The fifth book in the I Am Number Four series. The Garde have suffered an unbearable loss. Number Five has betrayed them. Eight is gone forever. Ella has been kidnapped. The others are now scattered.
In Chicago, John makes the unlikeliest of allies: Adam, a Mogadorian who turned his back on his people. He has invaluable information about Mog technology, battle strategies, and weaknesses. Most important, he knows where to hit them: their command base near Washington, DC. During the assault, however, John and Adam learn the unimaginable truth: it is too late. The Mogadorians have commenced their ultimate invasion plans.
With a front-row seat to the impending invasion, Ella finds herself in the hands of the enemy. For some reason she’s more valuable to them alive, and they’ll stop at nothing to turn her.
Meanwhile, Six, Nine, and Marina make their way through the Florida Everglades, hot on the trail of the traitorous Five. With the development of a new Legacy, Marina finally has the power to fight back—if her thirst for revenge doesn’t consume her first.
The Garde are broken and divided once again, but they will not be defeated. As long as one still stands, the battle for Earth’s survival is not lost. (Amazon)
Writing a review for the fifth book in a series can be tricky. But, assuming and hoping that whoever reads this will have read the rest of the books, let’s begin. This was one of the stronger books in the series in terms of writing, character appeal and story. The Rise of Nine and The Revenge of Seven are the best books for me. The Power of Six was mostly irritating because of John, and The Fall of Five was predictable. It was so obvious that Five was not to be trusted that there wasn’t anything left for me to enjoy. Also, Eight died in it. Enough said.
To start with I have an issue with the titles of the books. After the first one, none of the books have had much relation to their titles. With The Revenge of Seven, when you also consider the cover blurb, you expect the book to have Seven’s POV and revolve around her grief and pain over Eight’s death which drives her to take revenge on the Mogs, especially Five, and really kick ass with her new legacy. But nope, the reality is far from it. She barely had a presence other than to be a silently threatening (not) person, who behaves more nun/priest like as the novel progresses. I have a suspicion she’ll actually return to a convent, considering her behaviour in the end, which is not cool. I loved the way her character was introduced in the second book. I much preferred her narration over Johns’ then. This time she was the least favourite because she did nothing but brood.
Moving on, this was a good book, with plenty of action and laughs, along with parts in between when the story progresses and you learn more about Setrakus Ra and Ella. And there’s also the highly anticipated union of all the members especially Adam and Four, which was the best. My favourite character is Adam, and I loved his presence and involvement in the plot. He had a final showdown with his dad, and I’m glad he got that closure and officially moved on as his own person.
Six and Sam didn’t have much of an impact considering one of the POVs was Six. I didn’t like the direction her relationship with Sam took. For once I preferred John and Sarah, though I was still really happy when she went off the picture. In the previous books she and John have been the most annoyingly space-occupying parts. The focus on romantic relations is a bit much when there’s so much more that could’ve been happening; friendships are the better part of this series.
The strongest and most enjoyable scenes were the ones with Ella, Adam and the last few chapters. The tense atmosphere and impending doom you feel when Ella spends time with Ra, and the invasion, was great. Five’s repentance didn’t do much for me, since in the other book and novellas also I felt nothing for him. He’s the one character who failed to evoke any emotions other than complete distrust and dislike. I felt that there could have been a little more focus on Marina and Nine in terms of their grief and her forgiveness.
And the ending, OMG the ending. It was awesome and crazy and typically a cliff-hanger. But the kind you love and hate simultaneously because you’re left open-mouthed at the developments, and horror that it ended in the middle of something so massive and fantastic! I can’t wait to read what happens in the, hopefully, last book. I hope it’s long and written like this one where the focus is on more important things than teenage relationship angst. This was a very exciting and fulfilling book for me, and there are things I can’t wait to find out, like:
I’m pretty sure there’s even more to the Ra-Lore-Ella scene, but what will it be? And that Ella will be the end of Ra – Yay.
Who is GUARD?? Can’t wait to find out in Mark’s novella.
What of Sam? Who else? And what of the rest of the Guarde, and Ra with the pendants and chests?
Ultimately, I just hope Adam, Ella, Sam and the Chimeras don’t die.