Series: Lorien Legacies #4
Published by HarperTeen on August 27, 2013
Source: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 3 stars
The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians? John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win. But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.
The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors. And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war. Lorien will rise again.
Is it bad that I really only like three characters in this book?
To be completely honest, I find Four obnoxious and almost like a cardboard cutout. He just doesn’t have any character. What kind of name is John Smith anyways? Pocahontas? Ring a bell?
Sarah is the female version of four, the “perfect” girl, blond haired cheerleader *sarcastic yay*, the stereotypical pretty girl. And in this book she finally decides that she wants to learn how to save herself instead of playing the damsel in distress constantly. At least she’s trying.
Six is less annoying, but she’s too abnormal for her own good. Even fantazmic woman alien warriors have emotions some times. She’s not supposed to be Spok. Poor poor Sam. He’s one of the redeeming characters in the book and he just can’t find anyone to appreciate him. Four is off hanging with his alien buds (and Sarah *gags*) and Six is too busy trying to figure out how to save the world all by herself to spend some quality time with my favorite character.
Marina used to be my favorite, but this book seriously lowered my opinion of her. She was trying to act like Six, and it just doesn’t work for her.
No Marina. Don’t change your character over halfway through the series. Please just let Marina be Marina. Let her be sweet and sensitive and there to HEAL people, not kill them.
NIne. Is. Icky. I can see why no one likes him when they meet him. He’s a gross piece of garbage, who only likes to kill things and cuss at everybody. Eww. Just go away Nine. Why couldn’t he have died instead of someone else that I will not mention because that would be a GINORMOUS spoiler and I really don’t feel like ruining this book for you.
Ella *dies of her adorableness*. I love Ella. She’s the personification of unicorns and rainbows and candy canes. She is too sweet for her own good. Stop being mean to Ella Setkarus Ra!
Eight. Eight. Eight. He’s alright I guess. He’s a bit less of a cardboard cutout than John, but he still doesn’t have personality. At least he doesn’t do stupid things like go find his girlfriend in his home town even though it might lead to his and his friend’s arrest and possible torture *hem hem John*.
We do meet Five in this book, and I won’t say much to avoid spoilers, but let’s just say that my opinion of him is NOT high.
Now that we’ve finally gotten through the characters, I can finally talk about why this book disappointed me.
In the previous books, there was so much action that it made up for the complete lack of character development. However, in this book, the plot was basically sitting around waiting for something to happen. The actual plot in this book could probably have been reduced to 100 pages or less.
To be honest, I think I’m being extra hard on this one because I loved The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine. It really wasn’t that awful. If you loved the other books, you’ll probably like this one too, but don’t expect it to be as good. ~The Red Queen