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Lorien Legacies is a series of young adult science fiction books, written by James Frey, Jobie Hughes, and formerly, Greg Boose, under the collective pseudonym Pittacus Lore. Contents. 1 Lorien Legacies novel series. I Am Number Four; The Power Of Six; The Rise of Nine; The. I Am Number Four is a young adult science fiction novel by Pittacus Lore and the first book in the Lorien Legacies series. The book was published by. I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine, The Fall of Five, The Revenge of Seven, The Fate of Ten. The first six novels in the New York Times bestselling Lorien Legacies series are included in this collection: I Am Number Four: The book that started it all.
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Also known for the ill-fated movie adaptation “I Am Number Four”, The Lorien Legacies series found more success in the libraries. Now back to Pittacus Lore, he is one of the Lorien survivors hunted by the Mogadarians. In one of his book series; I am Number Four, Pittacus Lore mentions that. I Am Number Four Collection: Books I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine, The Fall of Five, The Revenge of Seven, The Fate of Ten.
If you want to read the novellas in order with the books, you need to scroll down a little bit to find a reading order. I Am Number Four — Nine Loric children were sent to Earth to live in hiding until they grew up and developed their Legacies, powers that would help them fight back — and help them save us.
Three of them are now dead. But they are not alone. In order to save him — and our world — John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogs in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India. The Garde must come together before it is too late. The Fall of Five — After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being killed, the Garde realize they are drastically unprepared.
To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. And when they receive a sign from Number Five they know they are close to all being together finally.
He has found refuge on planet Earth and continues to wage war against the Mogadorians. Pittacus Lore beliefs that this war is to protect planet Earth and it can only be done by his kind. In his work, Pittacus Lore tells the story of the Loric race and their fight on earth. All his work is published by Harper Collins from the year to date. John smith together with his protector named Henri are running away from the Mogadorians.
The Mogadorians are another race of aliens hunting John Smith and other eight Loric teenagers residing on planet Earth. The nine teenagers have special powers known as the Legacies and belong to a group known as the Garde. The Garde are protected by charm and they can only be killed in numeric order but only when they are far apart.
The first three members of the Garde have been killed, John, who is number four is the next in line. John and his protector Henry move from Florida to paradise Ohio. They later resolved their differences and become friends.
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John also becomes best friends with Sam Goode. He later finds a dog and names him Bernie Kosar who later turns out to be a Loric Chimera who can transform. Hence Sarah discovers his secret but they all remain supportive. Towards the end of the book, John is found by the Mogadorians and a battle ensues at paradise high school in Ohio.
However, Henry dies in the battle and Bernie Kosar is badly injured. Due to these events, John is blamed and he is therefore forced to leave his girlfriend and leaves together with number six, Sam and Bernie Kosar in search of the other members of the Garde. The story starts by showing the life of Marina at the convent and how John, Number six his friends are evading the police and the Mogadorians. Marina makes friendship with Ella a new girl at the convent who later happens to be the tenth member of the Garde.
The opening of the chest notified the Mogadorians of their whereabouts. They were attacked in the night by the Mogadorians but they managed to escape. They head back to retrieve this information. However, they managed to escape from prison. On the other hand Marina tries to persuade her protector named Adellaide to open her chest but in vain. The little girl Ella discovers the chest and together with Marina they went to retrieve it.
I'm going to give a breakdown of some of the flaws with the story. John has a guardian from his planet, but the guardian has no special abiliti The language and phrasing is really simplistic, which wasn't bad, but the story itself makes no sense whatsoever.
John has a guardian from his planet, but the guardian has no special abilities. It's like the author realized a bunch of little kids couldn't crash land on the planet and run amok so he gave them each a single adult -- but the kids have to be the special ones. So the adult alien is another species of humanoid alien from the planet, but a sort of servant species.
The servant species of aliens are powerless, but their life goals are to train the powerful mutants. Why would you put the power training in the hands of the un-powered species? The powered species seems to be just as numerous, if not more so, then the un-powered species.
