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.
Book: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Series: Lorien Legacies, #1
Rating: (3 Zombies)
I'd just like to start by saying that I don't approve of James Fray's Fiction Factory, nor do I approve of the fact that the "author" and book names rhyme. I hate rhyming. And using the pen name Pittacus Lore was just plain dumb, since he is some semi-mythological dude from the books. Way to put yourself up on a pedestal, yeah?
Okay, now that that mini-rant is over, I'll move on to the actual review. I Am Number Four is full of action and angst, but not much more. It is entertaining, for sure, but not very substantial. Which is not necessarily a bad thing for everyone. There is nothing at all imaginative about it, but it's still fun to read.
The main character, John, was nothing special, but he didn't piss me off too much, so point for him. Most of the side characters, excluding the love interest Sarah, were also un-annoying. Sam was cool, Mark was kind of a dick, but since Jake Abel plays him in the movie, all is forgiven. Henri was my absolute favorite character, without a doubt (He was shit awesome, LOL. Inside joke.). He rocked.
The end sucks, and that's all I'm going to say about it. Not much I can say without spoiling everything. If you want a quick read that won't challenge you but is still very entertaining, I Am Number Four would be a safe choice.