Literature: Lorien Legacies
A vision... the next book will be called The Victory of Ten!
Kick-started with the relatively successful I Am Number Four
, author James Frey (with ghostwriter Jobie Hughes under the pseudonym 'Pittacus Lore', who's also a character
) kept it no secret that the whole franchise
was designed to
latch onto the success
and Harry Potter
The film rights to the first novel were bought up a year before it was published, so it clearly worked.
While the film series has been shelved due to relatively-poor performance at the box office (The Power of Six
had been planned for release on May 26th 2016), the novel series has continued, and is planned to extend as far as six books. The series consists of the following novels thus far:
- I Am Number Four (2010)
- The Power of Six (2011)
- The Rise of Nine (2012)
- The Fall of Five (2013)
- The Revenge of Seven (2014)
Also included is a string of e-novellas called I Am Number Four: The Lost Files.
- Six's Legacy (2011)
- Nine's Legacy (2012)
- The Fallen Legacies (2012)
- The Search For Sam (2012)
- The Last Days of Lorien (2013)
- The Forgotten Ones (2013)
- Five's Legacy (2014)
- Return to Paradise (2014)
- Five's Betrayal (2014)
The first three of these were re-published in print in the summer of 2012 (to promote The Rise of Nine
) as I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies.
A second print compilation, Secret Histories
, was released in July 2013 with the same title and containing numbers 4, 5, and 6 of the above. A third set, titled "Hidden Enemy", contained the next three novellas and was published in the summer of 2014 alongside the fifth novel.
In addition, there are a string of supplementary works. These are:
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- E-Books (chronological order):
- Sam's Journal
- Sarah's Journal
- Eight's Origin
- Malcolm's Journal
- Facebook Game:
it is, these are all successful-ish, but not as far as the actual stories. Or The Film of the Book
The stories follow the last of the Loric/Lorien, a race whose home planet of Lorien
was destroyed by the Mogadorians, as they try to prevent the same fate ravaging Earth. There is also the ulterior motive that it is the nearest life-sustaining planet that they're welcome on. The children are members of the Garde and will take on the role of the Elders of their planet at some point whilst the adults are their keepers, called CÍpan. They also gather some kindly human friends, as well as some unkindly human foes, like any other person.
Unfortunately they're not just any other people. Instead, these teenagers have to single-handedly or within small groups fight off armies of the warrior race
Mogadorians, also known as Mogs, who are hunting them down to wipe them out, as well as militant terrorist groups and the FBI - who have put aside their differences to fight the good guys together
- with their main weapon being their developing Legacies. The Legacies are their inherant abilities received from the planet Lorien itself, which are basically superpowers.
Speaking of which, the "Lorien Legacies" is a Double Meaning Title
, or a poly-meaning title, as both elements to it have multiple meanings: Lorien
meaning of Lorien, of lore
, or of Pittacus Lore
meaning Heroic Stories, Dynasties, inherited responsibilities or positions, the Inheritances, the actual Garde members
or of course, their powers.
Not to disappoint, of course with a large cast of teenagers, there are Romantic Sub-Plots for everybody. There are love-triangles and the development of heterosexual
and platonic life partnerships
- Action Girl: The female Garde, especially Six.
- Affectionate Nickname: Nine calls Four "Johnny", referencing his chosen name from the first book.
- Alternate Landmark History: And how! Think up a wonder. Except the Great Wall of China, they're alien.
- Ancient Astronauts: The Mogadorians and Lorien.
- Awesome McCoolname: Many of the Loric names, especially the joint Pen Name of Pittacus Lore.
- Bloodless Carnage: When the aliens did they turn to ash.
- Call Back: Any time New Mexico is mentioned will be one, whether it be Roswell or Dulce.
- Chekhov's Skill: All the Garde members find a use for their Legacies and Inheritance. Justified in that it's the entire point of them having them.
- The Chosen One: One of them will become Pittacus Lore. (Unless it was one of those that died already, eh?)
- Colon Cancer: The print release e-novellas.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The good guys use blue bullets/power/sword. The bad guys use green stuff (red in the film).
- Doomed Hometown: Lorien, Paradise.
- Elemental Powers: The Loric horoscope at the end of some editions of Book 1 (essentially the Western horoscope with exotic names) alludes to this. Like, those born under fire signs are most likely to have Lumen as a legacy.
- The covers of the books also carry elemental motifs relating to characters with large roles in the novel in question.
- Book 1: Fire, shown by a Flaming orange-red sun for Four and his Lumen (which comes with heat/fire resistance.)
- Book 2: Water. Seven, aka Marina doesn't have hydrokinesis so far, but she can breathe underwater, and she can also heal the sick and injured. In Book 4 she becomes An Ice Person.
- Book 3: Earth (more specifically sand, which is likely a reference to the site of this book's climactic battle in the secret desert facility in New Mexico.) Nine is a strong and stubborn type, but it's all just a facade. Number One is a more obvious example of Earth power: as revealed in the e-novella The Fallen Legacies, she could cause earthquakes.
