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So this is the second book in the Lorien Legacies set by "Pittacus Lore". Basically, it takes off where the last book (I Am Number Four) stopped but adds in a new member of the Lorien Guard as a second central character. On one side, it follows Marina (Seven) in a Spanish convent, where she eagerly searches for news about the other Guard members and tries to work out what to do about her mentor, Adelina, losing faith in their mission. On the other side, it follows John Smith (Four) from the first book as he runs away from the destruction of his school in Paradise, Ohio and mourns the loss of his mentor, Henri. On both sides the fight the bad guys, nicknamed "Mogs".
It was an easy read - I got it finished in less than a day without reading continuously so, from a reading level stand point, it's definitely age appropriate.
Sadly, compared to my enthusiasm whilst reading book one, I was a little bored in some parts. Basically anything that contained John. I'm not sure why the author started to take tips on how to write a great protagonist from the Twilight Saga but I was soon bored of the moody, angsty, "poor me" attitude that the character was given, the undeniable cockiness and his boring reflections on his relationship status. I was relieved when one of the objects of his affections managed to sum up the etire thing in three sentences - I'm hoping it means that subsequent books won't contain all the drivel.
The second main character, was a lot more exciting to me even without all the action scenes of the other side. I enjoyed her dilemas of what she should do about her mentor, her friends, her impending doom and so on. It felt more real and exciting than John's formulaic battle, angst, battle, angst, battle, angst.
The most exciting character was definitely Six - it was interesting hearing a little of her history but not all of it and it was partly my hope to hear the rest of her history that ade me persevere with the novel. Her bluntness is awesome and cuts through the crap that some of the other characters put out.
Is it a deep read? Definitely not because I'm coming up completely blank about some higher meaning to give the novel. Faith maybe? I suppose that could be considered a theme, what with Marina's location, her mentor's lack of belief in their lives before and John's struggle to equate what he feels with what he believes.
Would I recommend it? I wouldn't say no - there are very few books that I would say DO NOT read - but I also wouldn't say that you had to rush out and buy the book.