Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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.


The main reason I read this book was because I wanted to see the movie, and I always prefer to read the book beforehand. That said, I think this book will probably make a better movie.

I really loved the idea of this book. I loved the background we got on the Loriens and the different powers Number Four developed throughout the story, but I wouldn't say that I liked Number Four himself very much. I got very frustrated with him at times, especially during certain interactions that he had with his guardian Henry. I also didn't understand his obsession with Sarah, I really felt like the author just threw Sarah in because he wanted a love story, we didn't really get anything about her except that she was pretty, nice, and liked photography.

I will probably read the next book in the series, since it follows another member of the nine, and since my major downfall with this book was the characters hopefully I'll like the next one better. Overall it was a book that people who like more of the science fiction genre will enjoy.