Audiobook Review of The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Title: The Power of Six

Author: Pittacus Lore

Narrated by: Neil Kaplan and Marisol Ramirez

Release Date: August 23rd, 2011

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I absolutely loved book one in this series, I Am Number Four (review here), so I was giddy when I got my hands on book two. The only problem? I had so many other books to review that this got pushed to the bottom of the pile. I finally got a copy of it on audiobook and was able to listen to it on my way to and from work. So since this is an audiobook I am going to review the content first and then talk about how I felt about the narration.

When it comes to the content of this book, I will say that I liked, not loved, all of it. Let’s start off with the positive though, and talk about some of the aspects of this book that I enjoyed. The biggest would be the non-stop, heart pumping action. There are very few down moments in this book and even when there are revelations are still being made and the plot is moving forward. I enjoyed reading every unique fight scene and relished every detail we were given.

I also enjoyed getting more background information on the Lorian. There are so many details revealed since we get to see a new character, Seven, and since we get to know Six a little better. It was fascinating to dive into the Loriac history and learn more about how they came to be and how they got to where they are now. More of John’s past is also divulged and how Six came to meet up with him and Henri. I was happy the author took the time to let us get to know them more and soaked up the history of this alien race.

I liked the alternating point of view as well. Seven aka Marina, was an interesting character and I enjoyed the chapters that focused on her. She has had a completely different upbringing from John and Six and it was interesting to get her story. She still has her guardian, but they have been hiding for so long that her guardian has completely given up and does not teach Marina anything. So Marina is flying blind with her legacies and has no one to turn to for help. The fresh perspective on being Lorien from another one of the nine was intriguing and helped keep the plot engaging.

Now I need to talk about a couple of the downsides of this book. The first would be the dialogue. At times it just felt awkward and rushed. There were other times when it sounded like the author dumbed down the language from the first novel. Some of the things that John or Sam or even Six would say just seemed so out of character and it irked me. There were moments when I laughed at the silly nature of the discussion when it was clearly not meant to be funny. I am not sure why this change, but I did not enjoy the dialogue in this book at all.

The other major flaw was some of John’s decisions. He makes careless calls when it comes to the next step in his life and the next step his heart. I am sorry, I know there are some Sarah haters out there, but I am not one of them. I really liked her and even though after reading this book I am not sure where her loyalty lies, I still don’t like the idea of John and Six right now. It seems like the author has changed some of the mythology from the first book around so John can be with Six and I hated it. If you make a statement in one book saying it is fact, I feel like it should hold true for the story and having John be wishy washy about his feelings was making me crazy. Indecision is such a turn off for me and I felt it was unnecessary in this book. There is enough going on in John’s life right now without stirring up his feelings for Sarah and the whole thing did not sit well with me. I have no idea where his love life will go from here, but at this point I almost wish it was not even a part of the book because it was annoying me so much towards the end. It is a forced love triangle that just does not work.

As for the narration, I am split because there were two narrators. The female narrator, Marisol Ramirez, was great. I enjoyed how she read the part of Seven. I cannot say the same for the male narrator Neil Kaplan. Actually, his reading was driving me a little crazy. I think the main reason I was turned off by him was his “overacting” throughout the novel. I realize he is not actually acting, but I am not sure what else to call it. He overemphasized words that did not need to be and tried to make some scenes more dramatic than they were. When it came to the fight scenes it was great, but in the down moments his voice just irritated me. I also did not like him making Sam’s voice so nasally and Six sound like a valley girl. Six is a bad a$$, if you have read any of these books you know that, and Neil just did not do her justice.

Re-reading my review just now it sounds like I am harping on this book a lot, but I have to say that overall, I enjoyed this book. I am just disappointed with some of the character personality changes and the writing was not as good as the first book. I will be reading the next book, Rise of the Nine, but do not recommend the audio version. Towards the middle of the audio I just had to give up and reach for my ARC instead. I could not take the male narrator any longer. This is a series I recommend, because those fight scenes alone are worth reading, but I would pick up the book instead of the audiobook. I am really looking forward to the next book in August, especially after that ending in this book. I also hope to get more sweet action sequences and meet the remaining Nine. I’m keeping fingers crossed that the dialogue gets amped back up and John wises up a little, but only time will tell if those hopes become a reality.

FTC: I received this ARC from the publisher for review. Thank you.

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