Spoiler alert! You absolutely MUST read all of the books even associated with the Lorien Legacies to follow what happens in The Fall of Five. I know that’s a lot of reading, but trust me on this! Here are links to my recaps/reviews of those books:
If you’re still reading, I’ll assume you’re caught up with this series. Let’s dive in…
Have you ever wanted to throw a book across the room? My love for books and my desire not to damage anything in my living room are the only things that kept me from hurling The Fall of Five at the wall when I finished it last night. Don’t get me wrong. It was a good book, but, when you think you have several pages of a book left, and it abruptly ends on a cliffhanger only to be followed by the first chapters of companion novellas you’ve already read, what results is not pretty. I’m fairly sure I was on the verge of morphing into She-Hulk. When I started reading this book, I thought it would be the last book in the series. Not so. Given how things ended, there will be at least one more book…or there better be!
In The Fall of Five, the remaining members of the Lorien Garde are preparing for the fight of their lives. They’ve already faced the Mogadorian leader once…and they barely made it out alive. These gifted youngsters and their human companions will have to train to be ready to face Setrakus Ra and his extensive army again. They also need to find Five, the only missing member of the Garde, to make themselves even stronger.
It seems, though, that Five is also determined to find them. He’s being rather obvious, and that kind of attention can only attract the Mogadorians. (It totally does, by the way.)
When Five finally joins the other members of the Garde–Four (John), Six, Seven (Marina), Eight, Nine, and Ten (Ella)–things are a little tense. No one is quite sure what to make of this newcomer, but they know they’ll need to work together to defeat the Mogs for good. Eventually, through some intense training exercises, the members of the Garde, Bernie Kozar, and their human friends–Sam, Sarah, and Malcolm–learn to work together.
But something is afoot that could derail everything. Young Ella is being plagued by dreams involving Setrakus Ra and a bleak future. How is the enemy invading her sleeping hours, and what do these dreams mean? Are they signs of things to come, visions of what could happen if the Garde does not succeed?
Also, the Mogadorian forces have much more information on the Garde than they should. How did they come by this sensitive intel? Who can the Garde really trust…and will trusting the wrong person lead to the downfall of Lorien’s only hope?
It’s not always clear what the future holds, but one thing is certain. Everything is about to change…
After so many books, I am fully invested in what happens to the characters in this series, and I’m kind of happy that there’s going to be at least one more book. That being said, is it too much to ask for just a little closure when I’ve got to wait at least a year on the next book? Especially when there is little to no information available on that next book? (Seriously, there is zero information on the I Am Number Four website (http://iamnumberfourfans.com/), Goodreads, or Amazon. If you know something about the next book, PLEASE share in the comments!)
As for The Fall of Five itself, I think the book could have gone a bit faster. I think there was a little too much time spent on training exercises and the Garde getting to know each other. The bulk of the action took place in the last few chapters (which were extremely gripping and had me very anxious). I’ll admit that a lot of what transpired during training deeply impacted the action sequences, but I’d still like to see more butt-kicking…especially from the awesome female characters in this series.
If you’re still on the fence about reading this book, check out the book trailer below. It highlights a few things that I left out in this post (but it doesn’t give too much away). It’s pretty good, and it kind of made me want to read the book all over again!
Have you read The Fall of Five yet? How do you think it ranks when compared to the rest of the series? (For me, it’s close to the top…even though the ending was supremely frustrating.) How do you think things will play out in the next book, and what do you think the surprise ending means for the Lorien Garde and their fight against the Mogadorians? Let me know what you think in the comments!