's only fair that she can love Sam and Four. She gives them an address to which they are supposed to rendezvous in two weeks and she departs. Sam puts the address in his pocket, and they head off for West Virginia.
Six arrives at Santa Teresa to assist Seven in battle, and helps her defeat the Mogadorians. She finds out that a second ship left after the one that carried the other Lorics to Earth, and carried another member of the Garde, Ella, or Number Ten. Six, Seven, Ten, and Crayton, Ten's substitute cêpan, head out to find other members of the Garde.
Once at the end of the road in West Virginia, Sam and Four follow a map left by Six until they reach the Mogadorian cave. Four uses a Xlitharis to transfer Six's invisibility legacy to himself, although he will only have the legacy for one hour. Right when the legacy expires, they receive the chest along with another chest (that is later revealed to belong to Nine). Four uses fire to defeat many Mogadorians, and the main power goes out which allows Four and Sam to rescue Nine. Sam is determined to find his father, who he thinks is among the prisoners, and Four and Nine have no other choice but to leave him there after a force field separates them. Four realizes that the rendezvous point address is with Sam, but Nine tells him not to worry and that if the rendezvous is meant to occur, then it will. Four tells him to head north, and they begin driving.
- John Smith - The narrator of the first book. He also narrates half of this book. He is the fourth member of the Loric Garde.
- Number Six - Sixth member of the Loric Garde who accompanies John throughout this book and evolves to become his other romantic interest.
- Sam Goode - John's best friend and Number Six's other love interest.
- Marina - The narrator of half the book. She is the seventh member of the Loric Garde. She finally meets Number Six at the end of the book.
- Adelina - Seven's Cêpan. She dies during the battle in the convent with the Mogadorians to save Marina. When in the convent, she doesn't believe Lorien is still alive
- Ella - Marina's best friend. She is the tenth member of the Loric Garde who has the ability to change between ages.
- Crayton - Ella's unofficial Cêpan (she was too young to be assigned a Cêpan).
- Héctor Ricardo - Marina's only human friend.
- Number Nine - The ninth member of the Loric Garde in the series. He is initially a prisoner of the Mogadorians.
- Sarah Hart - John's girlfriend from Paradise, Ohio. She was suspected to have called the FBI.
Reception for The Power of Six has been mixed to positive, with the School Library Journal writing that although the book has "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". Kirkus Reviews gave a similar review, criticizing the character development.
In 2011 it was announced that The Power of Six would be adapted by New York tech startup Booktrack to produce an enhanced e-book version of the novel. Enhancements to the novel would include sound effects, synchronized music, and automated scrolling through the book.
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- The Lorien Legacies Official Website (United States)
- The Lorien Legacies Official Website (United Kingdom)
- The Power of Six Official Website (United Kingdom)
- First edition data of The power of Six