So really -- why. I know! Ao that the adults accompanying the children have a purpose!! Also, the author doesn't seem to want to refer to them as slaves or servants, which waters down the whole situation and makes it even more convoluted. The aliens got their powers as a gift from the planet for protecting it and reversing the damage they did to it. Of course, the servant species works just as hard but they get no 'magic.
The children are protected by a 'charm' that means they can only be killed in order.
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Why a charm? This is what I mean about mixing genres.
First it's science fiction, but instead of using any understanding of science to explain the situation the author leaps to magic because that doesn't need to be explained!! After all, he's writing a children's book so who gives a frig? There are a thousand more creative ways to say why they must be killed in order. Or even that the race hunting them is methodical and hunting them in age order since age dictates when they get their powers. Or that they are impossible to identify before they manifest their powers.
It was just like he reached the fastest conclusion possible and then stopped thinking, job done. The children represent no threat. The aggressive alien race is interested in earth, but they're still dedicating most of their time to hunting these nine stranglers. When you wipe out earth you're going to get them anyway, guys. What's with the obsession? The charm breaks if any of the children come together.
They go through pains to stay scattered. One of them deliberately breaks this so they can gather together to make a stand.
The characters are charmless.
The male lead is stupid and pigheaded and clearly the author's suave wish-I-was in high school. He's very I can kick your ass puny mortals, but I won't.
The lead makes many stupid, stupid choices that endanger everyone around him and break all the rules set up in the beginning of the book. The female lead is a hot ex-cheerleader who choose to be 'good and kind' to everyone instead of being popular. The author wants you to know that the male lead could screw a blonde head cheerleader, but he has depth and intensity and soul.
So he's going to bang the one who wants to rescue strays and take beautiful black and white photos of flowers.
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I didn't like either of them, nor did their romance ever feel even slightly real. In essence, this book was lazily written, barely edited there's several typos in the book and pure crap.
It's a money making scheme and a waste of time for any semi-intelligent reader. View all 53 comments. Peeps who don't mind reading ridiculous alien stories. Movie Update I already watched the movie and it was better than the book. The romance was still gushy and mushy but at least the dialogues were a lot better in the movie.
Also the movie was more fast paced and was action-packed at the end of the show. I think the dog was really cute and Number Six was really cool in the movie. Sam was also likable in the film. After watching Alex Pettyfer act on the screen for the first time I got to say he deserve and he's fitted for the Peeta Mellark and Jace W Movie Update I already watched the movie and it was better than the book. After watching Alex Pettyfer act on the screen for the first time I got to say he deserve and he's fitted for the Peeta Mellark and Jace Wayland roles.
Alex P. Loses His Shirt on the Ellen Show http: This looks pretty bad-ass and WTH, why was there a kissing scene? Movie Posters Who's excited for the movie? For the love of Alex Pettyfer, I will watch the movie and will read this book! The post above are my insane thoughts before reading the book, pardon my fan girling obscenities. Book Review below. Pardon the fan girling for the second time , the review will contains lots of it. Story time now! Then I go to YOUTUBE and watch all this fan made videos of the book and I came upon this video wherein they posted their ideal casts for the movie something something something.
And when I see Alex Pettyfer "nalaglag panty ko" translation: Okay I shut up for now, will continue tomorrow. See you later, Alligater! Do you miss me? So as I was saying I love Alex Pettyfer from the moment I saw him I think he's the one I'm going to marry someday Don't mind me it's my alter ego talking again.
My Reaction To That Was: Wait are you disappointed? Pros a. There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will only be in boxers. There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will be on the shower.
There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will be shirtless because his shirt was burned. The book is ridiculous wait I already said that, sorry! In fact this is so ridiculous I need to repeat myself, that's how ridiculous it is.
This is just overrated. The story reminds me of Dragonball Z. The book for most parts is booooorrrrrrriiiing. Bombarded with cliches, it was predictable. I can't really get into the story, the premise was great but after few pages I don't care about the story and the characters. The author was also a character of the book Pittacus Lore whoever you may be, Gimme a break! The romance is mushy!!!
