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I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories (Lorien Legacies (Unnumbered)) Paperback – 23 Jul 2013


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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (23 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062223674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062223678
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2013-10-22 Pages: 416 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US The perfect companion book to The New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series!I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret nothing is a collection of three action - The packed novellas by bestselling author Pittacus The Lore. Originally published as the e-novellas The Search for Sam. The Last Days of Lorien. and The Forgotten Ones. now. for the first time ever. they are together in one print volume.The Search for Sam follows the rogue Mogadorian Adam on his journey of redemption as he finds the key to saving both Sam Goode and his father. Malcolm.The Last Days of Lorien reveals how the fight began with the once-peaceful planet being taken by surprise and attacked.The Forgotten Ones is the riveting continuation of Adams story. in which he uncovers an incredible secret that will turn th...

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Gary Newport on 9 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this as a package deal since I was buying my wife two books at the time and got 1 free. I chose this based upon nothing more than there wasn't anything else that caught my eye in those few minutes of looking.

I read the blurb when I actually decided to start reading this and my heart sank; alien invasion, people with superpowers and a storyline that seemed to be an inverse model of The Invaders - with either an impossible ending or a never ending set of 'oh they nearly got us' scenarios.

Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised.

Okay, this is not the strongest of stories and it certainly is not unique. The plot is on the whole obvious and there is the constant feeling that to believe the remaining few Loriens can defeat an entire race of beings that have already trounced their planet is a step too far. There are times when you want the 'hero' to actually do something (a little Harry Potter in that he seems to be 'lucky' rather than clever or skillful).

Given all of that, surely I have rated this too high!?

Yet, I read this quickly and found myself wanting to continue on. I found myself enjoying this 'teen' book despite the predictability and annoying 'oh, no the hero has fallen over again!' situations.

I found the writing style consistent throughout, the obvious elements satisfying and the flow set to a good rate.

I gave this four (hey, it's like the title told me to do this) because it is a good read and it allows you to escape the normal run of things. It is chewing gum for the mind and helps you relax whilst keeping you engaged. I like the characters and I accepted the basic concepts. A good book in all and worth a read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Manning on 10 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
Once there were nine, sent to keep their race alive, kept divided for their safety. Now three are dead, and the rest will have to fight for their survival. Number Four is John Smith. He's just had to flee Florida with his guardian Henri for fear of discovery, and now with their new identities they have settled in Paradise, Ohio. Simple rules have kept John alive - never stand out, never get noticed, never reveal who you are and always be ready to leave. But now those rules are getting harder and harder to keep, and John is putting himself at risk...

This was one of those books I kept hearing about but put off reading as more than a couple of people had described it as Twilight from the guy's perspective. After seeing the previews for the upcoming movie, my curiosity was piqued enough that I grabbed a copy from my local library. I really enjoyed this and, while I understand the comparisons with Twilight, found it to be unique among most of the current young adult offerings.

I found the plot to be reminiscent of Roswell and Dark Angel, but different enough to be interesting. The blurb really caught my attention, and although I was a little nervous about it being written in first person the storyline sucked me in to the point that I barely noticed the writing style which would usually irritate me. The book has a really lyrical, descriptive quality to it and I think it will make an incredible movie.

I liked John as a main character and he is well developed.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Sep 2010
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I am Number Four". This introduction on the cover really piqued my interest, and was a major factor in my choosing this book. It even offset the dislike I have for "narrator names" instead of giving the true authors. Four is a teenager who has had to leave every place he has ever lived because he is being hunted by aliens who are out to kill him. He's not being paranoid, for he is an alien too and he's next on the evil aliens' hit list.

With his adoptive father and mentor, John Smith (as he calls himself this time around, and he may as well wear an "I am here" tee-shirt) settles down yet again, in yet another small town. But this time things are different. He is finally developing the superpowers his people are known for. He falls in love. He befriends a geeky conspiracy theorist kid. He adopts an odd stray dog. He gets on the wrong side of the school bully, who just happens to be the school's star player, principal's pet and ex-boyfriend of his new girlfriend. That's right, John Smith has moved to Clichetown USA.

I may sound like I'm being sarcastic, but despite having one dimensional baddies and a story that for the most part goes exactly where you know it will, this is actually a very enjoyable book. Don't look at me like that - I don't know why something so predictable and derivative kept me turning the pages, but there you have it. It's written with such enthusiasm and aplomb that none of the above actually mattered to me. Would I read the sequel though? No.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 25 Sep 2013
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These stories fill in the bits between the novels. The stories introduce new new characters Adam and Malcolm. Don't want to give too much away but if you're a fan of the main book these stories are a definite must read
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