Title: I Am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: August 3, 2010
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
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.
I AM NUMBER FOUR.
I AM NEXT.
I got this book a couple weeks back and I couldn't wait to read it. I had started it but I then put it on the back burner as it was at a slow part and I wanted to read other things. When I went back to it a few days ago, I was hooked immediately. I don't understand how I could have let that one little slow part stop me from reading the rest of this amazing book.
The cover of this book is just plain intriguing. For the time I was reading a lot, and I mean a lot, of people asked me what book I was reading and if they could read the back cover. It was that eye grabbing, jumping off the shelf, wowing cover. I really like the font though. It's very military or stenciled looking. And the pattern in the background and how in looks white hot and burned in. Personally, I think it represents circular scars that all the Lorien Legacies get when one of the nine dies. What do you guys think?
The characters in this book are great. I love Henri and how nice, supportive and dad-like he was to John (aka number four). Sarah was a great love interest who was truly in love with John, and she made a great love interest for such a unique book. And then John. He was a character that I found grew throughout the entire book into his destiny. And then the characters that cropped up along the way were great and funny and unexpected. I just adored the characters in this book.
The writing and story in this book were wicked. The writing was fun, entertaining and serious all at the same time. And my only problem about this whole book was at times it got slow. But other than that, the story progressed at a great rate. It never rushed and only rarely did it slow down. The ending was also great! The ending was not so much a cliff hanger, but it also left me yearning for the next book.
In the end, I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they are a big reader or not. That's why I Am Number Four deserves a 4.5/5 with no doubt.