Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore

Going back to a more mainstream book, the Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore follows a guy named John who is number four (if it isn’t obvious from the title). The books in the series are I Am Number Four, the Power of Six, and the Rise of Nine. The next book, to be released later this year, will be named the Fall of Five. The first book of the series, I am Number Four was made into a movie a couple years ago. Click the link for the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5djHG3hPu0

To be more specific, John was born on a planet called Lorien, but his planet was attacked by another race of aliens called mogadorians. Escaping their planet with their lives, John and eight other kids were part of the Garde, gifted with legacies (abilities) and were destined to one day rebuild their world. Each child also was a given a cepan (protector) to protect and train their garde member. Along with that, a spell was cast on the nine garde kids, making them impossible to kill out of order unless they join forces. As the mogadorians come to earth to hunt them down, the first three are killed. John is fourth and is the next target. When John moves to Paradise, Ohio to stay under the radar, he finds a best friend named Sam, a girlfriend named Sarah, an enemy named Mark, and a dog named Bernie Kosar. Eventually though, trouble comes to Paradise, and an all out war breaks loose.

The next two books involve John evading the mogadorians and the authorities that think he’s a terrorist. More members of the Garde are introduced and have adventures and dangers of their own.

One of the best things about the Lorien Legacies series is the action scenes. There are gun fights, sword fights, giant monsters, and people using their abilities to survive. It’s the aspect of science fiction that I truly love. Also, the mystery aspect of the book keeps the reader wondering. Pittacus Lore does an excellent job of keeping some information secret from the readers until the right moment. Lastly, all the characters, especially the members of the Garde, all have unique personalities which clash but get them to work together when necessary.

Anyone who likes the Lorien Legacies series would like the Maximum Ride series and the Gone series (in a previous post).

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