- So far, the best representative for Air would be the weather-changing Six. She claims she can control all four elements, however. So far we've only seen her manipulate fire, but only in that one iconic movie moment.
- Other, lesser-known elements are at play here. We have Space (Eight's teleportation, Nine's anti-gravity), Beast (Four and Nine can both communicate with animals), and Life (a strange variation with Ella/Ten's Aeternus ability.)
- Everything Fades: All aliens (conveniently) leave no corpses. This is probably a substitute for Henri's funeral pyre from the novel.
- Everything Is Online: Actually played fairly realistically; one of the things that keep Number Four from staying in one place is that whenever something big happens to him that exposes the fact that he's an alien is because people record his powers and upload them to YouTube.
- Fighting for a Homeland
- Human Aliens: The Loric and the natural-born Mogadorians.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Mogadore.
- It's Personal: Subverted in Six's Legacy. Six wants to say, "That's for Katarina!" when she dispatches a Mog, but she can't because she's really doing it for her own satisfaction.
- Kayfabe: The very first page of the book is a "disclaimer" stating the events depicted in the book are real. Also the author bio states the "Pittacus Lore" is the ruling elder of Lorien currently in hiding.
- Le Parkour: The Loriens, it would seem, are fond of this.
- Logging Onto The Fourth Wall: Sadly averted; They-Walk-Among-Us.com only redirects to the film's website.
- Made of Iron:
- The only things that seem to be able to kill a Mog is a Mogadorian blade or one of their weapons.
- Somewhat justified. The Lorien weapons we see amount to a slightly over-sized dagger, and a slightly over-sized energy pistol. The Mog weapons we see are a [[BFS nastily serrated 3-foot sword]] and various high-energy rifles that either pump out ridiculous amounts of machine-gun-style rounds or single massive bursts. About what you'd expect from an entire race dedicated to wiping out other races for no apparent reason other than being sadistic.
- The Mogadorians don't destroy planets just because it is said that they ruined their own planet and need resources to survive.
- Five can literally become Made of Iron. One of his legacies is that he can take on the qualities of any material he's touching. He can also use this to become a Rubber Man.
- Meaningful Name: Several of the characters, and Dulce Base. Dulce being Spanish and Latin for sweet. In Spanish more literally as dulces=candy, in Latin more abstract, e.g. Dulce Et Decorum Est=It is sweet and fitting. That poem is about dying for one's country.
- Oddly Named Sequel: You might call it Sequel Number Snarl, but the numbers are names. I Am Number Four followed by I Am Number Four: The Power of Six or The Power of Six, depending on where you got it and which edition, then I Am Number Four: Lorien Legacies: Six's Legacy, The Rise of Nine, the rest of the Lorien Legacies pre-titled books, The Fall of Five, The Revenge of Seven, etc. The I Am Number Four and Lorien Legacies bits kept moving and disappearing.
- Only in Florida: The amount of times Four and Co. keep moving to Florida isn't really a coincidence; when they do weird stuff there, it's blown off easier as "it's Florida".
- Perplexing Plurals: Changing a concrete noun to a plural or a collective one doesn't seem to happen on Lorien. You can have a Lorien, Chimaera, Garde, Cepan or two Lorien, Chimaera, Garde, Cepan. A group of them are also known collectively as Lorien, Chimaera, Garde, Cepan. Compare this to having a Lion, two Lions, a Pride. These are the only Loric words in the series, so its all we have to go off, too.
- Power Glows
- Sequel Hook: These guys certainly can write some cliffhangers.
- Shout-Out: The name of the Spanish village "Santa Teresa" could be one to the identically-named location in novel 2666 where a lot of mysterious things happen.
- Number Four taking the nickname "Johnny" might be one to Short Circuit when the main character, Number Five, calls himself Johnny.
- Unobtainium: Loralite, but it's in abundance within the stories.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: The Lorien names again.
- You Are Number Six: Remarkably only number Six, out of them all, treats the number as her actual name. The others take on more human ones but she doesn't like hers: Maren Elizabeth.
- You Can't Go Home Again
The Power of Six:
- Chekhov's Gun: Four's comment about the ten Elders of Lorien - there really are ten Garde children.
- No Communities Were Harmed: Whilst there is a Chapel of Santa Teresa in the Picos de Europa mountains, it's just that: a chapel in the mountains. The village of Santa Teresa would probably be more based on one of the villages that makes up the sparse collection of Valdeon. One of which is called Santa Marina, at that.
- Reality Has No Subtitles: The second book has duel narration between the Spanish Marina and American John. All of Marina's part is in English, until John hears her speak during his narration, when her speech is in Spanish (the English translation is a page before when she shouts it during her narration) and he doesn't get it because he doesn't speak Spanish.
- The Reveal: Ella is Number Ten.
- Toros y Flamenco: None. Spain is presented pretty well.
The Rise of Nine:
The Fall of Five:
- Precision F-Strike: Happens twice during the climax, particularly striking as the first F-bombs dropped in the series. First by Nine while fighting a huge monster. The second is by Marina, directed towards Five after he killed Eight.