Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore




The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

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.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again. (Via www.goodreads.com.)

Release Date: August 27th, 2013


Pages: 355



      The Fall of Five starts off during the Mogadorian and Loric battle at the Mogadorian's Dulce base but in Sam's point of view. Knowing Sam was alive and unharmed caused me to sigh in relief because he has not been in any of the books for at least one book and  I was afraid the author forgot about him or that Sam was going to be killed off. Sam is rescued by his Father, Malcolm, and Adam, a rouge Mogadorian with legacies at the Dulce base.When the Garde goes to get Five so does Sam and Malcolm. Sam is reunited with the John, Sarah, and the rest of the Garde.
      During the entire book, Ella has these visions of Setrákus Ra, that are not quite what the same type of visions as John and Nine had of him before. The visions are super freaky when John gets sucked into them when he touched Ella, and the readers experience the visions as well. It was a dystopian version of Chicago when all the Garde is dead and the Mogadorian's take over, but Ella is still alive and is ruling with Setrákus Ra because she is the Heir. It was so confusing because Ella is Lorian not Mogadorian. Even with that on the table I am predicting that Setrákus Ra is Ella's father and I going to go out on a limb here and say Pittacus Lore is actually Setrákus Ra.
       During the book, romantic relationships are defined and questioned; Marina and Eight have not told each other how they feel but its obvious they do. They flirt, protect one another, etc. and some of the other Garde members have picked up on it, at least Ella and John have. Marina and Eight are my favorite couple, even if they are not necessarily a couple. Ella and Nine's relationship is also brought up several times. Ella has a crush on Nine. I kind of like them together it is just that Nine is about sixteen or seventeen years old, while Ella is about eleven. I am not saying I do not approve of their relationship, I would prefer that Ella was older. But it is unknown if Nine feels the same way about Ella. About half way through the book, Sam steps up and tells Six about how he feels and Six tells him that they could possibly have a relationship when things are less chaotic. I know Sam and Six were going to kiss but then Eight just had to come rushing in. I have wanted Sam and Six together since the beginning and I am happy they at least discussed having a possible relationship in the future.
       Speaking of romance, Ella is quite the match maker.  It was so adorable when she was telling Marina how she hoped Five was going to be a guy so Six had someone like Marina & Eight, she & Nine, and John & Sarah do. It was just so funny because she is eleven years old and she is match making, plus Nine is about five years older than she!
        Non-romantic relationships were also included, such as Marina and Ella, since The Power of Six they have had a sisterly relationship. Sam and Malcolm's relationship is also shown and this is the first book with both of them in it.  We knew how much Sam missed him in the previous books but we never saw their relationship in action. In additions, John and Sam's brotherly relationship was also reunited.
       Five is introduced in this book, hence the title, and he seemed a little odd but with what happened to each of the Garde members I did not question it.  Maybe I should have. Looking back, I can see that Five is a traitor because of some of his actions and words. Not only was I heart broken by Eight's death because I want Marian and him together so bad, I also loved Eight as a character. At first, when the mark came on all the Garde's legs when Eight was stabbed, I thought it was a misunderstanding. I thought Five actually got stabbed instead of Eight, but sadly that was not the case. The only good thing that came out of that scene was that Marina developed a new legacy where she can create ice. 
       At the end, John healed Malcolm instead of going after Ella. I was very torn because John saw the vision that Ella had and the vision was starting to come true when Eight died, but John ignored the fact!  Although I was glad that John healed Malcolm, I did not want Sam to be mourning over his Dad's death. Saving Malcolm helps the Garde because he has information that can help the Garde.  
       Overall, The Fall of Five was action-packed, heart-breaking, attention-grabbing, and like all the other books in the Lorien Legacies,  the reader has more questions than before starting the book!

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