Book covers of the first three books
|Author||Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes)|
|Genre||Young adult, science fiction fantasy|
|Media type||print (hardcover and paperback)|
I Am Number Four (released 2010) is the first book in the series, followed by The Power of Six (2011), The Rise of Nine (released in August 2012), and The Fall of Five (released August 2013) as the first four books in the series, of a proposed seven. The books are published by HarperCollins.
- 1 The Lorien Legacies Series
- 1.1 Main Books of the Lorien Legacies Series
- 1.2 The Lost Files: Supplemental Books
- 1.2.1 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy
- 1.2.2 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Nine's Legacy
- 1.2.3 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Fallen Legacies
- 1.2.4 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies
- 1.2.5 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
- 1.2.6 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Last Days of Lorien
- 1.2.7 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Forgotten Ones
- 1.2.8 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories
- 1.2.9 I Am Number Four: Eight's Origin
- 1.2.10 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Five's Legacy
- 2 Critical reception
- 3 Film adaptation
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The Lorien Legacies Series
Main Books of the Lorien Legacies Series
I Am Number Four
This follows the story of John Smith, a 15-year old from the planet Lorien, and Henri, his Cêpan (protector), as they run from the Mogadorians, another alien race that is hunting John and eight other teenage Lorics residing on the planet Earth. These nine teens are members of the Garde, a group of Loric people gifted with special powers called "Legacies". Cêpans, who are also Loric, do not acquire legacies and most often become protectors and mentors for young members of the Garde. The teenagers are protected by a spell or charm that only allows them to be killed in numeric order which works only when they stay apart. The first three have been killed, and John is Number Four. After a mishap in Florida, John and Henri move to Paradise, Ohio. While here, John falls for Sarah Hart, makes enemies with Mark James (the conflict is later resolved), becomes best friends with Sam Goode and finds and keeps a dog which he named Bernie Kosar. Eventually, Sam finds out John's secret but keeps it and is supportive of him. Sarah also finds out about John when he saves her from a fire in Mark's house, leaping out a two story window and surviving. Near the end of the book, the Mogadorians find John and a battle happens at Paradise High School. Number Six finds John before the battle starts and she along with John, Sarah, Sam, Henri, Bernie Kosar (who turns out to be a Loric Chimæra who can change forms) and Mark fight against the Mogadorians. The Mogadorians lose the battle but Henri dies and Bernie Kosar gets badly hurt. Because the school is now destroyed and there are some dead bodies around town, the blame goes to John and Henri who are now suspected terrorists. John was forced to leave his girlfriend Sarah because of the danger. John, Sam, Six and Bernie Kosar (their dog) then go in search of the rest of the Garde so they can unite and defeat the Mogadorians before they take over Earth.
The Power Of Six
The story is told by two members of the Garde: Number Four (John Smith), who is on the run with Sam, Six, and Bernie Kosar (aka Hadley, a Lorien Chimæra who belonged to Four's grandfather), and Number Seven (Marina), who's hiding at Santa Teresa, a convent in Spain. While John, Number Six and Sam try to stay ahead of the Mogadorians while searching for the other surviving Loric, Number Seven searches for news of John after his heroic battle at the school that came at the end of I Am Number Four.
The story starts out showing what life is like for Marina, and also how John, Six, Sam, and Bernie Kosar struggle to evade police searching for them. Marina starts to suspect the Mogadorians have discovered her, but believes the charm is what keeps them from attacking here. She keeps seeing the same Mogadorian watching her in various circumstances. A new 7-year-old girl named Ella comes to the orphanage and Marina befriends her.
Elsewhere, John, Six, BK, and Sam escape police and are hiding again. John finally decides to open his Chest and he and the others examine its contents. John and Six are unfamiliar with almost all of the Chest's contents. When they open the Chest, it somehow notifies the Mogadorians of their location. Later that night, they attack the house. Six, John, Sam and BK all manage to make it out. Later John reads Henri's letter and finds out the Mogadorians have captured Sam's father. Sam remembers his father telling him of a secret Loric base in his backyard. They set off to find it. Meanwhile, Marina tries to convince her Cepan Adelina to open the Chest for her and take responsibility of her role to Marina with no avail. Ella finds the hidden Chest and while Marina and Ella go to retrieve it, four girls from the convent confront Marina. Marina fights them but Ella ends up breaking her arm. Marina discovers her healing legacy when she repairs Ella's arm. Later, Marina drugs Adelina and opens her Chest.
