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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four (edition 2011)

by Pittacus Lore

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Title:I Am Number Four
Authors:Pittacus Lore
Info:HarperCollins (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 496 pages
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This book is the first in the Lorien Series, written about a powerful alien species whose planet was defeated by an evil alien race, the Mogadorians. As a result, nine of the gifted Lorien children were sent to Earth along with their guardians to live separately while waiting for their powers to appear. A charm has been placed on the Lorien children, requiring the Mogadorians to kill them in numerical order. Three have been found and executed, as indicated by the appearance of three scarred rings on John Smith’s ankle. Now the hunt for John has begun, for he is number four. The story takes an interesting turn when John, attempting to simply blend in at a new school, meets a girl. Letting his guard down, John also gains a new, quirky best friend and adopts of a stray mutt. Unfortunately, the Mogadorians are quick to discover when John is hiding, and his attempt at a normal life quickly implodes. As an interesting aside, this series is written by Pittacus Lore, who heralds himself as ruling elder of Lorien, stating his whereabouts are unknown. As all other science fiction novels, this story requires the reader to suspend disbelief in order to fully enjoy the extraterrestrial references and fantastical characters. Nonetheless, this is a worthy series to add to your science fiction collection ( )
  ginawilliams | Nov 19, 2014 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. The premise and idea surrounding the plot is amazing, but I found that the execution was mediocre. The author could’ve done so much with the idea, and started out strong. However, the plot soon became a little bit flat. The book is about “aliens” from another planet who escape a war and come to earth. There are nine of them, all children, and each is assigned a caregiver and a number. The warring race, the mogadorians, also have a presence on earth, and have made it their job to hunt down the nine children. However, they must kill them in order (starting with number one, and ending with number nine.) This specific book follows child number four and his struggle to escape the mogadorians while still maintaining a “normal” childhood. I think the main reason this book could’ve been better has to do with the author’s writing style. He skipped around a lot, and introduced a lot of unnecessary ideas. It seemed to me like he had a ton of great ideas that he wanted to include in the book, but never really connected them. As a result, the book appears cluttered and disorganized. The main idea of this book is that things aren’t always as they seem. Overall, I give this book 3 ½ stars out of five. ( )
  lmcswe1 | Nov 16, 2014 |
"He ran literally through the wall."
As opposed to figuratively?

Hands coming out of nowhere, choppy writing and, in the few pages I read, basically no editing, I am not even going to waste my time. ( )
  Tarklovishki | Oct 31, 2014 |
You must turn off your brain and ask no questions when reading this book. It’s a requirement to enjoy it. I failed miserably. It may be readable but I Am Number Four is predictable and clichéd with inaccurate and vague descriptions and explanations.

For the most part I Am Number Four is an easy read although the language at times struck me as amateurish and clunky. Perhaps I expected too much after all this is YA but Lorien, it’s inhabitants and culture were too simple or too similar to that of Earth and humans. I was hoping for a bit more alieness than just boy-with-powers and shapeshifting animals. I expected a new spin on this cliché of a story but it was an incompetent rehash of old formulas.

A lot of “how” questions kept popping into my head in relation to unrealistic circumstances. A major one:

From what I understand 19 Loriens made it to Earth. The rest are dead. Those 19 have to repopulate Lorien when the time comes. Henri tries to dissuade John from procreating with humans because he’ll need a Lorien partner to produce pure children.

Erm...are you serious? How would this work? You need many more individuals for a species to prosper. Reproduction would eventually become incestuous with the result of such unions suffering the disorders (deformities genetic disease infertility = extinction ) associated with inbreeding due to little genetic diversity in such a small gene pool making it impossible to adapt, evolve and therefore survive and prosper. A tad scientific but this is science fiction, emphasis on the science. I learned the above in high school biology and this is aimed at that age group -I’m just sayin’.

Other “how” questions:
--> How could John’s girlfriend, Sarah so easily accept his alien status without much proof?
--> How did Mark come by the message that brought him to John’s home and into the fight?
--> How did Henri explain what was going on to Mark?
--> How did Six survive her many serious wounds?
--> How can a book with so many illogical errors not only make it to publication but be turned into a movie when there are so many better ones out there?

Why is the book by Pittacus Lore? It doesn’t make sense. Didn’t he die 10 years ago with the rest of his people? There was something about the elders disappearing during the ultimate battle on Lorien so there’s a small possibility he still lives, however the book is in first person from John’s POV. WTH?!

Small sidenote: I don’t know about other countries but here in the UK “spastically” is controversial and considered highly offensive if not used in a medical context. I was very surprised to see it here but I’ll put it down to cultural difference and move on.

The final battle didn’t interest me. I skimmed. There were moments throughout the book that gripped me. That were exciting. I liked Henri, John and his dog they made a good team but it seems they’re fighting a losing battle. Henri encourages us to have hope even when the task ahead appears impossible but 6 kids with powers versus a whole race –I’m not optimistic. No matter how many abilities these superhero kids develop.

In some ways this reminds me of [b:The Lightning Thief|28187|The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)|Rick Riordan|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1292845381s/28187.jpg|3346751] with the godlike powers, beasts and the run-for-your-life theme. That was targeted at 9-12 year olds and I think this should be too. I think they’d have a better time with it than I did.

The movie, released next week, looks spiffy and exciting. Hopefully it will be better than the book it’s based on because this was just terrible.

ETA Mar 2, 2011: The movie changed almost everything I had a problem with in the book. It was also 100x more entertaining so I encourage you all to see the movie and burn the book! ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |

Review coming soon~ ( )
  ku. | Sep 20, 2014 |
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The door starts shaking.
I pick up a birth certificate that he has already finished.  The name written is James Hughes.  The date of birth would make me one year older.  I'd be sixteen and able to drive.  Then I bend over and look at the one he is in the process of creating. The name listed is Jobie Frey, age eighteen, a legal adult.
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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.
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In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.… (more)

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