I am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Fugitive is the companion ebook novella to the “I am Number Four” series by Pittacus Lore. It’s the sequel to the “Return to Paradise” novella.
Premise: This novella picks up with Mark racing to Dulce, New Mexico, evading capture from both the Mogadorians and the FBI. On the road, his mysterious new ally – a fellow blogger from They Walk Among Us who Mark knows only by the screen name GUARD – sends him a care package to help in his quest to find Sarah. Inside is a stack of cash, high-tech equipment, and some seriously advanced weaponry, all begging Mark to once again ask the question: Just who exactly is this guy? As Mark gets closer to tracking down Sarah, he also gets closer to discovering the identity of this enigmatic figure who seems to know so much about the Loric. When the truth about GUARD is finally revealed, nothing will ever be the same.
Review: I screamed like a little girl when I found out about this novella but my heart sunk when I read that it is the sequel to Return to Paradise. I know I said it before but Mark James – and Sarah Hart – is not my favorite character, which made Return to Paradise the novella I liked the least. So The Fugitive started at a disadvantage, one reason is Mark but the other reason is the fact that I thought I knew who GUARD’s identity. Meaning I read the whole thing feeling like I already knew what went down or had been spoiled but I was wrongs.
The Lost Files: The Fugitive is good, what happens to Mark is interesting and feels less like history compared to the previous one. The novella is more up to date with the novels. It gives more insight into some aspects to the main story, even I believe that the only relevant information in this novella is GUARD’s identity. I just hope that GUARD will quickly be integrated in the next novel because in Adam’s case it felt like a long time before he finally got into the main story arc.