The Power of Six: Lorien Legacies, Book 2

Common Sense Media says

Sci-fi teen alien series stays exciting with more battles.





What parents need to know

Educational value

There's a small geography lesson: Some teens transverse the U.S. and another teen resides in northern Spain.

Positive messages

Good against evil dominates here. So does the importance of working together and developing talents to defeat evil and save the day.

Positive role models

John (Number Four) often means well, trying to protect his friends, but he makes two selfish decisions that endanger them as well. Six and Marina develop into powerful female characters despite the loss or lack of mentors to help them early on.


Lots of Mogadorian aliens and other giant alien creatures battle against a few teen characters with specialized powers. Death turns the aliens to ash, but along the way fast-paced battles describe blood-loss, decapitation, incineration, and lots of swordplay and gunfire. Main characters almost die in fighting but are saved by Marina's ability to heal; she doesn't save two friends in time, however. Marina has a flashback of a near-drowning. Six sews her own stitches. Six describes how her mentor was killed in front of her. Teens are incarcerated for long periods of time.


A few big kisses between teens.


Teens scream "s--t" in sticky situations, of which there are plenty. Plus "hell," "bastards," "holy crap," "damn," and "smartass."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Marina befriends the town drunk and sometimes hangs out with him while he drinks.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this follow-up to I Am Number Four has a lot more fighting, including two climactic battle scenes with lots of alien deaths and the sad deaths of two characters close to the hero teens. The evil aliens turn to ash when they die but decapitations, incinerations, rapid gunfire, bloody stabbings, and more are all part of the action. While this book shows teens coming together to fight evil, one of the main characters makes some selfish decisions that endanger his friends and allies. Swearing doesn't go beyond a heaping handful of "s" words in sticky situations.

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What's the story?

After destroying his high school battling the aliens called Mogadorians, John (aka Number Four, from the planet Lorien) is on the run with his human friend Sam and Six, a fellow Lorien who is both attractive and a fighting machine. Together the fugitives spend half their time on the run and the other half hiding and training for more run-ins with the Mogadorians. Meanwhile, Marina (aka Number Eight) is hiding out in a secluded Spanish convent with her mentor Adelina. Adelina is supposed to be training her to develop her gifts, or legacies, but refuses. Marina discovers her powers to heal and breathe underwater anyway, and just in time as a strange \"man\" starts stalking her in town. Meanwhile, John and Six discover that Sam's missing father has an important connection with their mission, sending them right back to Sam's town even though they're sure the visit won't go unnoticed by hundreds of ruthless aliens.

Is it any good?


If you take THE POWER OF SIX at face value you'll have lots of fun, that is, when the action gets going. There's a bit more setup than necessary, and who cares about some snippy convent girls and cranky nuns? The action is nonstop toward the end, though, leaving all that in the dust. Readers may -- and should -- get annoyed at John more than once as he ditches his friends who need him so he can do what he wants. Book 1 pegged him as much more loyal.

Aspiring writers may not like that this book doesn't have just one author (Pittacus Lore is an alien) and that this series was meant as bait for Hollywood studios, not as great teen lit. Too bad for them that the adaptation of the first book turned out how it did.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this series is written by a team and not by one person. Could you tell while you were reading? Do you think there's an advantage to working with someone to write or would you rather a work be your own with your name on it?

  • Families can also talk about John's decisions that endanger his friends. Do you ever get upset with characters you like in books because they do something stupid? Are you happy when they learn their lesson? What if they don't?

Book details

Author:Pittacus Lore
Genre:Science Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:August 23, 2011
Number of pages:416
Publisher's recommended age(s):14 - 17

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Teen, 13 years old Written byemme123 May 28, 2012

Awsome book

Its just plain awesome sure there's some violence but where would it go without a little violence. And one guy drinks because his life in his opinion isn't great but its not influencing it. Also it explains Six and John kissing but not two detailed, i mean you should expect that even if you thought it would be with Sarah because this book is made for teens. There is a good message that you should stick together and help on another no matter how much you need to risk. sure it showed how john made a couple bad choices but it pointed that out teaching the reader that you make mistakes but you have to fix them. And there is always education in a book because when you read it you learn words and exercise your brain!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byNateoo May 6, 2012

I LOOOOOOVVED IITT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought this book was great. The character Marina kind of down talks the bible, but not in a atheist kind of way. There is quite a bit of violence and the book doesn't have a lot of mean just answers. It fills in the skeleton of I AM NUMBER FOUR with a lot of meat. I would recommend this book for teens or tweens. This is a great book for those that love to read, but don't read The Power of Six first, start with I Am Number Four.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bykittylover3 November 19, 2014


I love this book soooo much! Already finished all the books in the series so far, there's another that's supposed to come out on August 2015, I think. I really love the action-adventure, and it's definitely for Sci-Fi fans! Aside from brief language, this is definitely a 5/5 star book!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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