Review: United as One (Lorien Legacies #7) by Pittacus Lore

united as one coverThe seventh and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! With United as One, this action-packed series comes to a surprising, breathtaking, and utterly satisfying conclusion. The Garde didn’t start this war, but they’ll do whatever it takes to end it once and for all. . . .

The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head on. The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they’ll need an army of their own to win this fight.

They’ve teamed up with the US military, but it might not be enough. The Garde need reinforcements, and they’ve found them in the most unexpected place. Teenagers from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam, have developed abilities. So John and the others must get to them before the Mogs, because if they don’t their enemies will use these gifted teens for their own sinister plan.

But after all the Mogadorians have taken from John—his home, his family, his friends, and the person he loves most—he might not want to put any more lives in danger. He’s got nothing left to lose, and he’s just discovered he has been given an incredible new Legacy. Now he can turn himself into the ultimate weapon. So will he risk his life to save the world, or will he realize that power in numbers will save us all?

United As One ultimately fell flat for me. It wasn’t a bad book, and I did enjoy reading it, but I wasn’t a fan of the direction the story went, and felt that overall it was rather anticlimactic.

The first half of the story I found to be extremely slow, but it picks up nicely in the second half and is pretty much non-stop action until the end. The characters are much more weary and worn down than they’ve ever been, and I liked how they were realistically emotionally affected by the war. Some cool new legacies are introduced as well, and the moral stakes are higher; the characters are constantly weighing risks, and the two questions being continually asked are whether it is right to kill off all the Mogadorians and what the role of the humans should be in the war.

Beyond that however, I didn’t find the story to be all that original or exciting. Once the army got involved, a lot of it reads like any action movie in which Earth must defend itself against alien invaders. I missed the fearful atmosphere of the earlier novels, where the Lorien were on the run, operating in secrecy. I also miss the mystical elements surrounding the Loric that were so key to the series in the beginning; their chests full of strange items, their mysterious home planet, and the way their legacies unfolded. They really felt like aliens, not just humans with superpowers as they do here.

The final battle was over way too quickly for my liking, and wasn’t nearly as awesome as it could have been.I’m disappointed because this book could have had everything going for it, but took the safe and conventional route instead. Hopefully, other fans will enjoy this more than I did.

*Highlight to view spoilers* I also disliked how John did the majority of the fighting, and how his Zimic legacies rendered him nearly indestructible and super powerful. Also, the fact that nearly everyone survived was unrealistic and annoying. There were so many other ways it could have gone down that would have upped the stakes and the intensity. Even the human Loric story line was built up way too much for what it actually amounted to in the end. 




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