293 of 325 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Pittacus Lore fella sure can spin a yarn...
Man, this book is seriously garnering heaps of exposure, what with its already having been optioned for a movie, this movie scheduled for a 2011 release. I AM NUMBER FOUR, which admittedly is an awesome title, is penned by someone named Pittacus Lore, who claims to be a ten thousand year old space alien seeking to warn us of hostile other aliens currently lurking in our...
Published on July 8, 2010 by H. Bala
188 of 238 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 Stars - Neat Concept, Bad Delivery
Wow, this book has a great concept. Nine children come to earth from a war ravaged planet, the last of their people, and they are seeking to hide amongst us until they come of age so they can come into their 'legacies' and kick some bad-guy fanny. The driving essence of the plot is that the kids are being hunted one-by-one by the bad guys who can only kill them in...
Published on August 4, 2010 by Pam T
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293 of 325 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Pittacus Lore fella sure can spin a yarn...,
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)Man, this book is seriously garnering heaps of exposure, what with its already having been optioned for a movie, this movie scheduled for a 2011 release. I AM NUMBER FOUR, which admittedly is an awesome title, is penned by someone named Pittacus Lore, who claims to be a ten thousand year old space alien seeking to warn us of hostile other aliens currently lurking in our midst. This is cute. Except that two folks named Jobie Hughes and James Frey are the actual authors.
The high stakes premise goes like this: Nine alien children have fled their annihilated homeworld of Lorien and have sought refuge on Earth. Having scattered to the winds, they are being hunted down, one by one, by a separate and malevolent extraterrestrial race from a dying planet. Thanks to a quasi-mystical protective charm placed on the Nine, they can only be killed in order (although, my bet is that Number One doesn't regard this charm as all that "protective"). As the book opens, three of the Nine have already been tracked down and murdered. So we come to Number Four.
His name used to be Daniel Jones. It used to be something else before that, and then something else before that, and so on. Ten years on Earth, ten years of hiding and staying always on the move and staying safe and alive... this is the life of Number Four and his guardian and mentor whose name is Henri (oddly, Henri's alien accent sounds very much like a French accent). Number Four has just collected a new scar circling his right ankle, this an indicator that another of the Nine has been recently slain. Three scarred rings around his ankle, and so Number Four knows he's next. And it's time to pack up the bags again, time again to get the eff out of Dodge.
Henri and Number Four - or "John Smith," his new assumed name - have always gravitated to tiny towns, conjecturing that their hunters would stick out more like sore thumbs in tiny towns. They end up in Paradise, Ohio. For John it's another try at blending in in school but without making friends, because no one can be trusted. Except that it's a little different this time. John Smith befriends a geeky kid who is a science-fiction enthusiast. He adopts a stray mutt named Bernie Kosar (and Bernie Kosar, by the way, is easily the book's breakout character). And John Smith also meets a girl. So much for staying on one's guard.
My first impression, while reading the first few pages of this book, was that this whole thing is very reminiscent of two short-lived television sci-fi shows: THE POWERS OF MATTHEW STAR from the early '80s and, more recently, ROSWELL. But then, pressing on, I guess it's inevitable that comparisons to the X-Men would surface. The Nine teens are holing up while waiting for their superhuman powers (called Legacies) to develop. These Legacies vary, and there's no guessing as to which abilities a Nine would latch up to. Number Four is at that age when his Legacies would shortly begin to crop up. And they do start cropping up, one by one, and there is a really fun factor in watching our sympathetic alien boy try to cope with each incoming talent.
Gratifyingly, the alien hunters from Mogadore aren't only downright intimidating, they seem even more powerful than the Nine and their guardians (and the guardians aren't at all equipped with superpowers). This drives up the suspense. What I AM NUMBER FOUR has going for it is its irresistible sci-fi/superhero premise and a pace that really moves. Number Four is a likable protagonist, although someone needs to explain to him the exact definition of keeping a low profile. After all, dude is supposed to be in hiding and fitting in. He really doesn't do much of either. None of the supporting cast break out of their stereotypical mold, and only the scene-stealing dog Bernie Kosar seems to be an original character. I will say that John's geeky pal Sam does come up with a touching reason for why he's such a sci-fi freak and why he wears those fugly prescription glasses. And as much as I dig Sarah, her and John Smith's teen romance feels like any other teen romance in YA lit. It comes in a nice, predictable package. Sarah is gorgeous and nice... and, well, bland. Another issue I have concerns a high school bully whose turnaround comes too abruptly. Perhaps the most intriguing element in the book concerns the mystery surrounding the very peculiar Bernie Kosar (see how I keep coming back to the dog?).
