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Review: I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore

Posted by on October 19, 2010
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) 
I AM NUMBER FOUR
Pitticus Lore
440 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: August 3rd, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: LOVED

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books – but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

I am Number Four was awesome. All I could say after turning the last page was “Whoa”. There was humor, terror, blood and gore, happiness, and even sorrow (that nearly made me cry, which I don’t usually do). Pittacus Lore, the pen-name used to author the book, is actually the greatest Elder of the now-lifeless planet of Lorien, set to warn us humans of upcoming alien invasions.

They look like us, talk like us, and try to live normal lives. They are stronger, faster, and the last Garde from the planet Lorien, which was destroyed, along with its inhabitants, by the Mogadorians years ago. Nine of them came to Earth. Three are dead. Now, they’re coming after Number Four, who’s now going by the name of John Smith. Fifteen year old John is always on the run, never living in one place for more than a few months. When he finds out Number Three is dead, he and his Cepan (Lorien caretaker) – Henri, set off once again, this time to Paradise, Ohio.

He starts living a normal life, and wants to settle in – once and for all. With the discovery of a few journalists who publish an article about a theory of the Mogadorians invading and taking over Earth, comes a turn of events in the life of John. Everything turns upside down, but John is determined not to leave Paradise, and to stand and fight.

I am Number Four is the first in a planned series of six books. A movie is already in the makes with the release sometime next year. It sort of reminds me of the Gone series (which I am a HUGE fan of!) by Michael Grant. The cover suits the book well, in my opinion. To me, it resembles one of John’s Loric powers, and is a sort of sneak-peak at the suspense and action to come in the book.

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11 comments

  1. I'm looking forward to reading this one! Great review. Thanks for stopping by My Neurotic Book Affair and being my 275th follower!!! Now following back. Shari

  2. I didn't enjoy this one so much. It was such a standard sci-fi, and must of it had been done before. It did have a few redeeming qualities, though.
    I didn't know there was going to be a movie! That should be interesting. Now that I think about it, I Am Number Four would make a movie, as it focuses on the action and romance.

  3. I haven't got to read this yet but I have been debating on if I should give this series a try. It sounds pretty good and I think I'll add it to my TBR pile. Thanks for a great review :-)

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