The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (April 2012, Puffin, ISBN: 0141330872)
Notes: The following review is written by Amanda Gillies who reviews crime fiction on my Euro Crime website. You can read her crime reviews here and her YA reviews here.
Review: What an awesome story this is! The Power of Six is the second book in the series featuring nine Loriens that have come to earth to save their people and planet from destruction. The thrill and tension of the pace that is set right from the start gets hold of you and draws you in. It is definitely preferable to have read the first in the series (I Am Number 4) before embarking on this story, so that you have a full grasp of the background and characters, but it isn’t essential to do so. I didn't read the first book but was caught up in the thrill if the chase in this one right from the start and read the whole thing in a day.
The story focuses on three of the Loriens: Number 4, who has teamed up with Number 6, and Number 7, who is alone and searching for her associates without trying to draw attention to herself. She is in Spain in an orphanage and can leave when she is 18 – only a few short months away. Numbers 4 and 6 are in America and being chased by the dreaded Mogadorians, whose job it is to destroy Loriens before they reach their full potential. They can only kill them in a certain order, though, so Number 4 knows he is next. Their mission is to stay alive, train, open their Chests, and find each other so that they can reclaim their planet before it is gone forever.
This book is totally awesome! I started it 'cold', as I knew nothing of the previous book, and totally loved it from start to finish. The third book is due out in August this year and there are supposed to be a total of six books in the series. The books are written by Pittacus Lore: the pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes, and if you've not read them yet I suggest that you do so. Soon.
Very highly recommended.