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?
Disclaimers: This is the seventh book in the Lorien Legacies series and as such this review will contain spoilers for the previous mistakes. This review may contain spoilers for United As One itself. You have been warned
Why we chose it: We were curious with how the series would wrap up.
Review: It’s come to our attention that writing a review that is for the most part a negative review is extremely difficult. Writing coherent reasons behind our negative emotions and thoughts on a book is far more challenging that putting into words positive thoughts. This the fourth and final time we’re going to try this, here we go.
United As One was not a satisfactory conclusion to a book series which started out great. The first three books, particularly books two and three were great. We loved getting to read from Marina’s point of view and Six’s point of view. We were never really fans of John, but we could tolerate him because all the voices the books were written in felt different.
In United As One we only had John and Six speaking in alternative chapters and if it wasn’t for the opposite character’s name being used we would never have been able to tell them apart. They kind of blended into one and that really disappointed us. It was one of the first major aspects to the writing in this book that hit us.
The second would be how that major thing that happened with Sarah in book six was never actually dealt with. It was done is such a way that we felt no emotion about it and it was if Sarah’s entire story-line had been only to provide some minor love triangle vibes and to be John’s love interest. We hated how it was handled, it made us very angry how she became just a throwaway character and that’s another big problem in United As One.
Many, if not all off the secondary characters introduced to us in this novel and the previous novel are two dimensional, throwaway characters. We were given very little, if any in some cases, backstory to these characters. They had no actual affect on the plot and seemed to us to be there as fillers. Something to cover up the terrible faults in both the voices of our main characters and their lack of believable development. Something to also cover up how rushed and really how terribly executed the plot was.
For a large part of the book we have our characters preparing for the final battle. The one that would essentially decide the faith of all humanity. It was to be expected. What we didn’t expect was how little we actually see them levelling up in a sense to face The Mogadorians. Sure there were meetings and…missions, but it was all so boring. They attack a ship, the plan changes because John has become this stone cold man…..
That’s it. That’s our problem with this book in one word. It was boring. We cared nothing for the outcome and developed a sense of indifference towards characters we had previously liked. There were a few moments where Nine made us laugh, but other than that we were emotionally distant from the events in United As One
If you’re a fan of the series in general or even a fan of the book, you shouldn’t let our thoughts change your opinion. If you’re a new reader who wants to try this series out for yourself then do. You could love everything about it including the final book. We know we’re in a minority group with our opinion on United As One, but we’ve done the best we can to coherently convey our feelings towards it.
It was hard because of that indifference we’ve mentioned and it was strange how vastly different our opinion has been over the course of seven books.
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