Book Club: The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore


I have waited for like a year and a half just to get my hands on a copy of this book. I've patiently waited so that I'll be able to purchase this book together with I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies when I attend The 36th Manila International Book Fair. The companion book wasn't available on the event, but at least I finally got a copy of The Fate of Ten.

And the hype is real.

Title: The Fate of Ten
Series: Lorien Legacies Series (I Am Number Four Series)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
My Rating: ★★★★★

Disclaimer: This review is honest, not sponsored and may or may not contain spoilers. Also, the image you see on the left is not mine.


S Y N O P S I S


This is the day we’ve been training for. The day we’ve all feared. We’ve spent years fighting the Mogadorians in secret, never letting the world know the truth about our war. But now all of that has changed.

Their ships have invaded Earth. If we can’t find a way to stop them now, humans could suffer the same fate as our people: annihilation.

I wish I could be with John on the front lines of the battle in New York City, but I am hoping—praying—that the key to our survival lies within the Sanctuary. This is where the Elders always meant for us to go when we came of age. This was their plan for us. There is a power that has been hidden here beneath the earth for generations. A power that could save the world or destroy it. And now we have awoken it.

They killed Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

Number Three in Kenya.

And Number Eight in Florida.

I am Number Six—but our numbers don’t matter anymore.

Because now we are not the only ones with Legacies.


R E V I E W


In case you don't know, the Lorien Legacies series is my favorite book series. It's so devastating, intense and good in all aspects. I can always overlook any disappointing thing I come across in the series and makes me just love it so much. This review may sound biased, if so I'm sorry for praising this too much. Okay, I'll stop fangirling for now.

This was actually supposed to be the final book but I guess they wanted to make the series longer for some reason (more profit, maybe?). I am not complaining though, I want more Loric action and awesomeness. Dear makers, please don't squeeze too much out of the series.

Aesthetics
When they released the cover design online, I was astonished by the color palette used in it. The blue hues give the cool feeling when you look at it. It's "friendlier" than the gray stone cover of The Fall of Five or the green moldy cover of The Revenge of Seven. The design is a combination of modern, technological shapes with some alien vibe unlike the other ones which are more of nature-inspired. I like it.

As usual, they used different typefaces depending on who's telling the story. That's still a cool idea for me since I can easily know whose perspective I'm reading and actually, I think it's more creative than just putting the name of the person telling the story at the beginning of the chapters. (Spoiler) But there's this one time when I got confused about who's talking because the font they used for Ten's chapter was very similar with Four's. 

Story & Plot
The story revolves around our main characters - the remaining Loric, who are still trying to save the Earth from the Mogadorians. Different from the last couple books, The Fate of Ten answers some of the readers' questions about what really happened with Pittacus Lore and Setrakus Ra, and such things as how much power does the Entity have. If you are an avid fan of the Lorien Legacies series, you'll definitely love this one.

New characters have been introduced and the character development of some are kinda weird but in a good way. I really don't wanna spoil more here, so you'll have to read the book to know how much the characters changed. I recommend checking out Adam, Five, Ten, Sam, Sarah, Six and of course, Four. 

The story's settings, specially the time, is one of the things I love about this book. I can't believe that all of those happened for like, less than a week.. maybe two to three days. There's just too much action happening to Four's and Six's sides of the world. I mean, it's not that uncommon and it should be like that since they are in a war but, nice one Pittacus Lore. 

It became hard for me to stop because the pacing is so good even though in every two chapters, the point-of-view changes. I love the way that I just can't get enough of what's happening with everyone and everything. While reading, I didn't get bored so I can definitely say that this has a page-turner pacing. Compared to the books I've read with multiple narrators, this series have been doing a better job on getting the readers psyched and interested. I'd like to share that I've actually finished this for like seven hours, which is pretty amazing for a lazy reader such as me.

For The Reader
The mood of the story is very intense. It is war-centric so it has to be in that extremity. It actually lacks on that part, I mean, come-on, I need more battlefield moments. (Spoiler) I'm also disappointed that the Mogs halted their attack because they were waiting for the government to respond to their deal but hey, more time to plan strategies. Thanks, Mogs! But in Six's team's own adventures, although there were lots of planning and tactics-making, the things happened there were action-packed. 

On a different note, unlike Percy Jackson's way of narrating a story, this book wasn't as humorous as it is. Who can joke at a time like this? (Nine, maybe.) Although the book wasn't that funny, it has the right amount of mood and vibe. So much love.

Loved & Hated Parts
(Here comes a lot of spoilers. Skip this part if you don't want to be spoiled.)

First of all, I love everything. But I will enumerate the scenes that I remembered the most. One is when they planned how to capture Phiri Dun-Ra and retrieve the supplies they need. Their strategy was effective and I actually use that in other games I play (like The Walking Dead: Road To Survival, haha). 

Another is when Daniela appeared in the scene. I didn't like this girl. I have a feeling that she'll be Sarah's rival for Four's love but no, I strongly believe that Four will be in love with Sarah forever and they'll live happily ever after. I don't need another girl wanting to get Four. I've had enough. I'm still shipping Six and Four, but I like Same and Six, too. Harhar. Anyway, I liked Daniela as time passed by though, because she didn't care about Four's war stuff (which is understandable) and Four let her do her thing. But the freakin' ending of The Fate of Ten lost me. (Don't worry, I won't spoil it.)

I also like the chapter when they had this dream-state gathering. I mean, hello flashbacks! I wanted some answers and Lore gave us some, which is good since this is on it way to its end. It's definitely time for some story-telling. 

The last one is when they met GUARD. I haven't read I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies yet, so I guess the story on how Sarah and Mark James met GUARD is on that book. And yes, I don't read the e-books, I wait for the printed one. That being said, I wasn't as excited as I should be because I don't have any idea on how to accept GUARD because there wasn't much background information I know about this new character.


F I N A L  T H O U G H T S


In conclusion, this book and its series are very awesome. Highly recommended! Please do read this if you want a good sci-fi book. It's a shame that the movie won't have a sequel. The cast were good! I'm up for Alex Pettyfer, Diana Agron, Callan McAullife and Teresa Palmer. I'm hoping they would get recreate this world on the small screen, though.

So, I'll wrap this up here. Thank you for reading this book review. I hope you enjoyed and if you have any thoughts, feel free to comment down below. I'm sorry for the lack of updates but I'm hoping to see you around in my next post. Have a nice day.

♥, Lix

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