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.
About The Author
Pittacus Lore is Lorien’s ruling Elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years, preparing for the war that will decide Earth’s fate. His whereabouts are unknown.
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Comments about I Am Number Four:
This book was a quick read and something the movie version had inspired me to give a go.
The treatment of our main (alien) characters, John and Henri, was great – I loved how they explored their failings and had to grow throughout the arc of the story… if only that theme had extended to the remainder of the cast, because at the end of the day I did not feel like I had read anything new, or something with a unique twist. I loved how the Nine Lorien were connected and could feel each others deaths, but after that, originality went out the window. The story could have been epic but failed to live up to its potential.
The narration of the novel flowed nicely and it was easy to escape into the world of a threatened alien species. I felt too much information dumping at times and would have thought a conversation between John and Henri or John and Sarah a better mode of revealing occasional facts. The narration in itself lacked some tension – although it was a great high stakes story with plenty of action, the pacing needed a little something to turn it from a fun read to something outstanding.
My favourite character would have to be Six – she had an edge and plenty of butt-kicking.
Our antagonists (the Mogodorians) felt completely two dimensional - leaving the book feeling more like a read targeted towards a juvenile market. These baddies came off more 'camp' than 'menacing' - not so scary.
I'd recommend either for a leisurely afternoons entertainment, but don't expect it to rock your world.
Series: I Am Number Four (Paperback)
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 23rd August 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.55 x 13.56 x 3.12
Weight (kg): 0.37