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
I liked this book. I liked it better than I Am Number Four (which I read and never really reviewed). When reading I Am Number Four I felt like I knew the story because of all the hype with the movie etc. Had I read it before that I might have enjoyed it better. The Power of Six never felt that way. It seemed like a much “fresher” story if that makes sense. It didn’t feel like I had heard it all before in a movie preview or review. I actually stayed up late a few nights to read it.
I think what I really liked was that it went back and forth between John and Six and another one of the group – Number 7 or better known as Marina. I liked her a lot. Where John had a great mentor (????), she didn’t. I liked seeing how she needed to struggle a bit more – that not everyone of them had the same life as John. I know John had to move around a lot, but everything else was pretty good. He always had a place to live and Henri’s support. At points I thought it was too easy! But in this book you learn that not all of them had it that easy. That some really struggled when coming to Earth. Marina and her ???? were two that struggled at first. I kinda made me like her more! I liked seeing her strength come out when she realized she was going to have to do this on her own. The series went from a great “boys” book to also a book with awesome strong girls! That’s great because now I can suggest it to both boys and girls.
The plot of this book revealed more of the story. In I Am Number Four it seemed to just focus on John getting his legacies and learning a bit about his past. This instalment really gives us more clues and pieces to what is a deeper story than it first seemed. Having some key points explained or finally just told was great because it held my interest – I wanted to know what else had been kept hidden!
One point I didn’t care for – the whole John/Sarah/Six semi love triangle thing. It just seemed unnecessary. The book would’ve been as strong without it.
For the Guys? Yup even tho the new character is a girl there is still lots of John and his story.
Final Thought: Stronger than the first one.
Best stick-with-you image: Marina healing Ella
Best for readers who: Like books with action
Best for ages 13+