I AM NUMBER FOUR is the first book in a planned six-book series, and it reads very visual, especially in the explosive action sequences, and no wonder this is being made into a movie. Number Four performs bits of astounding derring-do throughout the book, but things get really amped up during the final 90 pages. It all culminates in one of those blistering "Release the Kraken!" Jim Butcher-type paranormal (except it's sci-fi) shoot-'em-outs. I can see why Bay and Spielberg are salivating so.
I liked this book, and will most definitely be thre when the sequels come out. But here's the thing, if you're hanging your hat on something that's on par with the likes of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series or even Michael Grant's Gone novels, this won't suit you. I AM NUMBER FOUR isn't as immersing or resonant as those books. THE HUNGER GAMES made me well up in places. GONE reads like LORD OF THE FLIES as co-authored by Rod Serling and Stephen King. I AM NUMBER FOUR had me eating up all the "superhero without a costume" elements, and it's always nice when you can transfer yourself onto a central character who is superstrong and superfast and who won't back down from bullies. I did really like that a surprise character shows up very late in the book, and it looks like she'll be heavily featured in future installments. I'll give this one 4 stars out of 5, because I'm shallow like that and big, bold, f/x-heavy fighty fights never ever fail to transfix me. And because the dog Bernie Kosar is in it.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi adventure that guys and girls can get on board with,
This review is from: I Am Number Four Movie Tie-in Enhanced Edition (Lorien Legacies) (Kindle Edition with Audio/Video)In the not so distant past I worked at a few book stores. A problem I ran into frequently was finding books for teen boys. The YA market is flooded with books meant solely for girls. Boys have always been a harder sell when it comes to reading and publishers haven't made it an easier job, especially when they have flooded the teen market with paranormal romance.
So recommendations for teen boys often meant I would recommend The Hunger Games. Unfortunately many guys aren't too keen on reading a book in which the main character is a girl, no matter how good the story is. So after going through the other 5 or 6 good teen guy books I could think of I would often recommend a book in the general fiction and literature section, but parents often fear that their children will encounter questionable subject matter. Which they may, but they should also remember many of the books their children read in school are found in the fiction and literature not the teen section.
I found "I am Number Four" to be a great action adventure, that followed the traditional hero archetype. The main character, number Four or John Smith, is as relatable as a alien teenager on the run can be. The surrounding cast of characters rounds out this alien boys average existence, Henri, his alien guardian/father figure, Sam, his nerdy best friend, Sarah, his crush, and Mark, a bully and Sarah's ex. The story is a super power driven action packed adventure, filled with all the tender feelings and angst that a every teenager has.
It was a quick read. I got through it in about a day and a half. I would recommend this book for anyone over the age of 13. I hope that the quick success of this book will bring about a revamp of the YA publishing field and allow for more guy teen fiction or fiction that can cross gender lines. Anyone that truly enjoyed this book should read The Hunger Games. I can't wait to see the film and read the rest of the series. Happy reading to you all.
188 of 238 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 Stars - Neat Concept, Bad Delivery,
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)Wow, this book has a great concept. Nine children come to earth from a war ravaged planet, the last of their people, and they are seeking to hide amongst us until they come of age so they can come into their 'legacies' and kick some bad-guy fanny. The driving essence of the plot is that the kids are being hunted one-by-one by the bad guys who can only kill them in numeric order. And our hero, John, is #4 and #3 just got snuffed.
The fact that there's already a movie shooting didn't hurt my expectations either. I was smiling cheerfully until I got four chapters into the book. Then it occurred to me that The Movie probably came first and that the book was just something thrown together by people who aren't all that familiar with how good YA (young adult) literature is these days.
Good idea or not, "I am Number Four" has flat characters and utter predictability. There's also almost no descriptive writing -- like you'd find in a movie script. Not that you need much help to envision 'Mark' the smalltown, football star/bully who is jealous that John is now dating his beautiful ex-cheerleader girlfriend. (And yes, she's very blonde, smart, and has a beautiful eyes.)
"I notice a girl taking pictures, moving easily from one group to the next. She's shockingly beautiful with straight blond hair past her shoulders, ivory skin, high cheekbones, and soft blue eyes. Everyone seems to know her and says hello to her, and no one objects to her taking their pictures.
"She sees me, smiles and waves. I wonder why and turn to see if someone is behind me....
"'Don't be shy.'
