Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book Review: I Am Number Four by Pittaus Lore


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Author: Pittaus Lore
Author Online: Website
Series: Lorien Legacies, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: August 1st, 2010
Format: Hardback, 440 Pages
My Rating: 3.5/5

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Summary: 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.


My Review:
I Am Number Four by Pittaus Lore was an interesting read.
And I say that in the most flattering way possible.
From the very first page, we meet the Mogadarian. Evil, bloodthirsty, alien creatures that are out to destroy the nine children who escaped their beautiful home planet of Lorien just before the Mogadarian destroyed all traces of life.
One boy, John Smith, as he is known as of late, was one of them.
He is more commonly known as Number Four.
This is where the story begins.

John Smith isn’t his real name. He isn’t really from Santa Fe, New Mexico, like he would have you believe. His father isn’t a writer, and that’s not why they’re moving to Paradise, Ohio, population 5,243. His father isn’t even his father. To put it simply: John Smith isn’t human.
John, (as he is known for the time being, having change his name every time he is forced to move to a new town,) isn’t a normal fifteen-year old boy. He’s an alien from the planet Lorien, brought to Earth ten years ago when the Mogadarian invaded the planet of Lorien and saw to it that everyone was destroyed. Too bad for them that nine children and their guardians (known as Keepers) narrowly escaped with their lives, and fled to Earth.
Each child was hidden with a charm, each given their own amulet that only their kind can wear. With this charm, they cannot be killed out of order of the numbers they have been given—one through nine—so long as they stay apart. It was supposed to keep them safe until they were old enough to develop their Legacies fully, powers that will let them rejoin the Grade, the guardians of Lorien—pretty much superheroes.
But every time one of them is found and killed, the few reminding are burned, their skin imbedded with Lorien symbols as warnings, to let them know that their time is almost up, and their chances of winning this battle are looking darker by the day.
It is up to the remaining six Lorien children to develop their powers, find each other, and defeat the Mogadarian’s once and for all.

I liked this novel. It was a fun, fast-pace book with many ups and downs, and the characters (most of them) were very likeable. But while they were likeable, they just didn’t seem real to me. They didn’t jump off the page and make me just have to turn to the next page to see what would happen, they didn’t force me to keep telling myself, “Just one more chapter, then I’ll go to sleep!” I didn’t feel for any of them. There were moments when I would laugh, smile, frown and even glare at some of the acts that took place in this novel, but overall, I didn’t care for any of the characters apart from Sam, John’s only other friend besides Sarah Hart, the love interest, and Henri, John’s Cépan (guardian, as us humans would call them).
Sam was a very likeable character, even though he was the biggest cliché of all: The nerd who’s very smart and loves anything and everything to do with space, NASA, and aliens.
He’s also the second person to befriend John, the first being Sarah Hart.
Sarah is a photographer and from the very first moment John lays eyes on her at school, she’s taking his picture.
Sarah wasn’t a very strong character in my opinion. She never really did anything too exciting, and I felt like the author almost just threw her in there because he felt that the story needed some romance. Which, I’m not at all against—I just wasn’t feeling it.
They get too close too fast, and never really learn anything at all about each other, except for the whole, “I’m an alien from another planet, but don’t worry, because I’m a good guy” speech.
I mean, they were saying their ‘I love you’s’ soon after just one date. Really, I was hoping that since John is an alien, it would at least took until the end of the book for them to get together.
But I should have known better since the promise of the book is of a fifth-teen year old alien boy who is on the run, and let still has to go to public school.

But I like these aliens of Lorien. They weren’t over done. They looked like humans, with the same needs as us, but they were faster, stronger, and some have powers. I really liked the background information that the author gives us, even though it is brief.

Number Six, who we get to meet at the end of the book seemed like she could very well be the best character in the series so far, but we didn’t get to see or learn much about her. I’m hoping that in the next book, we get to learn more about her and the other children.
Overall, the plot wasn’t very strong, but the writing was very easy and simple to keep up with, without the added feeling that the author was dumbing it down some for his younger audience. While it did get slow in some parts, there were many page-turning scenes, and the ending overall was bittersweet.

I will more than likely read the next instrument of this series, The Power of Six, which will be coming out very soon—August 23rd, to be exact, from Harper Collins.
I would recommend this book if you are a fan of some not so over the top science fiction fantasy.

So if you do read this book or you’ve already read it and didn’t like it—there’s always the movie version, staring Alex Pettyfer. Oh, Alex Rider... that alone should be reason to go see the movie.

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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