This is the follow-up to last year’s “I Am Number Four” written by Pittacus Lore, aka James Frey of the “A Million Little Pieces” scandal. Yet another supernatural/sci-fi metaphor for coming of age. This time we have superhero powers developing along with our hormones and scary alien guys and beasts instead of bullies.
The basic premise of the prequel (“I Am Number Four”) is that two warring planets have brought their shit to earth. The Loriens jettison a bunch of super hero kids and their guardians down to earth to escape the evil Mogadorians. The evil Mogadorians follow them and begin to systematically kill them, finding that in order to be successful in destroying them, they have to hunt them down and slaughter them in numerical order.
In the first book in the series, John (Number Four) is on the run with his guardian and hiding out in Ohio. After settling down in the heartland, John is forced to battle the Mogadorians and then flee the carnage that is misinterpreted as an act of terrorism on his part. Nothing like having aliens and the FBI on your tail.
“The Power of Six” picks up after the battle. John, his nerdy alien conspiracist friend Sam, and sexy Number Six, a fellow Lorien on the run, hit the road in search of the remaining kids. Their story is switched up with Marina (Number Seven) who is stuck in a Spanish convent with a guardian who has given up hope and immersed herself in her cover life as a nun. Marina’s story is mostly one of discovering her legacies (super powers particular to each kid) without much help from her guardian.
Having spent their lives separated and on the lam, they all begin to realize that they need to come together with their burgeoning legacies if they hope to defeat the Mogadorians.
Yeah, I’m not doing much to sell this am I? Too bad, because these books are enjoyable. They are full of action and breeze along quickly. The characters are, for the most part, sympathetic, although John gets a little wimpy in the weak teen romance subplot. The main thrust of the book is empowering those who generally feel the most powerless, teenagers, and taxing them with saving Earth.