Elsewhere, Six, John, Sam and BK make it to Sam's house, where they discover the well and discover his father's information base. The Mogadorians arrive and create trouble.Six and BK are left fighting them while John and Sam find Sarah. John meets Sarah where he notices she is acting suspicious. The FBI appears and arrests John, putting him and Sam in a prison near Washington DC. They originally suspect Sarah, however in book 3 her name is cleared. Also, Marina activates a communication device in her Chest and since the Mogadorians have hacked Six's, they now know where she is. Six, John, Sam and BK are looking at John's solar system model when they see the Marina's tracking device and hear her voice before the connection is dropped. In the prison, John is questioned and soon the Mogadorians arrive. Six is there and helps them escape, though very angry they left her during the battle at Sam's. The Mogadorians have stolen John's Chest. John, Six, and Sam all make it out of the prison without being attacked by the Mogadorians and form a plan. Six is going to Spain to help Marina, who she now understands is a member of the Garde, and Sam and BK and John are going to the Mogadorian's base in a hollowed out mountain near West Virginia.
Meanwhile, the Mogadorians catch up with Marina and Adelina as they try to escape. Adelina is murdered while trying to help Marina. The Mogadorian Marina has seen previously saves her life and explains he is not a Mogadorian but a Cepan of the tenth member of the Garde, who is Ella. He explains Ella took the second ship when the last elder, Loridas, sacrificed himself. The Cepan, named Crayton, Ella, who is actually eleven and can go between ages, using Loridas' aternus ability, Hector, a friend of Marina, and Marina try to escape to the lake where Crayton has a Loric Chimaera waiting to help them. Six arrives on the scene and helps Crayton, Ella, Marina and Hector fight. Hector is killed by a Mogadorian beast. They win the battle. Six makes plans with the others to find the other Garde and the rest of the Chimaeras with Marina, Crayton and Ella. Crayton says "This isn't the end. You are getting way too strong, winning too many battles for them to let up now. The ruler, Setrukus Ra, will be here soon."
Elsewhere, Sam and John use Xitheris, a Loric stone that transfers Six's legacies to them temporarily to sneak into the mountain and grab John's Chest, and another that was there. They run out of invisibility and soon the Mogadorians are fighting them. They open the prisons in the mountain base and free Nine, who helps them fight their way out, using the other Chest, which is his, to their aid. Sam gets caught and they escape without him, discovering he is captured too late. John is too injured to go back for him. Nine attempts to go back in with John, but John is wounded by the force field around the mountain. Setrakus Ra arrives and Nine is about to attack him when Ra hides in the base, Nine and BK unable to reach him. Nine and John and BK head north, with nowhere to go since the address for meeting Six was lost in Sam's pocket.
Lorics have special powers that vary with age, number and power called Legacies. John Smith's first Legacy was Lumen, which made his palms glow like a flashlight when he was in school in Ohio. A Legacy that comes with Lumen is being able to be resistant to fire and to be able to control fire. Six, in "The Power of Six," which was the second book, has the ability to control, or have influence over, the elements and weather. She has also the power to become invisible. We know that Marina of the Seas could breathe under water; which is fitting, considering her name. She also has the ability to heal with her palms. There are also other Legacies like being able to talk to animals -which both Four and Nine have- the ability to see in the dark -which Marina has- and others that have not been mentioned. Nine who was found close to the end of the book has antigravity which makes him able to walk on walls. He also has the power to transfer his Legacies to humans and like Four has the ability to talk to animals which came in handy when Nine escapes with BK. 
The Rise Of Nine
The Rise of Nine is told from the first-person perspectives of Number Four (John Smith), Number Six (Maren Elizabeth), and Number Seven (Marina of the Sea). The story follows the characters as they continue attempting to evade their destruction.
Throughout the third installment of the Lorien Legacies, the current known members of the Garde are shown to be scattered around the world and placed in various locations. The current known members being Four, Six, Seven, Nine, and Ten, they all venture out trying to obtain certain clearance based on each of their missions.