"'I'm not. Just trying to protect you lens. My face might break it."
I read a lot of YA, MG (Middle-grade) and kidlit, and this book doesn't compare well to "Hunger Games", Percy Jackson, or Mo Willems.
Except for the plentiful scenes with kissing and the one (two?) moments when something interesting might have happened had-they-not-been-interrupted, this book would be perfect for Older Elementary aged kids[AR 4.0] and Middle-schoolers looking for a fun read.
Personally, I think YA'ers would be better off reading "Split" or "Mockingjay" or re-reading something they loved.
Middle-graders would better be directed to Gary Paulsen, "The Red Pyramid", or "Smells Like Dog". Something with adventure or humor or both if they are looking for a lighter read.
Reading level - 4th Grade
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "He said confusedly",
Before I wrestle those demons though, I want to start straight off and say that I saw the movie first. I had heard about the book from a few friends, but hadn't really looked into it myself. But, the movie previews looked reasonably enjoyable. I like action, explosions and super powers. Frankly I was expecting two hours of mind numbing violence and cool chase scenes.
Well, um, turns out I kinda sorta really liked the movie. A lot. It reminded me a bit of Xmen, a lot of Smallville and a touch of Jumper, and it's a good mix. There's romance as well, but it never overpowered the plot. After seeing it a second time, I decided I had to get the book. I wanted a little more depth to the story and figured it would expand much further in text. They were all likable characters in the movie; I wanted to know more about them.
This brings us to my demons. This book is written by two different people and holy cow can you tell. The problem is that one writer is better than the other. Some of the chapters are so dry and brittle that I caught myself staring at the wall instead of reading. There is a minuscule (if any) amount of description or narrative voice when these pieces of the books pop up, and it reads more like a grocery list.
- I just entered a house.
- There is a couch.
- A girl was sitting on the couch.
- I hope Sara likes me.
- Golly Mark is a jerk.
This is NOT what I had in mind. I wanted expansion, not limitation. What goes on inside John's head? I dunno. Not very much apparently. Did you notice the title of this review? It's coined from the book. What ever happened to show, don't tell? Principle writing rules? Taking your audience seriously? It does not exist when author 1 is writing.
Author 2's parts of the book are much more bearable because there's actual description and prose and even a few metaphors (hey, take what you can get). John actually has personality. There's even emotion! Whoa! It's a good thing the better of the two wrote the 'planet being destroyed' sections. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't horrible either. It was just... so painfully ordinary. I didn't want ordinary. I wasn't expecting Stephen King or JK Rowling here, but something other than "the sky looked blue today. I'm wearing nike sneakers." would have sufficed.
Most of it takes place in school, and a lot of the conflicts deals with John acting out life as a typical kid (aside from flashlight hands). Do you remember very much from every day of school? No? That's because it's usually BORING. And it's going to stay BORING unless you tackle it from an interesting angle. This. Should. Be. Easy. The plot is about a kid with developing superpowers who is on the run from evil bad guys that wants to kill everybody. How do you make that boring? How? Smallville had school romance in it, and the two genre's mixed well. It honestly reads like they intentionally dumbed down the writing as much as possible so that any person could read it. This story deserves strong characterization and descriptive writing. It's an honest shame it turned out how it did.
I'll end with admitting that I'm slightly off of the target audience list. I'm 20 and in college, and this is geared more towards jr high and high school. Regardless, I read a lot of YA books, and even when I was in middle school I was diving into literature with way more complex language than this. I'm seriously shocked how simple it is. It's insulting, especially for the target audience. This is the bare bones of writing. You'd find more creative sentences in a diary entry.
My final verdict is this: Loved the movie, wasn't wowed by the book, hoping they make film sequels so I can still get the rest of the story without reading the next novel.
edit: While looking around the net for other I am Number Four reviews, I stumbled on something a little disturbing. James Frey (he wrote A Million Little Pieces, a supposed memoir where he lied about everything which, by the way, is the direct opposite of a 'memoir' is one of the two people who worked on it. By 'worked on it' I mean had someone else do most of the writing and come up with the idea and then not really give them credit or money (that someone was Jobie Hughes). Frey is currently running a so called young adult fiction machine; basically an assembly line made up of inexperienced, new writers who are desperate to make a name for themselves. He wants to mass produce the "next Harry Potter", as he put it. I don't freaking think so, buddy.
