BOOK REVIEW | UNITED AS ONE BY PITTACUS LORE

Title: United As One

Author: Pittacus Lore

Series Number: 7

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Genres: YA, Science Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book to review from Penguin Random House NZ

Star rating:★★☆

Summary: The 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?

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united as one is considerably better than the previous two books, although the writing style is still rather plain and boring. the ending of this novel felt too easy having built up six other books to reach the goal. it was a bit unbelievable and unrealistic.

majority of the characters annoyed me and didn’t seem like themselves. six, my favourite character, hardly felt like a main character as she hardly did anything. i didn’t see the purpose of half the characters as the story primarily follows john/four as he saves the day.

not to mention the introduction of new characters. what was with that? “hey, lets bring in some new characters but forget about them/have them serve no purpose to the plot at all?!” whoever thought that was a good idea really wasn’t thinking straight. i would’ve loved to see these new characters in action and to learn more about the human garde in general. (although i don’t like the idea of human garde, the least we could’ve gotten was some info about it).

i guess i should put at least one good point in this review: i really enjoyed the epilogue. i like how everything was rounded off and finalised. we get to know what the main cast are doing next and what everyone’s up to. there are so many books i read where i’m asking “but what are they doing now?”, and in united as one, we finally get that answer.

overall, i thought this book sucked as a finale to such an epic series. i wish the last three books had been condensed into one book rather than split up to milk as much $$ as they can. the ideas were spread far too thin to make so many books. but i did like the “one year later” ending, and i’m glad the series is over.

(ps i love six)

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  • I completely agree 100%. I feel like the last few books of the series have definitely been dragged out a lot more than they needed to be, and, at this point, it seems more for the money than anything else. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    • i’m glad i’m not the only one who feels this way about it! i was a little worried that i’d have the unpopular opinion. the first few were definitely good books, but now i’m not so sure. thank you for stopping by!

  • I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while, I also have it as a part of a couple of challenges I am doing, It’s sort of disappointing that it ends this way, I am still going to read it though just because I have been waiting so long too. Great Review!

    • yeah i have some issues with james frey and so i won’t recommend this series to anyone else, or any of books :/ either way, i hope you enjoy the series. the first few are decent enough.