REVIEW: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I Am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore
Lorien Legacies, Book One
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. Bue 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.
The planet Lorien was overtaken by the vicious Mogadorians. Before everyone was wiped out, the elders sent nine powerful children to Earth to protect their race. Ten years later, the first three are dead. This is the story of Number Four.
His Earthly name is John Smith, and he’s a teenager just trying to make it through high school…though he and his guardian are always on the run. But in this city, it’s different. John has made friends, and he is coming into his powers. The Mogadorians have found him, but he’s going to stand and fight.
This is the second alien series I have started, and I LOVED it as much as I did Obsidian.
John, or Four, is a great narrator. I adore books that have a male narrator…it’s just a different voice and tone to the story than a girl. Everything I saw through Four’s eyes was believable and so were his emotions.
As much as it’s a story about an alien trying to blend in on Earth, it’s also about a 15 year old kid trying to blend in to a new school. Moving from place to place, whether you’re human or not, has a massive effect on an individual. And after a lifetime of it, sometimes enough is enough.
There is romance here, but it’s no instant love. Watching Four and Sarah get together felt truly organic. Their relationship was drama free, and she stood by his side even when he revealed the unbelievable truth about himself.
The action in this book was nicely paced. While there was only one actual battle at the end (and it was an epic one), there were also action-packed scenes where Four learned to use his powers, or he saw what happened on Lorien ten years ago, or he had to fight for something. This made a more than 400 page book a quick read.
I felt this novel was a great start to what is sure to be a promising series–if the addictive mix of action, romance, and the supernatural continues, I can’t wait to read more.
I am about to watch the movie, so we’ll see how that goes! Here’s a couple pics of Alex Pettyfer, cause he’s nice to look at. 🙂