Warning, series spoilers ahead!
The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4)
By: Pittacus Lore
Rating: 5 stars
Summary: 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.
I think these books just keep getting better and better. And after the whirlwind of this one, I can't wait to get my hands on the last book of the series that I'm *hoping* comes out next year. But, you know, a tomorrow-release would be great too. Just sayin.
The great thing is, that even though there are a lot of POVs switching in here, the different fonts make it a step easier to keep track of, and they're also all in first person. So my normally pet peeve rant about multiple POVs can be excluded from this review.
I know the author is a pretty seasoned writer (the first book had me cringing more than once), but his writing and storytelling have gotten way better with each book in this series so far. In The Fall of Five, the mention of the "love triangle crap" is even lampshaded. That gets points from me.
There are a few new characters introduced, Mal, Adam, and Five obviously. First two: good first impressions. Five: bad first impression. And while the character of Five is essential to all the Garde reuniting and saving the world blah blah blah...I never ended up liking him and his sweaty palms all that much. As for the rest of the Garde, Nine is annoying but funny, Marina is pretty neat, and reminds me of a sort of motherly type for the group, and Six is still the most badass.
My favorite character is still Sam. Sam the human. (Well, Sarah is a human too. And she's a little more tolerable now.) Anyway, I feel I can connect most with him, out of all the characters in this series. Not because I'm like him at all, but I would love to be who he is in the story. The one who reacts positively when being told your best friend is an alien. I mean, who wouldn't think that's totally awesome, right?? You need help saving the world? I don't mind being the nerdy sidekick! Maybe I can help the planetary relations once this is all over. All in all, he is a Goode character, and I really hope he doesn't die.
You can see my review of the previous book, The Rise of Nine, here.