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Book Review: Fall of Five

Title: Fall of Five
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Harper Teens
Published: August 27, 2013
Rating: 3.8 stars

So I wrote this book review right after I finished reading Fall of Five and here are my thoughts towards the novel (there are a lot of spoilers, so be warned):

Synopsis (with added comments):

They are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians? (now that I've finished this I've lost a drastic amount of hope)

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. (not turning out well)

But he was wrong (duh) . 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 (we all know who that is). 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. (still confused here)

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? (I WONDER) 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. (I do hope so)

     So up above is the synopsis of Fall of Five with an added commentary of my own.  Honestly the only reason why I ever liked this book is because looking at the story as a whole, as an entire series I found the story interesting.  I am aware about the fact that people find alien stories a little corny, but I would prefer this over vampires, demons, witches which are commonly seen today as the subject of most YA novels.

     One of this book's best assets is it's creative plot, and even more so is the ability of the author to keep the story going.  What I mean by this is that the author never fails to add more plot twists, more shocking events, humor, and an effective cliff-hanger.  And yes, Fall of Five had all of that.

     Now something that I think this book lacked is character development.  Okay, alright—I'll give the author a teaspoon of credit for letting some of the characters develop.  Four is now presented as the unofficial  leader of them all and that he admirably is able to keep up with the views of his peers.  Nine is shown as his usual self except more useful—he was actually presented as someone smart.  Eight and Marina are developing themselves as people and at the same time developing something entirely new/different (which led to an abrupt halt because you know why). And Ella is maturing throughout the story and is developing an unusual taste in her choice of company.

     Yes—everything I said above is considered as a teaspoon to me and a teaspoon only, because the characters that needed more developing are not developing.  Sam is still caged in his fear of being un-useful.  Sarah, overlooking the fact that she knows how to shoot now, is still a Mary Sue.   Six— oh, Six.  What is wrong with her? I am most confused with her. Who does she choose? Four or Sam? I was unsatisfied about outcome of the love-square. In this book at least.  Will Ella really end up with Nine? Preposterous! What will happen to Marina now? I truly feel bad for her.  They were my favorite (and apparently the most decent) pairing in the book.

     I am absolutely unable to predict the outcome of the mess that they put themselves into.  Too much problems were added—they're separated, they're three people less, they have to save their traitor,  they have to find out out their Elder's plans, they have to win this war.  So yes, I've lost a drastic amount of hope.  But something that interests me is the return of Adam—I believe that he is the replacement of One.  But how will that turn out?

     I am still waiting for Four's legacies to develop—he can't just have Lumen forever. What will Marina make of her newly found power? And why the heck does Setrakus Ra choose Ella? What else are in their chests, which ones are these Phoenix Stones? What was the Elders' plans? Will anything happen to Eight's body? Will they save Five? Who will end up with each other? What else would Malcolm remember? Who is Pittacus Lore? 

     All of these, I believe, are openings that the author is left to work with for the remaining books of the series—so we should watch out for the answers to these questions.  But in the meanwhile, we are left  just to speculate and wonder about what could of been.  And honestly, it's driving me nuts.  But thanks to this book, I'm starting to view most characters differently:

Four: he's still my favorite character and I'm still rooting for him to be Pittacus Lore and the leader of the group.  But he lost my respect when it comes to love.  Such a loser when it comes to love—he's a cheater,  he's dense, he's not thinking of what others may feel because his stupidity.
Five: I HATE HIM. He let the only decent love story in the book waste away into trash! He's rude, and he's a traitor! Most of all he is naive, he is arrogant, he is proud.
Six: What the heck is wrong with her? For me she is still the strongest of them all
Seven: Poor thing.  She gained so much of my respect.  She lost a good friend. She was the most thoughtful, most respectful person there.  She's now one of my favorite characters. And for me she's now the second strongest in the group.
Eight:   :'(   I still believe that there's hope for him. I believed him to be the second strongest in the group. Now I leave the title to his close friend.
Nine: I'm not surprised that he's smart.  I'm not surprised either that his personality hasn't changed.  I don't blame him for what happened to Eight.  I just hope what happened makes him a better person. For me he's the third strongest.
Ella: poor girl.  She also gained respect from me.  It's admirable how she's changing, maturing and strengthening throughout everything going on with her
Sarah: I will always hate her.  But at least now she's useful
Sam: okay. But he'd be better if he lets go of his insecurities.

In conclusion to my thoughts of this book, I believe that even though I've lost a lot of hope, what matters is that there still is hope (and another book). So all we can do now is what us readers usually do—wait (and make character prophesies).


  1. Okay, I'm a big fan of Lorien Legacies (even with all those Full Fathom Five controversies surrounding it) BUT I HAVEN'T READ THIS ONE YET :'( So I'll be postponing reading your review 'til I'm through with it. Just wanted you to know that yes, LL might not have a big fandom but we are still here. Watching. Waiting. Reading reviews.

    Ailla @ Le Bibliophile~

    1. I am a huge fan of Lorien Legacies too! I'm sure you'll love the next books you'll read in the series :)

      When it comes to books, what really matters to me is that it's capable of fulfilling its goals of entertaining me/giving me happiness/getting me affected, so regardless of whether the fandom is big or not— if I think the book deserves recognition, then I will promote it :)

      It's great to know you believe in the series too and that we're both in one with the fandom HAHA

      ~sincerely a BookBeastie,

    2. Also, I am not aware of the Full Fathom Five Controversy so...idk... lol HEHE (This is still Lea by the way)

    3. Lea!

      I can't believe how we have so much in common esp. when it comes to books! and I agree with you, it may not have a big fandom but as long as we like it, support it, right? :)

      About the Full Fathom Five, I dunno if you should read about it or not but when I had, (it might seem heartless or what) but I still supported LL and other books which are involved in the controversy. You probably should google and and find out more about FFF. I'll let you see for yourself :)

      Ailla <3