Teen Book Review-Generation One by Pittacus Lore

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Generation One by Pittacus Lore is a new series that was based on the I am Number Four series. This series continues the story of the Human Guard, humans who were given Loriac powers after the Monadorians invaded Earth. The only person from the original series is Nine, although there was a brief appearance of Four and I have a feeling that he will show up again.

This series feels a lot like X-Men. Children now have special powers and the children are outcasts who people want to contain or use. The main characters of this series are Taylor, a girl from the Mid-West who is a healer, Kopane, a Nigerian teenager who has superhuman strength and telekinesis, Isabella, a Brazilian shape-shifter, Ran, a young Japanese girl who can create explosives, and Caleb, a military brat who can duplicate himself.

Although I liked the series I was a bit concerned with these characters being stereotypes. Kopane came from a family where his father was using his powers to help others commit crimes, and Ran is portrayed as a quiet, passive girl. Isabella is a sexy flirt who shows interest in several boys.

The series does have lots of excitement and in the end, I couldn’t put it down because I really cared about the characters and gratefully soon saw the stereotypes dissolve as the characters became more developed. I can’t wait for the next book.

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