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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies, #4) - Book Review

5/5 Stars

The battle is far from over...


Edition: Kindle
Pages: 337
Chapters: 37
Publisher: Penguin Books

Book Links: Goodreads
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                      Author's Website (I think, at least in relation to the series.)

Review

This series just does not disappoint!

It has its negatives just like any other collection of novels, sure, but when a story can obliterate your misgivings in only a couple pages then you know you're helpless. The Fall of Five ensures the series' stakes are sent to the stratosphere. Heartwarming heroics enthral you as the author moves the overall plot just that bit further along, answering questions while fearlessly foreshadowing a fantastic future (and by fantastic I mean one with horror and heartbreak).

But even though this instalment is manned by some impressive characters, no one is safe. Heartbreak fractures hope, and The Fall of Five is fraught with just enough new developments that your head will be spinning by the end.

Synopsis

I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win.

But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from them with our lives. And now we're in hiding, figuring out our next move.

The six of us are powerful - but not strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven't discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven't learned to work together. Time is running out, and there's only one thing we know for certain: We need to find Number Five before they do.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
I am Number Four. I was supposed to be next.
But I'm still alive.
This battle is far from over.

Plot - 5/5 Stars

There are a few inconsistencies, a few convenient moments, and a few threads that have been dropped completely as the series has gone on (unless they pop back up in the future). But that's really the only negatives I have. If you could call them negatives; they're largely negligible.

The Fall of Five is a sharp, funny, and magical story that's rife with dramatic action sequences and stomach-churning twists. Sure, some surprises are insanely obvious from the get-go, but part of me feels that it's deliberate. The tension that arises from your strong suspicions is delicious, especially when you find out you're right and you watch everything go to hell.

The thrills start right from the start, and while I do think this entry pulls back on the action a little, the substitute character development and crackling chemistry more than make up for it.

Of course, the ass-kicking action is still there and predominant. And, trust me, this series always squeezes the most out of its super-charged cast and choreography. 

The finale is intense and insane, hitting the reader with so much you can't turn the pages fast enough. The last page leaves on a decent cliffhanger, one that ensures you'll pick up the next instalment.

Pace - 5/5 Stars

The Fall of Five, and the series in general, has a way with the story's flow. It's fast, furious, and frightening in its ferocity. The way the author can manage a structure of such spectacular proportions is unreal. I always love when a series can balance its action and exposition in a way that is smooth and hooking. 

And this series knows how to do it without breaking a sweat.

Characters - 5/5 Stars

The greatest thing about the Lorien Legacies' characters is just how developed they are, and they never fail to amaze. Their voices can sometimes mix in this entry, but the divine dynamics that their differing personalities bring are phenomenal. Each person is slowly, but naturally, falling into place as the war between alien races for survival moves forward. 

The dialogue and comedy are also both on point. The past few entries have good amounts of both, but they don't always hit the mark. Well, The Fall of Five has humour and wit during even the most tenuous of scenes, and it really adds a spark that keeps events unpredictable.

Writing - 5/5 Stars

Keeping the present tense and first-person narrative, The Fall of Five moves forward at a brisk pace. Events are sharp and fast-paced, even when exposition is in play. The author really makes you feel like you're along for the ride rather than someone watching from outside.

The lore is also getting more expansive, with nicely woven omens subverting the reader's predictions.

Overall - 5/5 Stars

I haven't been failed by this series yet, and I'm gonna be at a loss when I reach the final entry.

If you haven't picked up any of these books, please do. An intergalactic war that sees good vs evil battling it out for survival is always a good thing (at least in fiction; it'd suck in reality). Plus, superpowers.

Superpowers!


Previous Instalment: The Rise of Nine
Next Instalment: The Revenge of Seven


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