|I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Last Days of Lorien|
|Publication date||9th April 2013|
| Preceded by|
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
| Followed by|
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Forgotten Ones and I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Secret Histories
In this stunning prequel novella to the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, discover what really happened in the final days of the doomed planet from the eyes of Sandor—who would go on to become the reluctant Cêpan to Number Nine.
Before Number Four and the others arrived on Earth, they lived on the planet Lorien. A planet filled with others who also had extraordinary abilities. A peaceful planet––until the day the Mogadorians attacked, and nearly annihilated, the Loric people.
Only a handful of Loric survived the battle. This is Sandor’s story.
The story begins with Sandor at a dancing club known as The Chimæra. Despite being a minor to enter the club, Sandor was able to fool security by using his engeering skills to make him older. While having fun with his friends, Paxton and Teeve, Sandor spots one of his teachers from school, Endym, and tries to escape out the back door to avoid being spotted. Along the way, he accidently spills some guy's drink on him and is forced to hide in a dressing room. While hiding, Sandor meets a famous Garde named Devektra, who is known for her music and dancing. After having a small chat with her, he got to listen to her sing on stage with the best seats in the house. When Devektra leaves without him knowing, Sandor tries to go after her but is caught by Endym, who reports him to the school council.
Facing punishment for his false identification and among a few other things, Sandor is left alone when his parents refuse to help him, and chooses to go to a Karbak location instead of a Munis one. When preparing to leave, Sandor is approached by none other than Brandon, aka Henry, who offers him a place at the Lorien Defense Academy for engeering work. Deciding it was a better fate than Karbak, Sandor chooses to accept the offer. While at LDA, Sandor meets his roommate, Rapp, who he becomes friends with over the course of the book. A few weeks pass and Sandor starts to warm up to the academy. It is explained that those who live at the academy believe in an ancient prophecy, made by the original Nine Elders, that Lorien will be attacked and destroyed by an unknown enemy. While the rest of Lorien believes it to be a myth, many others at the academy and out believe it to be a warning. It is also explained that the Elders are the highest authority in all of Lorien and protect it from hostile forces. Pitticus Lore, the most powerful Elder, is considered to be the most mysterious but well-known Elder of the nine.
While on a grid maintaince checking in the capital city with Rapp, Sandor meets Devektra again, who actually starts taking an interest in him, possibly romanic in nature. During the course of the conversation, Devektra calls Sandor one of those people, sensing that he is starting to believe in the prophecy. She invites him to come to the Chimæra again, for the Quatermoon, and leaves soon after. Sandor is left with confused feelings over the invitation and questions whether it was a way of teasing him or actually being friendly. While heading back to the academy, Sandor meets an Cêpan named Daxin, who goes to meet his Garde, who turns out to be Nine. During the trip, Sandor learns that the Elders have been out of reach for a few days, the grid maintainces were failing all over the planet, and a bright light can be seen close to the planet's gravity surface. Sandor is left with a change of heart about what the academy believe, after his second encounter with Devektra and his meeting with Nine.
On the Quartermoon, Sandor sneaks out of the academy and goes to the Chimæra in the captial city, he did this by stealing Daxin's wrist ID band. While there, he meets Paxton and Teeve again. Sandor is summoned by Devektra and goes to her dressing room. Sandor sees that she is worried, which is something she never did before. Devektra expresses that she senses something is going to go wrong and that she worries for the dark night ahead of them. Sandor communicates with her through mind telepath and learns that she likes him because he is like her, somebody who can't fit into their own world because how different they are. Feeling a moment between him and Devektra, Sandor kisses her, possibly hinting that he may have feelings for her. However, when Sandor opens his eyes, Devektra has already left to get ready for her audition.
Sandor watches from the belcony as Devektra sings to the crowd, but he realizes that something is different about her. He comes to realize that she is singing to him, providing poweful hints that she may harbor the same feelings for him as well. But he also realizes that the song is also to Lorien, like as if it was a warning. When she finishes the song, the roof of the building collapses on the crowd below. When Sandor comes to he is helped to his feet by Devektra's bodyguard, Mirkl, who leaves soon after. It is revealed that Teeva died during the collapse. When reaching the outside, Sandor realizes that the planet is under-attack and Daxin's wrist ID band warns him of a second wave of missiles coming their way. Before leaving on a shuttle back to the academy, Sandor meets Devektra and Mirkl again. Both Sandor and Devektra have a moment again when they hug. She explains that she knows they will never see each other again and plans on going to meet up with the rest of the Garde to battle the invadors. They both say goodbye for the final time and depart.
Arriving at the academy, Sandor finds the place destroyed, along with everyone dead, including Rapp and Daxin. Brandon arrives and takes a shocked Sandor with him. Brandon explains that an alien race known as the Mogadoriens have invaded their planet and that all the Elders, except for Pittacus Lore and Loridas, are dead. Arriving at the space station, where the rest of the next generation Garde are being evacuated off planet, Brandon tells Sandor that he can't come and that it is all about saving an entire race now. Before Brandon leaves Sandor, it is revealed that Nine is not accounted for.
Taking a chance, Sandor uses Brandon's vehicle to head to Nine's location. When he finds Nine with his grandpa, he reveals that Sandor will die but that his death will spark Nine to become very important. After leaving, Sandor and Nine are attacked by a Mogadorien but are saved by an unseen Devektra, providing more hints to the feelings she may for him. When they arrive at the space station, Sandor hands over Nine to Brandon. Believing himself to die on Lorien, Sandor plans to help the others fight against the Mogadoriens, but is stopped by Brandon, who forces him to go on the expedition for Earth.
A full month passes, the ship that Sandor and the others are in heads for Earth. It is revealed that within three days of the invasion, all life on Lorien has been destroyed, leaving the planet to be nothing but a baren wasteland now. Sandor becomes Nine's new Cêpan and a powerful bond is formed between them. While Nine heads off with Brandon and Number Four to do precombat training, Sandor meets a few of the other Cêpans, including Hessu. The story ends with Sandor promising to play with Nine, while acknowledging a dark road ahead of them.
- A number of quotes have been released in the run up to the release.
"This is Lorien. It’s 'perfect' here. That’s what they say, at least."
"Why couldn’t I have been born a Garde and get to do something actually fun with my time?"
"Though Garde are revered as a collective—a 'treasured gift' to our planet—there was a widespread conviction, shared by Garde and Cêpan alike, that the Garde’s amazing abilities belonged not to them alone, but to all of us."
"Her voice rose to a roar. The sound pummeled my chest, so hard I felt like the noise could hollow me out. Then, suddenly, she slammed her fists together and the club’s lights surged into an overwhelming blast just as the noise disappeared, as if sucked out of the room by a vacuum."
"Right then, I wished again that I’d been born a Garde—one with the Legacy to go back in time and undo all my mistakes of the previous night."
"The only people at the academy who interested me at all were the Garde kids, who were just coming into their powers and gave the school what little sense of life it had."
"Every year on Lorien there were stories about young Garde perishing in grisly accidents, killed by powers that they didn’t know how to control, or in some cases, didn’t yet know they even had."
"The bond between a Mentor Cêpan and his Garde mentee is considered almost sacred—almost as strong as the bond between a parent and child. And it lasted for life."
"It didn’t seem like the Elders did very much at all, and most people at the LDA, along with the rest of the Lorien defense operation, were telling themselves stories about prophecies that would never come true."
"Soon I wouldn’t have to pretend to be an adult. I would just be one, and I’d be able to live my life the way I wanted."
"Her eyes glittered. “Isn’t it obvious? I make men fall in love with me""