Published in: 2013
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Book 4 in the Lorien Legacies series
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.
One thing this series doesn’t lack is action. Lots happens in these books and it’s always hard to summarise (or remember) everything that happens. It’s good tho, as you aren’t getting bored or bogged down by pointless dialogue. So we get the whole living team together in this book, and for a short while, it is nice. But like most things, it’s too good to be true and you are just waiting for the bad crap to happen again, and boy does that come quickly and deliver a shock (though some of the shocks were a bit predictable). There’s also the fact that I want to slap some of the characters as honestly, they are so bloody trusting and naive and if they just stopped to think and ask a question or two, they might actually have avoided that death scene.
So yeah, there’s the death of a biggish character, which annoyed me as I actually really liked that character. There is also the reuniting of characters, there is the finding of the missing Lorien number 5, there’s surprise revelations, there’s just all kinds of crazy happening. The book was pretty good to read, better than some of the others, but it was also super infuriating and there are so many characters I just want to strangle. I also get frustrated as the POV jumps between so many characters that it’s hard to keep track of them. The changes in POV aren’t obvious either, it’s just shown by the font changing- and the fonts all look pretty similar, so it’s hard to notice when the POV changes, as well as which font belongs to which character. Plus they change the POV at the daftest times.
The fall of five rating: 6.5/10 – would have been a higher rating had they not killed off a character I liked
Would I re-read it? Probably! Even with the silly unnecessary death, it was a decent read
Who would I recommend it to? Young adults, fans of aliens, action, adventure, the underdogs trying to rise up etc.