Author: Pittacus Lore
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: May 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from penguin nz in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: The first book in a pulse-pounding new series that’s set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series. The war may be over—but for the next generation, the battle has just begun!
It has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted in Pittacus Lore’s United as One. But in order to win, our alien allies known as the Garde unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies.
To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals—and put the world at ease—the Garde have created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use of their talents. And the teens may need to use their Legacies sooner than they ever imagined.
in all honesty, generation one wasn’t nearly as good as i’d hoped. the i am number four series was so much better – the characters were more interesting and relatable. as for generation one, this book was extremely rushed.
i found it difficult to connect to the main characters, or to even like them, as every time i nearly did there was a chapter change. it really doesn’t help that there’s so many of them. (pretty much the same issue i had with i am number four). one thing that i loved about having so many characters is the use of so many different cultures. i like that not everything is about america (not everything, but still mostly).
the general concept of generation one was really interesting. it flows really well going from united as one to this book – the continuation is instant. ‘normal’ people getting loric powers?! count me in! aside from that, i do wish it were a little more original and not as similar to the other series. and the government is still mostly shit (i see a trend coming on here, lore).
i wish it had less to do with the original i am number four characters. as much as i love these characters, it made it a lot harder to connect with the new ones as i just wanted to read about my old favs. another issue i had was that it felt like they were thrown in for guest appearances in order to keep the readers happy and interested.