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May 24, 2011

Book Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Author: Pittacus Lore
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Release Date: August 3rd, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age: Young Adult

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.
The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.

I Am Number Four is one of those books that I've read so much about it that I didn't want to read it, specially because of the author thing. But anyway, I was curious and decided to read it, and here is my review...

Number Four is an alien. His planet was destroyed and he was sent to Earth. But, the same people who destroyed his planet are here on earth, and they are looking for him.

Four is a 15 years old boy, who is used to live hidden and running. Every time something weird happens, he and his guardian escapes. It's a boring life until they reach Paradise, a small town.  

I Am Number Four is a interesting story. The aliens from Lorien are practically extinct, and the few who reached earth are lost or dead. Everyone of them has a power, and just now number four is developing his first.

Number Four, or John, is a pretty common boy...except that he's an alien. He's the typical 15 years old guy, bored and without any interest until he met Sarah, the beautiful girl, and Sam, the geek/aliens lover guy.

At the beginning the writing was slow, because John explains everything about Lorien, their powers, etc. But at the middle of the book there is more action, because the bad aliens found John, and everything turns into chaos.

I liked the characters and though the story was original, but the book didn't grab me as others. I liked it and read it pretty fast, but I think the characters could have been deeper and the story had more to tell. Although, I accept that my perception of the book is tainted with everything I read before about the author. For example, my mother read it and loved it, and she doesn't even like young adult books!

Overall, I Am Number Four is a book I liked enough to read the next one, called The Power of Six, which is going to be released August 23, 2011. I recommend it to everyone who likes sci/fi, it's an interesting book and a story that promise more action.

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  1. Fair review. I read it because I wanted to see the movie. Enjoyed both, but didn't OMG!! enjoy them. You know? :)

  2. I have to say this certainly sounds like a unique series with something new to offer. I sometimes get tired of so much of the popular boilerplate that is showing up. Thank you so much for sharing this with us today.

  3. I haven't read this book yet, but it is definitely
    on my to read list. Thanks for the review.

  4. A nice review. I havent read this book because my friend told me it was a waste of time but I saw the movie and it wasnt as bad as I expected. Though I really disliked Sarah. I wonder if she is so unlikeable in the book as well. Or was it just me lol?

  5. l can see where your coming from as l think books can be action packed but if you don't feel the characters are deep enough they feel kind of fake and therefore l never connect with them.
    I am glad this was still enjoyable though.
    Thanks for an honest review.

  6. The first I had heard of this was about the movie. It was well done, apparently. The story sounded interesting to me, and it's great that there's going to be a sequel! Hopefully, it will be twice as good as the first. A great review, by the way!

  7. Well that's a little disappointing.. to be honest, I haven't read it yet. I've only seen the movie and it was AWFUL! I was planning to read the book because some people said the book was better. But after reading your review I'm having doubts... But I'll think of it.

  8. I have been planning to buy this book for some days but seems like it didn't live upto the hype for you. Now I am giving it second thoughts. helpful review. Thanks!

  9. I like your review, I read this book, but I was expectig more of action and not to much romance.