If you google "james frey full fathom five" you'll dig up plenty of information on it, including a ridiculous contract.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story,
Although I'm way beyond being a teen, I do enjoy young adult stories and this is definitely of that genre. It's nice to sometimes read a book where sex is not the primary motivation for everything and present in every chapter. This book has the requisite "love" story, a pretty girl, a human bully, a human nerd, lots of action, great character development and the author does not "talk down" to the reading audience. One warning for the reader however, I was left feeling that there are going to be more of these books coming. Not necessarily a bad thing, if the author can keep it to a set number of books in the series. A trilogy, perhaps. I would not like to see this go on too long as it would become too much like "Star Trek: Voyager", a never ending quest for the unattainable. The ending was satisfactory, even given the probability of more books to come. I would definitely read the next book, should there be one.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but it's not Science Fiction,
What I was expecting was Science Fiction. What I got was Fantasy. Just because it has aliens from space doesn't mean it's SF. To be Science Fiction, the elements in the story have to have a basis in possible Science. It doesn't have to be proven science, it doesn't have to be fully comprehensible science, but it has to have some degree of plausibility.
For example, if the Loric people had a rocket which used crystals instead of oil or gasoline (which they did, see page 115) then yes, that counts as science, even though the crystals are fictitious. But when you have a lock protected by a Loric CHARM that can't be broken, that's MAGIC, and that's Fantasy.
The whole premise of the "number charm" is fantasy, not science. So it was clear from page 6 that this book had some serious science flaws. The magical elements in the story that gave me the most trouble:
1. The "number charm" with its amulets and magical scars (p.6)
2. The super-lock that can only be opened by Henri and Four together, only after the Legacies have started to develop, but which is magical enough to "know" if Henri is dead, in which case Four would be able to open it by himself (p 78).
3. The Loric Solar System (p. 175). Four asks, "How is this even possible?" and Henri answers "It's a special place, John. An old magic exists at its very core."
4. On page 391, when the Mogadorian soldier is fighting John, his sword comes alive with power. Okay, maybe science. But when a dagger comes flying off the tip, and then the dagger grows and becomes consumed in flames, I just can't suspend my disbelief. Magic.
5. Page 362: the Healing Stone. Okay, it's a stone from Lorien that heals if used right away. Could be science. But wait! It only works when the injury was done with intent to kill or harm. Hmmm... that's magic, then.
By page 380, I found myself hoping that Four would get killed like Three had, to advance the plot line and end the agony of this contrived story. But of course, I knew that it wouldn't happen that way.
Other questions and concerns which made it difficult for me to rate this book more generously: Mogadurians disintegrate into ash when they die? They have huge beasts in caves on earth without being noticed but in proximity to any numbered Loriens they find? They just truck them about when needed and nobody has ever noticed for 10 years?
Why take 4-year-olds? Why not 12-year-olds? Why bother enrolling in school at all if you're moving on average of once every 4 months?
How is it that Henri is so good at forgery? Why is Henri the only French name they use? Why does Six never get a name? Why did she not sign the fax she sent? (Are you number four?)
Why is it impossible not to picture Spy vs. Spy from Mad Magazine when the Mogadurian scouts are described? Was it not over the top when the Mogadurian's cannon became part of his arm?
The closer I got to the merciful end of this book, the more I realized that it's not just Fantasy fiction. It's comic. It's farce. It's parody. But it's not Science Fiction. And it's certainly not the great story I was hoping to read.
159 of 216 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Guide on How Not to Write A Book,
Of all the books I've ever read, this is the worst. The writing is atrocious - the reader is consistently told who these characters are and what is happening in the most colourless language possible. Parts of the description are actually laughable.
"We go inside and she takes me on a tour. It's a great house. A classic family home with bedrooms on the second floor, an attic where one of her brothers has his room, and all of the living spaces - the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room - on the first floor." This example pretty much follows throughout the entire book - we are given bland, generic treatments of everything from setting to characters - things that tell us NOTHING about them. An actual description of the house in terms of its decor, style, what sorts of things the family keeps, might have given us an idea about Sarah's character and her family, but it seems the author goes out of their way to keep everyone, including the main character, as anonymous silhouettes with no tangible identity. It's a great house because it has bedrooms an attic and living areas? I suppose every house is pretty spiffy then.
