April 04, 2016

Review ~ The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore

The Fall of Five cover

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.

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If anything, this book is waaaaaaaaaaay S-L-O-W-E-R than its prequel. We didn't get further than Nine's penthouse. However, I think the scenes that took place in this book are more interesting than the previous books’. The last parts of The Fall of Five managed to keep me on the edge of my seat.

We now have four--four!--POVs: Four/John, Seven/Marina, Six, and Sam (though Six doesn't have one in this book). I still think they sound alike most times, but I guess they're okay. I have come to rely on the story the individuals have to say rather than the likeness in their voices. Also, I'm so happy we finally get to have Sam's POV!

I'm happy to report that John is having some character development. He has stopped being stupid (maybe a little), and HE HAS STOPPED THINKING ABOUT SARAH AND STARTED CONCENTRATING IN THE STEPS OF SAVING HIS PLANET! He's not so annoying when he's not lovesick. Perhaps he really just needed to get laid.

Anyway, I think the authors are trying to redeem Sarah's character in this book, because she is becoming a badass. It's about time, too. We can't have a damsel in distress in the midst of war. She can't stay an empty character forever.

The Fall of Five is the most heart-wrenching book in the series so far. You know things are getting serious when people--allies--start getting killed. This character died too soon, in my opinion. I hope this death brings more development in the characters and please, please, PLEASE, can we move on with the plot already?

Again, this book could have easily been a five-star had the plot gotten us anywhere. It's still action-packed, but not meaningful enough.

~ Zee


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