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Friday, April 26, 2013

{REVIEW} The Last Days of Lorien by Pittacus Lore

The Last Days of Lorien

Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre: YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Series: Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files #5 (A spin-off from the Lorien Legacies series)
Published: April 9th 2013 by HarperCollins
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N
Discover what really happened in the final days of the doomed planet from the eyes of Sandor—who would go on to become the reluctant CĂȘpan to Number Nine.

Before Number Four and the others arrived on Earth, they lived on the planet Lorien. A planet filled with others who also had extraordinary abilities. A peaceful planet––until the day the Mogadorians attacked, and nearly annihilated, the Loric people.

Only a handful of Loric survived the battle. This is Sandor’s story.

Sandor was tired of being a teenager, tired of going to school and obeying his teachers and playing by his parents' rules. He enjoyed breaking the rules rather than following them. But when he makes one mistake too many, Sandor's life takes an unexpected turn, and he is forced to join the Lorien Defense Academy.

Sandor had never believed in the crazy idea that Lorien needed to defend itself—Lorien was a peaceful planet, with no apparent enemies. But when Mogadorians suddenly attack, Sandor learns how real that threat was. Now Sandor is one of only a handful of Loric left alive, and the fate of Lorien is in their hands.

This book reminded me again why I love Lorien Legacies and the spin-off series Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files. The Last Days of Lorien showed insight on how it was like to live in the Planet Lorien before the Mogadorians attacked. What's more interesting is that the story's told from a Cepan's point of view.

The main character, Sandor, is not totally likeable. He's a rebel, but a genius rebel at that. He contradicts almost everything and enjoys breaking the rules. While I don't really see the point of him doing all this ruckus, I can't help but admire his skills. He's smart and resourceful. He's not perfect, but his character is very realistic that I know a lot of people would connect with him. He has redeeming qualities, though. Especially when he saved a life and reluctantly stepped up to the responsibility of being a Mentor Cepan.

The world-building is superb. The amount of effort that the author put into building this fantasy planet is amazing. Everything is detailed and well thought out. It's easy to visualize the places and situations because they are carefully described without being too overwhelming.

Personally, I would have preferred a little more action but since the story spans from before the invasion took place, it's understandable that the conflict is written towards the end. The pacing is okay; I hardly remember any dull moments while reading so I know I really enjoyed it. The Last Days of Lorien is a short and quick read, but enjoyable nevertheless. It makes waiting for The Fall of Five almost bearable. ^_^

The official description for the next book in Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files, The Forgotten Ones is out! Read it here.

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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