I Am Number Four | Pittacus Lore

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.

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How was it?

This is an updated review. I’ve been reading the Lorien Legacies series since it was called the I Am Number Four series. I was reading these books before I even started this blog. I remember this particular book being one of my least favorite of the series, the one I read once and never touched again in ten years.

I still find this book a bit slow going but having ten years of the series under my belt I appreciate it more because I can now see the many foreshadowed events that are hinted about here. That said the same things still bothers me about the characters and the story in this particular novel. John steadily gets annoying in this book, I’ve tried then and now to explain his stubbornness and idiotic mistakes using his age but I still can’t. They don’t make sense for someone who has lived on the run for years and has the scars to prove it. Sarah is the saving grace here, not that she’s better, by being worse she makes him look a tad better. Their romance is useless and not needed so whenever the story digs deeper into that it gets rough. Most of the characters have little depth but the action and the overall plot is entertaining.

In this particular case I saw the movie first, which was not the best but I still liked it, and it was better than most of this book. However, this book sets up a lot more than I realized at the time, minor retcons aside, and it’s the only reason why its ranking went up.

I Am Number Four may not be the most interesting book out there, it doesn’t require too many brain cells, it’s a bit cliché with mostly one dimensional characters, but it does set up the saga to come. A saga that’s worth your time, it’s a necessary step to a bigger and better story.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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