By: Cynthia A.
By: Pittacus Lore
Published: July 23, 2013
Series: Lorein Legacies
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories, Action/Adventure
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories is a collection of three action-packed novellas that share stories the Mogadorians don’t want you to know about the inner workings of their regime as well as how they engineered the attack on Lorien. Originally published as e-novellas, now, for the first time ever, they are together in one print volume. You already know the truth about the Garde and the Mogadorian invasion, yet there is still so much to learn. The stories in Secret Histories will help you get the answers you seek, but they will not help you stop the coming war. Only the Garde can save our planet.
Another amazing set of novella’s in the universe of I Am Number Four. Pittacus Lore has brought forth three new stories into this new world with magnificent characters and beautiful writing.
The first eNovella in this compilation is The Search for Sam. The story takes place just before the events of The Fall of Five and pick up right after the eNovella The Fallen Legacies where Adam, left with One’s consciousness within him, set out to save numbers Two and Three only to be left for dead by his father and best friend. The events pick up with him heading home fearing the worst finally discovering the use of his legacy, a gift from One. This story tells us how he met Malcolm Goode and how they come to rescue Sam. But it’s so much more than that. Abandoned by his people, left for dead by those he once loved, now only left with Sam’s father who turns into his Cepan, this story gives his character more strength, the strength to find out who he is in this world that surrounds him. It also serves to attach the reader to his character, making him real with those doubts that everyone faces, but also showing us that even when things are dire, we all have the strength to pull off whatever matters to us.
The next story in the series revolves around Nine’s Cepan Sandor in The Last Days of Lorein, a truly heartbreaking story with beautiful detail to the world of Lorien. The best part of this story is the fact that it takes you away from the circle of Four, also known as John, away from circling the story around him and brings it to Nine’s circle, showing us how alike he was to his Cepan Sandor. As a whole the story was heartbreaking, yet comical because Sandor was this character completely different than a he was in Nine’s Legacy. Nevertheless, the story was captivating and heartbreaking to the very last. As fans we already know the story, but to actually see the destruction and the last days of Lorien from the eyes of someone who loved his planet, it leaves your heart aching. This was a beautifully detailed story that was able to capture every gripping moment, allowed us to see everything with such clarity. By far one of the best eNovella’s in the Lorien Series and gives more depth to Nine’s anger as we see the beginning of the bond.
And finally, the last story is The Forgotten Ones. This story is the continuation of The Search for Sam. Now considering there are three stories that flow effortlessly about Adam, it should have been its own book. Be that as it may, this is the outcome and the story just continues to make Adam one of the most wonderful characters in the Lorien Universe. He is captivating, amazing and has such depths of strength that he is trying to figure out himself. Then there is the introduction of Rex, a Mogadorian like himself who helps him again and again despite the fact that he is traitor. He believes in his cause, in the Mogadorian cause but grows to understand that Adam believes in the Lorien cause and will help him. There is a consciousness there, a strong belief that one cannot let go so easily of their teachings, but that does not hinder one’s awakening of what is right and wrong. It was amazing how both of these characters transformed and interacted with one another. Over all, another amazing story about Adam, action packed, fun and highlights the difficulties an outcast faces and the moral dilemmas of war. ★★★★☆ (A)