I’m actually glad I made the right decision to read The Lost Files while waiting for the release of the succeeding books of the main series, The Lorien Legacies. The Lost Files novellas serve as back stories or spin-off stories of some characters and events that are never revealed in the main series. So far, two 3-novella compilation paperbacks have already been released and Hidden Enemy is the third compilation.
Here’s the plot description from the back cover of the book:
You must discover why.
You must learn the truth.
They have put a plan in motion.
They have infiltrated your government.
They have already turned some of you.
They will do whatever it takes to have your planet.
The battle lines have been drawn.
Whose side are you on?
To give you a brief background, Hidden Enemy consists of another three (3) novellas: Five’s Legacy, Return to Paradise, and Five’s Betrayal. Just like what I did with the previous The Lost Files books, I’ll be reviewing each novella separately for a better discussion. (P.S. The following paragraphs may contain spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)
Five’s Legacy – After reading The Fall of Five, I’ve been wanting to find out how the Mogadorians got hold of Five and how Five becomes their ally. In this novella, readers are given the opportunity to read about Five and his “adventures” with Rey, his Cêpan, as a Loric before he decides to side with the Mogs. The narration is told in Five’s point of view, so Five’s feelings and thoughts have been made apparent to us. To be honest, I’ve already disliked Five since his appearance in The Fall of Five and reading this has strengthened my hatred towards him. I just don’t like his way of thinking and the way he copes with things. I find him too whiney and a person who doesn’t take things too seriously. It truly makes me wonder if he deserves to be a Garde. On the other hand, I can’t blame Five fully. His interpretations of the advices given to him are just different as compared to what the other Gardes do. And this greatly affects his decisions and actions. However, despite that, I’m actually impressed with his legacies.
Return to Paradise – Now this novella has caught me off guard. Surprisingly, the story centers on Mark James. Remember him? He appeared in the first book of The Lorien Legacies series. It narrates the changes that happen after the Mogs attacked their city. From being a jerk, Mark James has matured and opened his eyes to things he never imagined would exist. He now becomes a participant rather than a spectator. I like the change in his personality that he’s willing to help Four and the others by gathering information and going through great lengths despite risking his life. As the story progresses, I come to like Mark James’ character more. I hope he’ll play a significant role in the main series. One more thing that sparks my curiosity is the mysterious identity of this GUARD username whom Mark James has been conversing with in the blog he joins. It’s never revealed in this novella, but I hope it will soon.
Five’s Betrayal – And so it begins. Five stays in a Mogadorian base and trains to improve his legacies. In order to earn the Mogadorians’ trust, he is tasked to kill Nine and eventually Ethan whom they suspect a spy for the Lorics. My hatred starts to rise again as Five’s insecurities and jealousy cloud his judgment. It seems that I couldn’t handle Five’s immaturity and pride. As much as I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, I can’t help but be pissed off at him. Here, we also see his enhanced legacies, one of which is having the ability to take on the quality of the objects he touches. This would make him powerful if used strategically. I have yet to witness how he’ll fight against the other Gardes. Moreover, Ten is vaguely mentioned in this novella, but it was never revealed what her role would be, which makes me even more curious. I wonder what her true identity is.
Once again, Hidden Enemy does not disappoint. But of the three novellas, I like Return to Paradise best. It’s something I did not expect to read. Comparison aside, I enjoy reading this book. The stories have just the right amount of pacing and the suspense pushes me to turn page after page. These novellas truly help in filling the gaps in the main story. After reading this book, I’m now more excited to read The Revenge of Seven.