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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies, #6) - Book Review

5/5 Stars

They awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations.

Now this power can save the world...

...or destroy it.

It will all depend on who wields it...


Edition: Kindle
Pages: 348
Chapters: 25
Publisher: Penguin Books

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

Review

I'll have to keep this short...

Why? Because you have to be annoyed at how much praise I've showered this series with. I thought The Revenge of Seven, this entry's predecessor, was the height of what this collection of novels could achieve; and I only thought that because it's such an experience.

I was wrong, of course.

The Fate of Ten makes The Revenge of Seven look weak. The series has hit a fever pitch with this instalment. Things happen with such deliciously organised chaos that reality just drops away. I can't wrap my head around it. I can't process the greatness.

All I know is that, if this is the penultimate novel, United as One, the final, is all but guaranteed to be an explosive paradise.

Synopsis

For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can't find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan - one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations.

Now this power can save the world...or destroy it.

It will all depend on who wields it.

Plot - 5/5 Stars

The Fate of Ten is big, bold, and brazenly brilliant. An alien invasion rocks the Earth, and our heroes, splintered across the globe, are forced into an apocalypse they aren't ready for. There's endless action and oxygen-sucking suspense. Each moment is tense and unpredictable, so if you're a nail biter, get ready to have no nails.

This isn't a spoiler for this entry, considering it's The Revenge of Seven's big finish, but I have to say, the twist to give humans powers is one of the most delicious developments the series has done. It obliterates the old dynamics and brings in some fantastical fun. The series didn't need it, but it adds another spark and freshens up the story.

And don't get me started on the stunning blend of physical feats with supernatural abilities. The choreography is only brightened by the alien attack, and every corner holds damning danger. So much danger, in fact, that the conclusion hits like a brick to the face. Revelations come fast and hard, but the final fight is a heartbreaking step that sets up the final novel with more emotion than ever before.

Pace - 5/5 Stars

There's an alien invasion going on, folks!

The Fate of Ten couldn't be slow or boring if it tried.

Characters - 5/5 Stars

I mean, what else can I say about the cast that I haven't already beaten to death in my previous reviews?

Their personalities are phenomenal; their development is phenomenal; their dialogue, while a little shaky to begin with during the series' run, is a lot stronger and, yes, phenomenal. 

This series, The Fate of Ten included, has a way of making you one of its own. It's immersive as hell.

Writing - 4.5/5 Stars

The present tense, first-person narration in this entry is a little disjointed to begin with, and I do mean a little. We follow mostly Four's and Six's viewpoints, with a smattering of Ten's. Initially, it's not until the scene is set that we realise who's who, but that eventually smooths out.

Overall - 5/5 Stars

All in all, a web of wonder inhabits The Fate of Ten, and it looks ready to charge for the final battle in United as One.

And I will most definitely be there.


Previous Instalment: The Revenge of Seven
Next Instalment: United as One


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