I thought perhaps the plot would save this train wreck, but I was sorely disappointed. A premise that promised suspense, sci fi and break-neck pacing managed to peter out after a single chapter. Despite the fact John is being hunted by a savage alien race - and his death is imminent, as he's next on the chopping block, for 200 pages of exposition not a single alien has shown up, nor any significant sign of danger. Instead we're hand-fed a crudely spun romance between John and Sarah - a girl we are told is beautiful, blonde and intelligent (over and over again) but who has less personality than an elastic band. Every interaction between these two characters is less interesting than the last. They walk, they hold hands, they kiss. Rinse and repeat. Beyond her apparent good looks, we're never given an idea of what he sees in her, or her in him. Yet (much later) on page 250 after a near escape from Mogadorians (which somehow also managed to be just as boring as the happy couple's dates), we're asked to believe that John and Henri will now risk their lives and (potentially) the lives of their entire race by staying put so John can continue to kiss his girlfriend. Gag me.
For a story about aliens this sure lacks anything alien. So far this is a mundane high school romance - as cliched as they come. John behaves like a regular human boy, except that he has flash light hands and telekinesis. There is so little to hint at the behaviours, customs, culture and lifestyles of the race these two main characters embody. We're supposed to be reading this through the eyes of an alien - so to him wouldn't some human customs seem strange? Guess not...
Most fanfiction authors could claim to have written a more honest, heartfelt story. At this point I'm convinced it was written solely to hype up the movie. I'm extremely put off - I was told this would be as good as The Hunger Games. That is an insulting comparison. Do yourself a favour: either get it from the library or just watch the movie, but certainly don't spend money on this book.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad news: there's another five of these planned,
The concept is very similar to the Twilight series - except here we have an alien rather than a vampire and it's written from his point of view rather than hers. There is the same stereotype mix of school kids - one outsider (alien with superpowers), one cute girl who falls in love with outsider for no apparent reason, one jock who similarly hates outsider for equally no apparent reason and a geek who likes outsider for.... well you've guessed it.
The alien, residing under the name of John Smith (no, really), is from the planet Lorien which has been invaded by the evil Mogadorians. (In one of the many cheap steals, Lorien has been sending representatives to Earth for centuries and are partly responsible for things like the pyramids) Only a handful of Loriens escaped and are now relentlessly pursued by the Mogadorians who, and this is the only clever twist presented here, have to kill the nine child escapees in order as a result of some kind of Loric charm come combination lock. Three are dead and John Smith is the fourth.
It's pretty obvious where this is all going from the first few pages and it gets there in an amiable if predictable way, before completely losing the plot in the big finale that will have most readers rolling their eyes.
Marketed as one of those books that appeal to young adults and adults alike - it may well appeal to young adults but the simplistic writing and predictability ought to put off anyone past the age of about 16. Young adults deserve better fare than this lazy, cliché-ridden book. I suspect marketing will win out over writing quality in the end though and it will probably be what everyone is reading when the film comes out. Certainly the writing is more even than in the Twilight series, but that's not saying a great deal. However, I tired of the constant repetition that is a feature of both series of books and the predictability is laughable. Smith is developing his superpowers (called legacies here) in some kind of alien puberty - he becomes fire resistant. Hmmm wonder if a house is going to catch fire. Worse, Smith cannot tell that there's something strange about his dog. How anyone can be that dumb and be the saviour of their apparently advanced race is a mystery.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish and Cliche (Contains some spoilers),
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That alone is strange since the story is a first person narrative told from the point of view of John. So why didn't the Author use John's name as his pen name?
Anyway, that's kind of nitpicky.
Looking beyond that I can imagine the proposal for this book sounded pretty good. Nine alien children fleeing a besieged world head to Earth in order to hide from the evil forces of another alien race. To ensure their safety they scatter to the four corners of the globe and will remain invulnerable to their enemies attacks... unless they are killed in numerical order.
Yeah, that last part got me too. Especially when the extent of this invulnerability charm was explained by the author. This is where a huge plot hold is explained which opens up some minor spoilerage. You see, the kids remain invulnerable unless the child whose number falls before theirs is killed OR any two ore more of the children are brought together.
See the problem? The ridiculously named bad guys (Mogodorians) have to either kill these young children from #1 (who, unfortunately is never invulnerable since he/she is the first.. which pretty much sucks) to #2 all the way to #9 which is, to put it bluntly, ridiculous as a plot device... OR they grab kid #1 and hold the little rugrat hostage until they find #2 and then throw the two of them in the same room. BANG! No more invulnerability for any of the 9 kids and the Mogodorians can simply kill them while they are powerless elementary age children.
No effort is made to explain the ridiculously contrived 'Charm' that is supposed to ensure their survival nor is any explaination given as to how the Mogodorians know anything about it.
