By titling the latest book in the Lorien Legacies “The Fall of Five,” Pittacus Lore, the author, gives the reader a hint about what is going to happen. Finally, the Lorien survivors meet the last living member of their elite group: Number Five.
Five is not what they expected. A bit standoffish and unused to fighting, he seems to rebuff their efforts at friendship. In the meantime, Number Four's best friend Sam and his father manage to escape from the Mogadorian prison with the help of Adam, a Mogadorian son of one of its generals who has become a Lorien ally.
The action continues unabated. Pittacus Lore continues to effectively build the individual characters. But one of the slightly confusing aspects of the book is the variable narrative technique. The story is told in first person narration from several different viewpoints. John, who is Number Four, does some of the narrating, as does Sam. Marina, Number Seven, who was introduced in the second book, “The Power of Six,” also narrates.
The alternating narration would be easier to read if it the chapters were labeled as such. Instead, the book relies on slightly different fonts to show the changing narration. The problem is that some of the fonts are not that different -- it’s difficult to tell who is narrating at first. This is a minor complaint, however, about a book that is exciting, with a plot that continues to enthrall.
An almost funny effect of having characters whose names are numbers is the occasional difficulty in reading a sentence that starts, "Five steps into the room..." One might start to read it as a description of taking five steps into a room instead of the sentence beginning with the person Five stepping into the room. Again, it's a minor problem and one that might have the reader simply restarting a few sentences throughout the book.
John, Number Four, spends part of this book in a sleep-state where he has visions of a horrifying future. That vision also gives him information about who among them is a traitor. But by the time he finds out, it’s too late to help.
A cliffhanger ending will keep readers on tenterhooks until the next book comes out.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Harper Books, for review purposes.
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