Science Fiction

The fate of ten – Pittacus Lore

fate of tenTitle: The fate of ten (Lorien Legacies #6)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Harper
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
My rating★★★★★

This review might contain spoilers for readers who haven’t read the first five novels of the ‘I am number four’ series yet. 

Usually I don’t read series that aren’t finished yet, or at least I try not to, but sometimes I do get hooked without knowing a book is part of something bigger. That’s what happened when I read ‘I am number four’ back in 2011. I had no idea that there would be more books after the first one. Since then the Lorien Legacies have become one of my favorite series and I am always looking forward to a new book, or novella, about the Loric.

What the book is about

For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

What I think about the book

Once again, this book was just awesome! This time one gets the point of view from John, Six and Ella. The story continues in both New York and Mexico, where it ended in ‘The Revenge of Seven’. Even though it has been a year since I have read that one, I got back into the storyline fairly quick.

What I love about the Lorien Legacies, is that there is not just a good side and a bad side. There’s a fine line between good and evil. So even among the good guys there isn’t just friendship, trust and love, but also betrayal, doubt and pain. That’s not that crazy, since all of the Garde have been apart for many years and they just met again. Besides, nobody is 100% good or bad so it makes the story believable.

Well, I just can’t wait for the next book, which will probably be published in August or September 2016. I want to know what will happen next, what crazy technologies the Mogs will come up with and if the Garde will finally end this war against them.

Four (A Divergent collection) – Veronica Roth

fourTitle: Four (A Divergent collection)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 285
My rating★★★★✫

It has been a while since I have read the Divergent trilogy. That must have been somewhere in December 2013 and January 2014. Still when this book came out, I needed to have it. It has been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. I was a little scared that I wouldn’t get into the story, because it would have been too long ago.

What the book is about

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future–and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

What I think about the book

My fears turned out to be unjust. I got back into the world of Divergent again really quick, even though the narrator for these stories was Four. I like his thoughts, it was also great to learn where he came from, from his own perspective. So if you liked Divergent, this novel is definitely worth reading. So once again I find myself wondering what kind of situations would appear in my own fear landscape (maybe I should write my ideas about that down in another blog post?) and what faction I would have chosen. I think I would have gone for Dauntless as well, because as a teen I was definitely reckless like that.

Even though most of the stories in Four happen before the actual story of Divergent, I would recommend to read the rest of the series first. At some points in Four Veronica mentions situations from Divergent or Insurgent, and you’d have no idea what that would be about if you haven’t read those yet.

That does mean, that you already know how the whole story will end before reading Four. It makes the book less exciting than the first three books in the Divergent series. You can see this part more as some background information, from Four’s point of view. If you look at it like that, it’s a fun read. It completes the story. In my case it makes me want to re-read the whole series again, because I noticed that there is a lot that I don’t remember anymore.

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