When the plot moves the author uses ridiculous deux-ex-machinas. I lol at this considered that an understatement! Okay the book was OKAY. It wasn't that bad but I really didn't like Alien stories. Fan fiction: What two stars? I don't like alien stories 'kay, I just read it because of you. So aren't we going to watch the movie anymore? The hell! I'm going to still watch it okay, you're there for the love of God! Okay stop being upset, come here.. Jul 12, Ken rated it liked it Shelves: We've been here before.
About a bazillion times. Let's take stock: In fact, your neighbor may be a Lorien the "good guy" planet of concern here and the haberdasher way to blend in! Novel idea, eh? So our protagonist is on his 5,th alias.
It's steady now "John Smith" "John Doe" must have been taken. He is what's called a "Garde" and will get special powers when he hits puberty I got a cheap Timex. These powers are called "Legacies. They go by different names, they borrow shamelessly from Marvel Comics, and they're viral.
Speaking of viral, at pages and at Gate 1 of a projected 6, this book is both too long and too predictable to be extended into a series. Do we blame Harry Potter for this pernicious YA fad?
The conceit, you see, is that Mogadarians can only kill the Lorien-types in order. Conveniently enough, Numbers 1, 2, and 3 have been killed before chapter the first. This means gasp hold on to your seats action from the get-go as John Smith and his protector called "Cepans" here move to a small Ohio town to blend in.
Blending in defined: Draw the attention and ire of a surprise! Get in a fight with Mark and accidentally display your super powers which are supposed to be kept under wraps for fear of attracting Mogadarian attention remember, one of them could be the janitor, the principal, or even the candlestick maker!
That's the sort of goings-on you'll get in this book. You might as well hunt polar bear in the Everglades.
Description and mood? Try finding fine china at Walmart. But oddly, the book will be a big hit with many young readers especially of the "reluctant" variety because it's all about plot. As is often the case with genre reads in YA, I'm torn here. The book's style is choppy and the author's ability to write action scenes filled with inconsistencies and gaps.
It's predictable. It's one-dimensional. But it is what it is, and I know a lot of kids will be snapping it up in my classroom this fall -- and liking it, too. Does that mean they have bad taste? Not at all. It means they like action. It means they like plot. It means they are Pittacus Lore's target audience and I should be sure to get this book in their hands. View all 24 comments. Sep 21, P rated it it was amazing Shelves: John Smith or Number four is my favorite character.
I really loved his wits and the pace of this book, it's insanely fast that I didn't dare to breath when something happened. Pittacus slowly built up tensions through the book, and he abruptly released them at the right time, it worked so well for me I gave 5 stars without hesitation. John runs away all his life, nowhere is safe for him to stay.
But when he meets a girl that he feels something special for her, running is harder to him. That's what the point this book was so interesting for me and I couldn't put it down for hours until I finished it. The twists were well-planned and very heart-wrenching for me. I don't regret that I picked up this book last year and reread it again today, it will be my standard of reading sci-fi novels from now on.
This is an epitome of the books using a simple narrative, yet it could be overly fun. Thai review https: View all 11 comments. Rating Clarification: When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. So when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope. Just wow!! Have I ever loved an alien invasion!?! This book was no pun intended OUT. So there you have it… a solid 4.
Oh who am I kidding!? John and Henri have spent the last 10 years moving from town to town and keeping to themselves. Anonymity is key to their survival, so staying under the radar and on the move might just buy them time, but the inevitable is about to occur. John is what is known as 4. Numbers 1 through 3 have already been found and k! They escaped to Earth when the Mogadorians invaded and destroyed their planet Loric.
Then they were followed and the final annihilation is in progress to destroy the last remaining Loriens. She never had a clue what he was and you can tell how much he wanted to be honest with her and drop his guard in the hopes he could find someone to trust and love.
His feelings were genuine and his consistent actions showed how much he cared. Sarah gives some purpose to our running and hiding, a reason that transcends mere survival. A reason to win. And to know that I may be putting her life in danger by being with her — well, it terrifies me. I loved his snarky moments when, in his own way, he was trying to be honest with Sarah about what he really was, and you can tell how much he wanted to trust her.
