The sixth and penultimate book in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. John is on the front lines of the fight in New York City. And just as the odds seem stacked against him, his best friend, Sam, a human, inexplicably develops a Legacy—and Sam isn't the only one. While the pair try to track down Five and Nine amid the chaos, they encounter another teen who can wield abilities that were once only meant for the Garde. Whether she is a friend or a foe, however, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Six, Marina, and Adam are trapped in Mexico. They fought their way into the Sanctuary and were able to awaken the power hidden within, but their preceding battle has left them without any way to reach the others. The Mogs are returning in full force, and it will take a miracle to escape. The Garde are stretched thin, fighting this war on many fronts. The only chance they have is to take out the Mogadorian leader once and for all—but his fate is now irrevocably tied with Ella's. They can't destroy one without the other. But if the Garde can't find another way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Loric: annihilation.
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There are some interesting characters, such as Adam, who is a Mog but has gone over to the side of the humans. I don't have a very good memory for the other books in this series, so I am sure I am missing some of the romance and changing alliances, but I enjoyed the fact that the characters interacted on one level until their allegiances were challenged. Personally, I would have done in Phiri, but Adam clearly had some moral objection to hurting her the way she had hurt others.
The telepathic communication that Ella is capable of, as well as Danielle emergent power to deflect enemies and Sam's telekinesis are all interesting. What middle grade reader doesn't want to have some sort of super power, especially if it can be used to fight aliens.
Readers of dystopian fiction like Grant's Gone series, as well as books like Dashner's The Eye of Minds and even spy stories like Horowitz's Stormbreaker, will find The Fate of Ten to be an action packed addition to a popular series.
That said, I didn't appreciate that there was one f-word buried deep in the book, on page 363. It was completely gratuitous and out of place in a novel that has great appeal to middle grade readers.
We learn more about Pittacus Lore and Setrakus Ra in this book which is really worth the wait. The relation between Lore and Ra is similar to many other books where one young man follows the path of greatest and selfless behaviour while the other follows their own dark and selfish desires. We also learn more about Lore's Legacies which helps us to understand John's better. His Legacy to copy other abilities explains John's abilities but it isn't as simple as copying someone's power when you see it which is interesting. John has to understand it and know how it feels to use it in order to replicate it.
Selected humans develop Legacies of their own becoming the first human Garde. These human are lost and confused, many believing that they have nothing to with this fight. This introduces the possibility of many new characters which is exciting.
The end of this book is sad but makes sense. However, I found the government agents to be very annoying. The Fate of Ten was very enjoyable, I can't wait for the next book.