I am Number Four, Lorien Legacies Book #1
Author: Pittacus Lore (James Frey & Jobie Hughes )
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: This is a great example of a book which blends genres well. I mean, it has teenage aliens with magic powers, a loyal canine companion, and just a splash of romance. What more do you need? If you just said, "an adorable, nerdy best friend" then grab a copy, because it has one of those too.
I read a lot of mixed reviews for this. People complained that it was too predictable or that the writing was too choppy. This is a fast paced and fun book to read. The characters are pretty believable, though a few are just two dimensional stock. They don't stick around long enough for you to care. The love interest is the popular girl who dated the bully, football player who can get away with anything because of his athletic ability and that is cliche, but it is not the main focus of the story. And let's not forget that these things do actually happen in life, sometimes they are going to happen in books as well.
John Smith AKA Number Four has been on the run with Henri, his guardian, since they came to Earth ten years ago. They move from small town to small town, waiting for John's powers to develop and hope the Mogadorians, don't find them.
Now, I need to watch the movie and compare. I have heard that some people enjoyed the movie more than the book, which is rare.
Recommendation: This will definitely appeal to younger teenage boys.
Next Week: TBD