I was worried about you. Their final moments at the end of the book were perfectly done. I love. I kept wanting to read more about life on Loric and how similar it was to Earth. The ending was perfect! I know I complain all the time about painful cliffhangers, but this book did it right.
I was exhausted by the end of the book because of the emotions, actions and struggle. It was all very well done and perfectly blended to provide an out-of-this-world experience. You go 4! Who wants 4 gone besides the Mogadorians? What was in the letter? Why did they need to go to Paradise, Ohio? Oct 15, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: I was rather underwhelmed, to be honest. The plot was ok but somehow it only managed to hold my attention for a period of about 10 minutes.
I found myself slapping my forehead more often than is healthy and several times I surprised myself and random people around me by shouting out loud "Oh come on! Alien hides out in small town, alien falls in love with human girl, alien goes to party with human girl, party escalates, house starts burning, alien saves human girl from flames said alien is resistant to fire , alien tells human girl about true identity, human girl has no trouble at all accepting this, alien and human girl lie to police about rescue that should have been impossible, nasty reporter dude gets suspicious of alien and fishy rescue story, chapter ends with reporter dude yelling after alien "I will find the truth!
I always do! And this was just one of the scenes that made me want to bang my head on the table. There were more The characters also felt kind of flat to me. Just nothing at all that could have triggered any kind of emotion on my part.
I think the characters I liked best were Six she really kicked ass and the dog.
I think this might be one of those rare cases where the movie is actually better than the book. View all 25 comments. I removed my review and all the comments.
I was tired sick of people writing me lengthy comments about how I read too much realistic fiction really? Sorry trolls people, but my opinions are my own and I still think this book was lame, badly written, unoriginal and an overall neurons-killer. View all 4 comments. May 13, Kogiopsis rated it did not like it.
Full review still in progress, but here's approximately the first half Okay, I'm never going to finish this thing. Frankly, I don't care.
But I added a list of things I was planning to put into it at the end. EDIT 2: It was decent. A little bit predictable, a little bit too violent at times, but overall pretty good. This tainted my viewing of The Matrix. You see, I Am Number Four is what you get if you took the coolest sequences of The Matrix and the premise of Superman, tossed them in a blender, and added a sprinkling of generic Love Interest Powder to the top.
Why do I say this? Lorien is a cheap imitation of Earth, and its inhabitants are equally cheap imitations of humans. Think about it. The fact that they look enough like us to pass as us without extra technology or spells or whatever should have given it away.
Really, Mr. Or for that matter that all water is blue? And even if the readers were inclined to let that slide, did you really think you get away with giving the Loric people all of these human structures? They have grass! Air shows! They even have the same kind of names! In essence, they are exactly like humans except for the ones with sparkly Sue powers.
Ah, and those powers. That is not how evolution works. It goes like this: New traits come to be through random mutations. Some of them will be beneficial, some simply not detrimental; some will be fatal or sterilizing. Events in the environment lead to one trait being favored over others, but it must already exist within the population.
So there would have to have been Legacies already present among the Loric for them to become prevalent. Okay, change gears here. Planets and stars. Lorien is one tenth the size of Earth, and its star is twice the size of our Sun. All of these should have shaped the kind of life that evolved there. For this I have the manga Planetes to thank, because without it I might not have noticed; but gravity affects the way body shapes develop.
And as for that planet. Smaller than Earth? Still relatively close to the Sun?
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Granted I may be incorrect on this point; biology is more my strong point than astronomy. Parallel evolution. TV shows can get away with it, or they could until technology caught up with them. Even given that the book was optioned for a movie before it was published, this is unacceptable. Humans Lame, Aliens Awesome: I tossed in an ancient race that meddled with both the younger species and made them in their own image.
And he was right, you know? So I backed off and made it work a different way. I wish Pittacus Lore had had to run his ideas by a similar audience. No one language can be similar to all the languages of Earth.