The Power of Six ended with Sam being held captive within the Mogadorian base in West Virginia and John and Nine having no way to get to him. After that, they travelled around the place trying to sort out how to get Sam out of the cave. This, however, was only Four's intentions. He was constantly thinking and worrying about Sam and Sarah's well-being, his human friends who are already at the hands of the Mogadorians. The longer Four spent with Nine, the more he realised that he and Nine are completely opposite people. Four has a soft-spot when it comes to his friends and the rest of the Garde, and constantly wanting to prevent injuries and wasted time. Nine, however, has a knack for running into things quickly without thinking them through. He has an arrogant nature but also a bit of big-brotherly love, which is what Four uncovers later on in the book, even after they have a fight on top of the John Hancock Center.
Meanwhile, Six, Seven, Ten, and Crayton flew on a plane at the beginning of the book, their destination being India, where rumors had spread about a resurrected god living in the Himalayas. Once they arrived in New Delhi, they were surrounded by armored vehicles with the number 8 painted on it. After agreeing to go with the unknown army, the four Loric were taken near the Himalayan mountains, but ended up being pursued and shot at by a group of elite people known as the Lord's Resistance. This group was sponsored by various wealthy and well-connected benefactors with guns, helicopters, and various armors that allowed them to attempt to kill the "resurrected god". During the first battle against the group, Marina's chest was open. In America, Four and Nine use the tablet that Four obtained in The Power of Six in Sam's dad's well and discover it shows all of the Garde's positions.
After a lengthy battle in the mountains against the Lord's Resistance, the four Loric were taken to the "resurrected god" by Commander Sharma where they were each tested to see if they were worthy to meet the god, which was later revealed to actually be Number Eight, a member of the Garde that had been hiding in the mountains for years. After obtaining his chest thanks to Marina, Eight took the others, excluding the Commander, to an underground cave that acted as a teleporter, which is one of Eight's Legacies. The Mogadorians arrived, Crayton was killed and the remaining four were forced to leave by teleporting. Six was teleported to New Mexico while the other three appeared just off the coast of Somalia.
Meanwhile, after their fight atop the John Hancock Center, Four and Nine ended up agreeing to go to New Mexico, based on them sharing the same vision while they were asleep; the vision was both of them fighting together against Setrákus Ra they fell from a few black tunnels where they heard a voice whispering New Mexico.
Six was teleported to New Mexico where she ended up in a desert. She walked for a while and ended up by an American military base. She was on the verge of death when her and Ella – aka number ten – talked telepathically. After Six was convinced it was a mirage, helicopters flew around her and rescued her. They made her talk by drugging her. She was thrown in a cell with Sarah. After six talked with Sarah for a bit, Sarah ended up being Setrákus Ra. Setrákus Ra is able to change his form. She tried to defeat Ra but failed. Six is injured and thrown into a cell with the real Sarah. Sarah has been beaten so she would talk about what she knew about John. She said she had Sam thrown in her cell for a short time but that's it.
Meanwhile, Marina, Eight and Ella teleported to Stonehenge, where they were confronted by guards. Ella distracted the guards by reducing her age until she was six years old, which is one of her Legacies. After getting rid of the guards they were successfully teleported to New Mexico by Eight, where they traveled towards the mountains that Six mentioned telepathically to Ella earlier on.
Six was held captive within the Mogadorian base in New Mexico. She was offered to fight Ra and accepted. After a short battle, Six was defeated by Setrakus Ra after he disabled her Legacies. He then paralysed her, covered her in granite, and suspended her from the ceiling of the cavern. In the meantime, the other five known Garde members (John, Marina, Eight, Nine, and Ella) met up and entered the Mogadorian base. John found Sarah held captive within the base and took her with them into the cavern where Six was trapped. During an ensuing battle, Six was rescued, as Four obtained a new Legacy of healing, Eight was almost killed and every Mogadorian including Setrakus Ra disappeared. The book ends with every Garde member being together escaping the base, excluding Number Five, and Six vowing that Setrakus Ra will not get away from them the next time.
The Fall of Five
The Fall of Five, the 4th book of The Lorien Legacies, was released on August 27, 2013. Once again told in the first person perspective, it moves between John (Number Four), Marina (Number Seven) and Sam Goode. The novel opens with Sam's rescue from the Mogadorians by Sam's father, Malcolm Goode, and Adam, a good Mog. Although Sam was also being kept at the base in New Mexico, his escape went unnoticed by the Garde, who return to Nine's penthouse apartment in Chicago.
