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Meet the Fierce New Characters of Generation One

If you haven’t read GENERATION ONE yet, you kind of missed out on one of the most epic superpowered adventures of the summer. This action-packed follow-up to the I AM NUMBER FOUR series follows previously-normal teenagers who now have legacies as they attend the brand new Human Garde Academy. But, ~importantly~ you don’t have to read those books to fall in love with this one! We know, there are a lot. But we’re here to help so that you can jump right in, and you can even start reading GENERATION ONE right here!

Anyway, we walked away from that book feeling so pumped up and wanting to attend their academy and fight beside them with our own powers that we had these character files designed! If you’ve already read GENERATION ONE, you’ll appreciate the little details we tried to include in all of them. If you haven’t, this is the perfect time to meet them!


Meet the new Human Garde!


Taylor Cook

Of all the Human Garde, Taylor is the most crucial to the larger ongoing conspiracy. Which doesn’t seem fair, really, since she’s the one character who never wanted her powers in the first place. Taylor is a bright spot in the story (and one we def need right now).

Though we are insanely jealous of anyone who gets to meet Number Four… especially if it means he would stare longingly at us.


Kopano Okeke

Poor Kopano was so excited to develop legacies but has been used by every person who could get their hands on him since. We have no idea how he stays so optimistic, since even the slightest inconvenience makes us want to lie on the floor for at least three hours.


Caleb Crane

It’s hard to get a read on Caleb sometimes, but TBH, that could be because there are so many different parts of his personality. Literally. Remember that time he sort of tried to use one of his clones to flirt with girls? You may act all high and mighty, but we do, Caleb. We do.


Nigel Barnaby

The sarcastic, sonic screamer of our hearts 💕 Nigel is never one to back down from a challenge (even when we might really want him to), and his reckless-for-the-laughs nature gets him into trouble more often then not. But we’re not really sure where we’d be without him, so you know what? You keep doing you, Nigel. We know you’re going to anyway.


Ran Takeda

We will never get over people assuming Ran cannot speak English and then being hit by sheer embarrassment when they realize days, weeks, or even months, later. Plus it’s great to see someone who strives for peace on the squad, and her and Nigel are total BFF goals.


Isabela Silva

Everyone bow down to Queen Isabela, please. This HBIC is fierce from the moment we meet her, but there’s also such amazing depth that we uncover that we can’t wait to see more. 10/10, would follow Isabela into battle. Or out for a night away from campus. Anywhere, really.



When we found out about GENERATION ONE, we weren’t sure what sort of villain we’d be looking at this time around. What we got? One who gives us chills. Ugh. #StopHimPls


About Generation One

The war may be over—but for the next generation, the battle has just begun!

Taylor Cook thought of the invasion as just a bad dream. It had ended over a year ago, and none of the fighting happened anywhere near her small town. She’d heard about teens who were suddenly developing incredible abilities, but she had never really believed it. Not until the day she discovered she was one of them—a human with Legacies.

Now Taylor is being sent off to the Human Garde Academy. A place where teens from across the globe can learn to control their new powers and discover what they are truly capable of. There they will be trained by the Loric—the very same people who helped win the war and who are also responsible for unleashing the Legacies on the planet.

As part of this new generation of Garde, Taylor and the others will one day be able to use their gifts to protect mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use for their talents. There are people who have different plans for the students and who will stop at nothing to get what they want.


Who’s your favorite new character in GENERATION ONE? Let us know below!

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