Book Club: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies by Pittacus Lore


Hello, I present to you today another I Am Number Four book review. This is going to be a long wordy post because there are three subparts. I was planning on making separate posts but nah, I think that this is better.

Onward to the review!

Title: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies
Series: The Lorien Legacies
Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publication: July 28, 2015 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Pages: 403
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My Rating: ★★★★★

Disclaimer: This review is honest, not sponsored and may or may not contain spoilers. Also, the book covers you see in this post are not mine.


S Y N O P S I S


I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Rebel Allies is a collection of three thrilling stories by Pittacus Lore. Originally published as the e-novellas The Fugitive, The Navigator, and The Guard, now, for the first time ever, they are together in one print volume.

The Fugitive follows Mark James as he tries to track down Sarah Hart, evade the Mogadorians and the FBI, and discover the identity of the mysterious blogger he knows only as GUARD.

The Navigator reveals the truth about the crew of the two Loric spaceships who escaped to Earth and shows what happened to the pilots after they arrived and parted ways with the Garde.

The Guard tells the story of the hacker who has been aiding the Lorien survivors from the shadows for years. She's determined to defeat the Mogs—and she just found her secret weapon.

You know the truth about the Mogadorians' invasion of Earth and the Garde who will do anything to defeat them—yet there is still so much to learn. The stories in Rebel Allies 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. But they are not alone.


R E V I E W


I should have read this before The Fate of Ten. I really regret this but it's okay. I'll just re-read TFOT to be able to fully appreciate Lexa's character. But to be honest, I'm glad that I've finally read this one after a long time of hunting a copy from various bookstores. It's really hard to find a copy of this book after it was first released here in the Philippines. I've actually got my copy from a small franchise near our house. The store wasn't inside a mall and I found the book buried under some romance YA novels.

Anyway, this book was really good. I took some time to read, not the usual less-than-24-hour-record for the rest of the Lorien Legacies book I've read and I'm happy that I did my reading that way. I was able to digest what really happened and had time to make reviews. Although I didn't know that Lexa was badass and Mark James can be useful and can actually be action-y when facing evil aliens, I'm glad that I know that now. I love this series so much and I can't wait for more!

To see more detailed review of each of the three novellas, continue reading, I'll paste the reviews I made for The Fugitive, The Navigator and The Guard below.

The Fugitive
Oh Mark James, you are a cute one.

I actually never liked Mark James in the first books. He's that "dumb high school jock" that bullies kids or that famous guy that girls typically like. I hate that kind of guys. But after the whole incident in Paradise High School, he matured. And that's the character development I wanted. Also, he gets to be one of the huge conspiracy theorists (which is super interesting to me) which means, he has this goal to make actions for the greater good.

Actually, at first I'm skeptical about reading from his point of view but I liked it as time pass by. Truth be told, the choice of words the author used in this story aren't that deep. It's like I was just reading a random blog entry of some guy off the internet and I took it as one of the charms Mark James' perspective.

But still, Pittacus Lore never fails to amaze me. Even with these short stories, there were lots of action sequences and it's keeping me excited to read more. And I get to read and to know what's happening from the other characters' side of the story. It's a bummer that I didn't read this before The Fate of Ten but it's okay, you'll just get more curious on how people met. It's not a big issue whether you were able to read the companion books. That's why I love the whole Lorien Legacies series.

The Navigator
My initial thoughts are: "Oh no, is this from the time when the Mogs attacked Lorien? 'Cause if it is, I don't think that my heart is ready for this."

I was right.

Those times were so heart-breaking for me. When I read The Last Days of Lorien, I can imagine how terrible it was. People screaming, running, and dying. There's so much destruction that you can feel that the world is crumbling onto you, literally. Until today, when I remember the day Lorien got attacked, I feel so emotional about it. I can't believe that I've just read another story about the last days of Lorien told from a different perspective.

I'm glad that this was less devastating. Maybe because Lexa, the protagonist, hated the way things happen in Lorien so there weren't really intense feelings about escaping her home planet. Because of that, I find her past self as one of those people who rebel just because they've lost something or someone special to them. Those characters are interesting only on how their character develops as the story goes on. To be honest, I felt more sympathetic towards her other companions, specially Crayton. But she did come to her senses by the end of the story. Too bad it was too late, though.

Anyway, it's really obvious that this collection revolves around Lexa as a character and how much she's done in the past in order to protect the Loric-in-hiding. It's a shame that I wasn't able to fully appreciate her appearance in The Fate of Ten since I've read that book months before I've read this. (This wasn't available in most of the bookstores. I just got lucky when I glanced at some random book rack in a small book store near our house and found a copy buried under romance novels.) I thought of her as this new ordinary character, who met up with Mark James and supposed to be GUARD. That's it, nothing special other than being Loric. I should've known that she's a badass computer hacker who knows how to handle some action in her life. And when she met Ella in TFOT, I should have been happier because you know, they've reunited! I think I'll reread it again soon.

The Guard
At first I'm just curious about what happened to her within those years of being a shadow from the world, helping the Garde through the internet. But then I got somehow bored because there's so much technology language going on. I appreciate the tone though, because it's too different from Mark James' perspective and I really liked that the author spared us the time to go through the details of the crossover from Mark James' to Lexa's.

Also, as usual, I'm still confused about the things that really happened with Pittacus Lore. The corpse in Malcolm Goode's bunker, is it really Pittacus'? I'm still not believing it but I guess that's that. And I still have lots of questions about the little details, like how did she land the ship on the hangar without people noticing it? And I remember the Mogs being able to chat with the people from They Walk Among Us/Alien Anonymous. I can't remember what happened after that and that made me confused about who's who. Better leave it at that.

I have my regrets though. I really should have read this before The Fate of Ten. I mean really. It would have made me appreciate Lexa's character better and I should have been very happy with the reunions and stuff but back then I was just like, "Aw ok. I bet that's in Rebel Allies." I was clueless.

It's okay though. This story is good in its own way. I'm glad that there have been encounters with some of the good and bad characters, just not the main ones. I liked that idea. She's been in the background, helping in her own way. And I'm glad that they have their own team of rebel allies.

F I N A L  T H O U G H T S


Five stars for this obviously. I really liked it, but still, the main books are really the bomb. These novellas really help fuel the intensity of the plot and lots of answers are being given in the novellas. I'm also glad that we're getting new stories from the perspectives of minor characters, which aren't far from what the main characters are doing and experiencing. I love stories that connects to each other. Unexplained mysteries keeps on increasing but I'm really happy with what the authors are feeding us. Its the charm of the series, to make the readers question things, but not to the extent that its annoying. We're all curious and we all want to read more.

I'm excited for United As One and I'm a bit sad that that's the last book. Oh well, it's inevitable. I hope they'll make a television series for this, though. Forget the film, I think small-screen suits this best. Fingers crossed on that one! Sooner or later, they will. They must! Someone must!

Now that I've finished this book, I'm thinking of reading The Sword of Summer next. I'm still not sure, though. I might finish some TV series on my list, watch an anime or read some manga. It depends. But I'll post more book reviews soon! Thank you for reading, I hope I'll see you around next time. Have a nice day. 

♥, Lix

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