Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Rating: 2/5 stars

Series: Lorien Legacies #1 | Published: February 3rd 2011 by Penguin
Pages: 391 | Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Status: read from August 13 to August 14, 2017
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The door starts shaking. It's a flimsy thing made of bamboo shoots held together with tattered lengths of twine.

I'm afraid this wasn't very good. It was not my cup of tea. I'm not really surprised that I wasn't into I Am Number Four, to be fair. My expectations were low and I'm okay with the book not proving me wrong. This was just something I read because I bought it earlier that day on a whim, for really cheap. I think it ruined it for me watching the story before reading it. If compared to the movie, the book felt kind of childish and dull. The movie was better.

The story was missing something I cannot put my finger on, but I could feel it throughout the whole book. The story wasn't particularly boring, just not that entertaining. The characters were boring though, very plain. And they were so young. 15? 16? Number 4 isn't 15. It doesn't feel right to me.

And I cannot forget to say this: I Am Number Four and the Lux series (especially books 4 and 5) are so similar. The alien invation part, the dying planet part, the evil aliens vs. the good aliens. So many similarities. I just wanted to add that. Also, I Am Number Four was published before the Lux series... Lux is still better though.

What is it about?

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.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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