Grammar alone, even if every language had the same sort of pronunciation, would make it impossible; add in the fact that letters are pronounced differently, or that you have tonal languages and languages that use percussive sounds as well- not to mention myriad dialects- and this whole sentence is shown to be complete bullshit.
This is: Usually it results in an exceptional and gifted human. Why not assert that Michelangelo or Van Gogh were half-Loric? Because clearly noooooothing important can go on without alien involvement. Oh, and how did the two species crossbreed? Formerly planned sections: The Hero Is Exempt From Morals… In which I would have discussed John's flagrant abuse of his power, including some incidents of untempered and unregretted harm caused to others who were barely more than bystanders, and that one time he attacked Henri.
Also the fact that he never cared about Henri enough to remember his name until he was dead. Minor Fails In which I would have discussed the anvilicious and obvious attempt at trend-riding environmental 'message' presented in the contrast between the Lorics and the Mogadorians, the absurd plot convenience of Sam just happening to mention the Mogadorians, and the fact that it is impossible to see vegetation moving under wind if the globe you're looking at is the size of a raquetball.
Long story short: Don't waste your time or your money. If you want sci-fi, go read some C. While reading: Forget Alex Pettyfer. Let's see Tom Baker in this part! Before reading: I've got a galley of this sitting on my bookshelf, and I was quite looking forward to it No book should be made into a movie for release the year after publication.
I'm sorry, but that's just wrong.
And now I 'm kinda not looking forward to reading this. I still will, but I'll take my time getting to it. View all 26 comments. You must turn off your brain and ask no questions when reading this book. I failed miserably. For the most part I Am Number Four is an easy read although the language at times struck me as amateurish and clunky. I was hoping for a bit more alieness than just boy-with-powers and shapeshifting animals.
A major one: From what I understand 19 Loriens made it to Earth. The rest are dead. Those 19 have to repopulate Lorien when the time comes.
How would this work? You need many more individuals for a species to prosper. A tad scientific but this is science fiction, emphasis on the science. Why is the book by Pittacus Lore?
Small sidenote: I skimmed. There were moments throughout the book that gripped me. That were exciting. No matter how many abilities these superhero kids develop. In some ways this reminds me of The Lightning Thief with the godlike powers, beasts and the run-for-your-life theme. That was targeted at year olds and I think this should be too.
The movie, released next week, looks spiffy and exciting. ETA Mar 2, The movie changed almost everything I had a problem with in the book. It was also x more entertaining so I encourage you all to see the movie and burn the book! View all 10 comments. They secretly weave among us as they slowly learn how to develop there powers, there Legacies.
The Mogadorians, the ones responsible for destroying there home hunts them by order of there numbers. It started out as a group of nine. Three killed. Six left. They wont stop till all are destroyed.
John Smith aka Number Four is next I Am Number Four is a wicked fantasy fit for any sci-fi junkie. I'm not sure if I'm into alien type books really, but I was very impressed with the concept and the theories that laces through out the story.
It's riveting, masterfully imaginative and creatively inspiring. I may not be use to these kind of books but I was hooked none the less.
It did take me a bit to get use to the writing style since I'm not use to first-person narrative, taking the story to different paces through out the story. Some chapters are fast paced and heart stomping, taking dramatic surrounding with vivid memories and haunting us with striking creatures and characters.
Then there were the more slow moving scenes, to either gather information for the readers to keep up, or to give us a look at life around John and Henri. These chapters were both somewhat harder to get through only because I'm an impatient reader and want to get to the good stuff and also easier since I was already invested in these characters lives and wanted to see how things would play out. One thing is for certain though, each page is lined with an intense urgency that made it more compelling to keep reading to the very end.
I loved John and Henri, they have the greatest bond and I connected with them right away.I failed miserably.
In this one, a girl is kidnapped from an exclusive private school in Switzerland and Gabriel Allon is brought on board to find her. There, John befriends conspiracy theorist Sam Goode and "adopts" a dog identified by its name tag as "Bernie Kosar". Bernie Kosar and Malcolm keep them at bay while Sarah and Sam go to get weapons. John falls off of Five and lands in front of the creature.
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