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Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Check out my review of the MOVIE, here!!

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061969559
ISBN-13: 978-0061969553

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 don't have a whole lot to say about this book.  I like sci-fi, and was looking forward to reading this.  The story sounded really interesting, and I know that it's going to be made into a movie soon, so I thought I'd check it out.

I did like the book, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I thought it read kind of young, and the fact that number four (John) was only 15 and is so in love with someone is a little strange.  John and Sarah, his new girlfriend, act like an old married couple.  There just wasn't really any excitement to their relationship.  It was sweet, but just kind of boring.

The storyline was interesting.  I liked seeing the development of John's legacies (powers) and trying to guess what they were going to be.  While I was reading, I kept thinking that, with all the detailed descriptions of the fighting scenes, this book seemed to be written to be made into a movie.  I actually got pretty bored reading so much about the fighting.  I just didn't need all the details.  But, like I said, it will come in handy when translated to film.

I think that I liked all the ideas, and the characters, and the foreshadowing and everything, I just didn't feel like the author pulled it off quite right.  It was like the story was too predictable, the characters were a little too flat (I mean did Sarah have ANY flaws at all??), and the foreshadowing was too obvious. I guess I just like to have to use my brain a little more...and I really like to be surprised! There was one character that I really loved, and who completely stole the show.....Bernie Kosar,  John's eccentric and peculiar puppy.  I hope he makes it to the movie!! 

I liked it
  • Sexual Content: Mild
  • Profanity: Heavy
  • Violence: Heavy
  • Other Notables:  Underage Drinking

Here's the movie trailer!


  1. When I read this, I just figured they had marketed it wrong. It read more like an MG novel. A lot of the things that felt weird to me I would have let slip had it been aimed at a younger audience. Especially things seen in the flashback to their home-world.

    Even if they are humanoid looking there, they wouldn't have human customs like hand-shaking and such.

    I, too, liked this book but found it read young.

  2. I'm currently reading I Am Number Four and liking it so far. After watching the fantastic movie trailers I expect this novel to be very good, hopefully it doesn't disappoint me...
    Bernie Kosar, best literary dog:D

  3. Yeah, I don't like long fighting scenes either. Well, hope I can read it soon!!!!!!!!!
    MISS YOU!!!

  4. You said there was a "sweet" and "boring" relationship? That's enough for me, I'm out of it! I totally hate books with sweet and boring relationship! I like my books with a lot of angst! =)

  5. I've heard that this guy has made writing books-for-film into some kind of assembly line I was wary from the start. Your review makes me fear I was right. Thank you for your honesty! I probably won't be picking this one up anytime soon. It's kind of exciting that the girl from Glee is in the movie though =)

  6. Jam- yeah, not much angst here! It's not really a romantic-tension type of book. Maybe in the future books?

    Caitlin-It reads young, but the profanity in it is a little much for the tween crowd, I would think. Maybe it's one that guys would like?

    Miss Page-Turner- I hope you love it! Are you a teacher? I'd love to know what your students thought about it!

    LIVIA!!!! I heart you!

    Casey- that makes a lot of sense! I hadn't heard that before. It seems like everything about this book screamed made-for-film. I do think I'll go see the movie. Hopefully they'll really make it something great!


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