The rest is just amateurish writing across the board, infrequent and poorly choreographed "Action" scenes, no character development what-so-ever (you can find better an more in-depth character development in the old Choose Your Own Adventure books), setting descriptions with no real detail...
Regardless, this book should never have been published. It reads like a rough draft that hasn't seen an editor or even been reread by the author. It's terrible. Finding out that the "Author" of the book is also James Frey as part of some scam he's devised makes a lot of sense though.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yearning to Read Review,
He is Number Four, sent to Earth to carry on the Legacies of Lorien with eight others, called the Garde, after his beautiful planet was destroyed by the Mogadorians. John and his protector, or Cepan, Henri, have moved for what feels like the millionth time, because Number Three has just been murdered by the Mogadorians. And John is next in line to die.
But what John finds in his new town, Paradise, Ohio - will it be worth risking death for?
My thoughts -
Everything about this book caught me by surprise, swept me off my feet, and I fell in love... Kind of Prince-Charming-Disney-Style. Except, this much much more serious stuff than Disney.
And you know, while this book was so freaking amazing and I would like to tell everyone about it and have them go read it asap, I don't really feel like I have to write a "SQUEEEEEE" kind of review. This book has a startling confidence about it. Like, "So what? You don't want to read me? You don't like alien stories? Well think again." I know that me talking from a book's perspective marks my downfall into insanity, but it's so true. If this book could talk, that's what it would say.
Aliens, beasts, scary guys, other life-sustaining planets, super-powers... I loooove this kind of stuff. It gets me excited; it thrills. It's a crazy outlook, bizarre, strange, but totally fun nonetheless. If this was an alien book, like, say, Transformers-ish, then I'd say think twice before you read it in case you think alien stuff is stupid. But what if I told you this book has more to offer than just sci-fi? What if I told you that this story is way more emotional, has way more personality, and has way better characters than your average alien story? What if I said that everyone should give it a try, regardless of what they think about aliens? I really, really hope you do.
Character notes -
John's voice is unmistakable. It was defined from page one, a beautiful piece of consistency that pulled me in. I was drawn to John's character immediately and deeply cared for him within the first few chapters. His longing to permanently call some place home and build a life, as well as his developing Legacies and discoveries of his past, all help make him a stronger person. The trials he goes through surprised me with how intense they were. I never expected one event after the other to happen, and neither did John, of course. Seeing him respond well to bad situations and use his AWESOME Legacies only added to my elation.
Every other character was equally well-developed, as side characters should be. Henri and John were the perfect pair, Garde and Cepan, scouting Earth together in search of refuge. Sam was an awesome best friend. He made me laugh; for some reason he was such a crack up to picture, so nerdy and adorable. Sarah was John's perfect other half and their relationship displayed a beautiful, unconditional kind of love that just melted me. She was so strong; I found myself wishing I was more like her.
Story notes -
If the author(s) ever decided to write random stories about John's life before Paradise, Ohio, I'd read them. I'd read all the little details. His life (and character) would never get boring. I would follow all the steps of his life until he died. That's how interesting I Am Number Four was! From the first pages I wanted to know everything I could about John, Lorien, Henri, and the Mogadorians. I wanted adventure, intense scenes, emotion, sweetness, and a meaningful, unforgettable climax. I got all that, and more. I loved every moment, every single twist in the story. It was so...different. From anything I've read. It flowed, built; the climax was nearly one hundred pages long. One thing strung to another in a heap of vivid scenes and beautiful prose. The story held me emotionally, and with the last pages I could feel my eyes prick with tears at the bittersweet ending!
Summing it up -
Mighty. That's how I think of John, of his story. I was continually shocked by a book much better than I expected, by consistency, a strong voice, lovable characters, a flipping awesome story line, and very beautiful writing. (At first, I didn't know if I'd like the writing with all the short sentences, but once again, John's voice was too amazing not to like. The writing now stands out to me as great.) I also loved the dialogue. It inspired me in my own writing and gave me a fresh perspective on my story. Whether I like the second book (The Power of Six) or not, I'm buying the first, because as a quick inspiration it will always be a first choice. And while I'll miss John's perspective, I'm looking forward to seeing how two male authors deal with a girl's voice fora change...and I can't wait to see how the story continues! (And ends...? Will this be the end??)
For the parents -
Brief language. D**k repeated a lot. S**t and d**n as well. Sometimes the cussing is funny because one of the characters mixes up cuss words all the time. John/Sarah kiss; two passionate kisses, no details. They lie in bed together, but nothing happens except one time they kiss (again, no details). Short references to drinking/making out at a party. 14+
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