Kirkus Star
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Series: Lorien Legacies


THE FALL OF FIVE by Pittacus Lore
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Likely headed for the best-seller lists—but not on its merits. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
"Lore" (aka James Frey) moves his ponderous, jumbled science-fiction epic forward an inch by dropping a traitor into the band of superpowered refugees charged with saving Earth from evil aliens. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF SIX by Pittacus Lore
FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Straight to blockbuster without any stops for character development, worldbuilding or internal logic along the way. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
The James Frey assembly-line approach to teen lit has generated another boomfest. Read full book review >
I AM NUMBER FOUR MOVIE TIE-IN by Pittacus Lore
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Fans must decide if it's worth paying $3 more than the plain e-book for such meager morsels. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
An enhanced movie tie-in e-pub of pseudonymous author James Frey's slapdash, cliché-ridden foray into sci-fi for teenagers attempts to add value, though much of it is readily available for free on the Internet. Read full book review >
I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"Maybe this is a natural extension of lightly hidden actual author James Frey's drive to fictionalize his life, but literature it ain't. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
If it were a Golden Age comic, this tale of ridiculous science, space dogs and humanoid aliens with flashlights in their hands might not be bad. Read full book review >