Pittacus Lore first introduced the world to the Lorien legacies in I AM NUMBER FOUR, and the battle to save the world began. Number four and number six decided to work together and fight back against the evil Mogadorians, the alien race who threaten to take over the earth. Now, as the remaining Loriens attempt to find each other and provide a united front, the pieces to their mysterious existence and presence on earth are slowly falling into place. A few questions remain, however, and THE LOST FILES: THE LEGACIES tells the missing stories of six, nine, and those who have already perished.
If you recall, six ultimately decided to seek out number four to help fight back, but that decision wasn't arrived at hastily. Instead, six's legacy reveals hardship and despair. After years on the run, six and her cepan (or guardian) Katrina are captured by the Mogadorians. Not knowing what number six is in the order, the Mogadorians are susceptible to the Lorien charm that protects each number from being killed out of turn. Attempts to hurt six backfire, so they decide to torture and kill Katrina instead. Confronted with heartbreak and despair, six is driven by the only thing left --- vengeance.
Unlike other Loriens who are constantly on the run, number nine and his cepan decide to hide in plain sight and for an extended period of time. While this provided some stability as nine waited for his legacies to develop, it also provided some frustration. This becomes increasingly apparent when nine starts becoming friendly with a local girl. The chance at a normal life, though, is soon swept aside after the Mogadorians attack. As nine is the last of the numbers, the Mogadorians can do nothing else but lock him away. That, however, won't stop him.
Finally, the book tells the stories of the first three fallen Loriens, but not from their point of view. Instead, readers get insight into the motivation of the Mogadorians as one of their up-and-coming fighters tells his story of meeting the first three. While there is a lot of violence, hatred and destruction of the Loriens, it's not what you would expect. The fallen legacies stories just might shed light on what's really at stake in this mysterious and underground war currently being waged on behalf of humanity.
THE LOST FILES: THE LEGACIES comes along at just the right time. Pittacus Lore has already shared two amazing books of survival and battle, and these three short stories fill in the missing gaps and answer some of your origin questions. It's easy to see why the Loriens are driven to protect the earth as all of them have already suffered heartbreak and loss at the hands of the Mogadorians. While you may get caught up on the history of the Loriens, Pittacus Lore also shows that the war is far from over. After reading the lost files, you'll realize that it's more important than ever that the Loriens succeed.
Reviewed by Benjamin Boche