Saturday, November 27, 2010

Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

John Smith has just arrived in Paradise, Ohio, just another stop in a string of small towns where the 15-year-old has been hiding out from the Mogadorians. Those terrifying aliens are hellbent on destroying him and the other nine Loric children who have sought refuge on Earth. The Mogadorians are picking off the surviving kids in numerical order. The first three are dead and John's number is up. Will his Legacies, his defining super powers, develop in time for him to fight against the enemy? I Am Number Four is a breathless page-turner of a sci-fi novel that will have readers rooting for the teen alien who must unleash his fire power to save himself, his human friends, and the planet. This is the first of a slated multi-book series that, judging by this first book, will help reinvigorate a traditional YA genre that's grown a bit light on strong character development. So, gear-up sci-fi fans, the battle for Earth is on and there's a new kid in town!

I Am Number Four is a fast-paced book involving aliens and the world's impending doom. I would have to say that I definitely enjoyed this book. It was a fun read full of action and adventure, but I feel like it was written to be a movie especially since the movie was pretty much filmed before the book even came out. Nevertheless, if you like science fiction and aliens, then you will like this book. I did find it to be a bit predictable though. Everything that I thought would happen did.

This is the type of book that is hard to put down. There is so much going on that the only part I found to be slow was the big battle scene. It just seemed too long, which made it kind of boring. Besides that, I loved reading this book. The characters were easily likeable. My favorite character is the dog, Bernie Kosar. He is awesome! Some of the characters' development seemed premature like how Mark suddenly became BFFs with Number Four even though they were enemies before.

I am looking forward to watching the movie when it comes out. From the previews, it seems to be just like the book: full of action and adventure with aliens! Even though I had some problems with this book, overall I enjoyed it. I will definitely read the sequel.

Rating: 3.5/5

Swords are for fighting,

1 comment:

  1. This was on my list of books to read, but after finding out about the whole James Frey debacle I'm not sure I want to read it at all. Nor watch the movie. I wonder now if they will continue writing the series now that the actual author is no longer part of the project?