Although initially at a loss as to how to proceed, a message left by the still-missing Number Five gives them direction, so Six, Sarah and Four head to Arkansas where Five is waiting to meet them. On arrival they find Five, but are attacked by the Mogadorians. Although they win the initial battle, things do not go well for them until Four is rescued by Malcolm and Sam. With Sam, Sarah, John and Six reunited, and accompanied by Malcolm and Five, they return to the penthouse to meet up with Marina, Eight, Nine and Ella.
While preparing to take Five to collect his chest, Ella and Four fall into a coma. Sarah, Sam and Malcolm remain to watch over them, while Five, Six, Marina, Eight and Nine travel to the Florida Everglades. There they are attacked by Five, who reveals that he has joined with the Mogadorians, and in the resulting battle Eight is killed. This wakes Four, just in time to fight against the Mogadorians who had invaded the penthouse while the rest of the Garde were away. With Malcolm wounded, Four must decide between saving Ella, who has been captured by the Mogs, or saving Malcolm. He saves Malcolm, and Sam, Malcolm and Sarah head to the basement to prepare a vehicle, while Four tries to find Bernie Kosar. On the way he encounters Adam, who has been missing since Sam's rescue, and the two agree to work together.
Hidden Text Speculation
Three chapters of The Fall of Five were released on July 23, 2013 to coincide with the release of The Forgotten Ones. In the PDF file, there were sentences from I Am Number Four and disassociated words in Hidden text, leading to speculation about possible hidden messages.
The Lost Files: Supplemental Books
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy was released on July 26, 2011. 
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Nine's Legacy
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Nine's Legacy was released on February 28, 2012. 
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Fallen Legacies
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Fallen Legacies was released on July 24, 2012. 
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies, was released on July 24, 2012. It is a paperback edition of the three previously released Lost Files novellas—Six’s Legacy, Nine’s Legacy, and The Fallen Legacies. Originally published as individual e-books, this was the first time they were available in print. All the included stories can be found under these names: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy, --- I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Nine's Legacy, --- I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Fallen Legacies. 
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam, was released on December 26, 2012. 
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Last Days of Lorien
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Last Days of Lorien was released on April 9, 2013. Harpercollins describes it as a "stunning prequel novella to the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series" . It is set on Lorien before it was attacked by the Mogadorians, and is told from the perspective of Sandor (Nine's Cêpan). 
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Forgotten Ones
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Forgotten Ones was released on July 23, 2013. 
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories was released on July 23, 2013. I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories refers to the second compilation of Lost Files in a paperback book. I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories is a collection of three novellas. Originally published as e-novellas, they are now together in one print volume.
The entire book contains three separate stories: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam --- I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Last Days of Lorien --- I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Forgotten Ones 
I Am Number Four: Eight's Origin
A look into Number Eight's past is shown here. Not actually a book, but 11 pages of backstory into Number Eight's past, and where he was before he met the other Numbers.
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Five's Legacy
There has been confirmation about a seventh Lost Files book, initially thought to be released on December 23, 2013 but will now be made available as an E-Book on February 11, 2014. It will be called "Five's Legacy" and such will revolve around the origins of Number Five including the short amount of time he spent with his Cepan, Albert and his eventual capture by Mogadorians. 
Reception to the series has been mostly positive. The first two books in the series have both achieved New York Times Bestseller status, with I Am Number Four spending seven weeks in the Children's Section at #1.
In 2009 DreamWorks Pictures bought the rights to I Am Number Four and released the movie on February 18, 2011. The movie was the first DreamWorks film to be distributed by Disney's Touchstone Pictures and received generally negative reviews from critics, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes giving a score of 32% based on 156 reviews. The movie had a world-wide gross of $145,982,798 and a budget of $50 million, but still fell short of expectations.
Plans for any future installments for the series have been shelved. Director D. J. Caruso confirmed that he would like to direct a sequel, but in an interview with MTV Hollywood Crush Lore has stated that any questions or requests for a sequel should be directed to producer Michael Bay.
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