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.
Author: Pittacus Lore a.k.a. James Frey
Part of a Series: Yes. Lorien Legacies #2
Release Date: August 23, 2011
No. of Pages: 406 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary
The Cover: The cover displayed a blue background that looks a lot like a puddle of water with circular ripples found on the middle with the title etched with it. Again, it’s a simple cover, but I actually found a connection this time! Discovering the fact that Maren Elizabeth, a.k.a. Number Six, has the ability to control the elements for a legacy, I can relate that to the small ripples of water found on the cover! I’m digging it this time! (4.5 out of 5 stars)
The Story: The book was about the lives of John Smith, Maren Elizabeth, and Sam Goode as they face different obstacles after their meeting at Paradise Ohio. The story also shed some light into the lives of both Marina, known as Number Seven, and Adelina, her Cêpan. What I love about this sequel is that James Frey really did it justice by answering some of my unanswered questions from its predecessor, I Am Number Four. Questions like “how will Sam’s family react to his missing act?”, “how will Sarah cope up with the recent separation she had with John”, and “how will the arrival of Number Six affect John?”. Reading the book was literally like finding answers, and I loved it. I’m enumerating some of my detailed insights below, and no, they won’t be spoiler free. Better read the book first if you don’t want to be spoiled.
- The slow introduction for Marina and Adelina felt required, and seeing that the first few chapters were indeed about them delighted me. I envisioned Marina to be the strong and independent member of the Garde as she already was on the book. At first, I thought, just like John and Maren, Marina already lost her guardian to the Mogadorians. But as I found out, that was not the case. Her Cêpan was alive, but she grew tired believing in the planet, Lorien, their cause, and the things they need to endure to succeed their war against Mogadore. Seeing the things that they’ve been through, I feel both sorry and understanding for them. It must have been extremely hard asking for help and no one want’s to.
- When I attended the James Frey book signing last February, I was devastated to find out that some of my book friends hate Sarah Hart. As I read the first book, I can’t seem to fathom why they hate her so much, but after reading this sequel, I’m irritated with her as well. Now, I get it. Sarah, being the spoiled bitch she is, betrayed John and told the FBI she’ll be meeting him. My God! Why would you do that, huh? WHY!!! I can’t even think about her right now!
- Ella, also known as Number Ten (Yes! She’s the tenth member of the Garde!!!), happens to be a great addition to the Loric Team. She might not have developed any Legacies yet, but her ability to transform into a different age is kinda rad and phenomenal. Don’t you think so? I mean, immortality might as well be her ability.
- I actually thought Hector might be Marina’s love interest. Being her only guy friend in Santa Teresa, Spain, Hector was the only masculine figure that Marina has ever had the chance to get to know, thus, leading me to my conclusion that he might be Marina’s love interest at the time.
- Henri’s letter to John, which he read as they left Florida after being ambushed by Mogadorians, was educational, emotional, and extremely painful on John’s part. Other than the shocking news about Malcolm Goode, Sam’s father, who’s death is now I’m beginning to question, a lot of information regarding John’s past, up to his Loric past, was revealed. And I felt like I got to know John more all because of that letter. It was also reminiscent of Henri, though. 😦
I liked this book more than I loved the first, which, to my surprise, isn’t something that occurs often. For me, I have to absolutely love the beginning of a series for me to able to read on, but that was not the case. Although I liked how the Lorien Legacies started, I loved this way better. (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I don’t think I can gather and sum up all the details about this and incorporate it into one specific paragraph, so instead, I’m typing this part in bullet form as well.
- The deaths were all painful and, as I’m ashamed to admit, predictable. Adelina, for one. She was extremely passive, not to mention annoying, during the first few chapters and she remained like that up until the moment Marina broke down in front of her. And her death was predictable. Seeing her personality shift as the story slowly closed, I had it planted in my mind that she won’t be able to train and guard Marina any further. The same goes for Hector. He was a good friend, and his whole life seemed kinda like it revolved on Marina (other than his intense concern for her mother, Carlotta.) Their deaths felt right, not because I want them dead, but because it felt like it was needed for Marina to grow a lot more stronger.
- The uncertain loss of Sam Goode in the Mogadorian caves is giving me undecided thoughts. First of all, just like John, I’m frightened of the thought that Sam might be tortured and interrogated for information leading to the Loriens and their cause. I agree with John that he’s better off dead than be tortured and battered. I don’t to think about him being slaughtered when all he did was help the Loriens win the war against the Mogadores. But I also can’t help but feel like he brought this on himself. He knew the dangerous consequences while they were all inside the caves. But still, he chose to find his dad amidst the chaos and destruction, leaving him alone and helpless, without the help of his allies, John, and Number Nine. Poor Sam.
- I loved the fact that other than their retrieval of the Loric chests, they were also able to free another member of the Garde: Number Nine. The thought of Number Nine being locked up for more than year within the cave is interesting. I’m intrigued by him and his origins, legacies, and other information. He seem like a badass kind of guy, and I want to know more about him, seeing that the next book is entitled “The Rise of Nine”, there might be some more background story about Nine there.
I love how the book ended. Although there are questions in me that’s dying to come out, I’m going to be patient. I’m loving how the series is building up, and how somehow, the mambers of the Garde are slowly reuniting. I love that! And I can’t wait to read the next installment.(5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: As I’ve concluded, I loved this book. I loved the slow introduction of Marina, the downfall of Sarah (bitch), and the budding love interest between John and Maren Elizabeth where Sam is also involved. Haha! I can’t wait to read the next book! (5 out of 5 stars)
“The only limits for tomorrow are the doubts we have today.” – Marina
“The key to change is letting go of the fear.” – Hector
“If you ever know a man who tries to drown his sorrows, kindly inform him his sorrows know how to swim.” – Hector
“I swear, Six is going to kill us, or worse, maybe she’s about to be killed by a swarm of Mogs and we’re here lying in the grass about to go through a scene from Romeo and Juliet.” – Sam Goode