The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The fourth book in the Lorien Legacies series describes the events after the Garde’s unsuccessful battle with Setrákus Ra and follows their story as they regroup and try to form a coherent plan. Sam spent forever dreaming up rescue missions by the Garde and resisting Setrákus Ra’s torture sessions until he is finally rescued by two unexpected allies. John spent forever stuck, with no plans until the final member of the Garde, Five, sends a signal to them and the race begins to find Five before the Mogadorians do. Meanwhile, Ella has been having terrible nightmares and eventually ends up hurting John. The Garde try to catch up with each other and train together before the Mogadorians attack but when several people cause trouble from the inside out, the Mogadorians attack. Pittacus Lore has managed to keep the story going and provide some interesting new twists, but the constant switching of perspective can be disorienting, especially because there is usually no indication as to whose perspective we are viewing from. I would recommend this book only if you enjoyed I am Number Four. – Catherine H. ‘17
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What a relief — the fourth book of the I Am Number Four series has finally cleaned up some of the messy holes in the plot that plagued all three of the earlier books. The Mogadorians (one of two words in the series synonymous with \”evil\”; the other is \”government\”) have, up to this point, seemed more like punching bags for the protagonists than an actual threat to the planet, but The Fall of Five gives a few brief explanations of their motives, their appearances, their inner workings… Now, whenever John tosses some fireballs or Nine blasts some bullets into an army of evil aliens, at the very least I can picture them as more than faceless blobs. Catherine is right that the story's shifting narration can be disorienting, sometimes limiting the development of the viewpoint characters, but overall I feel that this installment is a huge improvement over the rest of the series.