August 31, 2011

Review : I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Title : I Am Number Four
Author : Pittacus Lore
Reading Dates : 10 Jul - 14 Jul 2011
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
The Lorien Legacies
Books in the series so far:
  • I Am Number Four
  • The Power of Six
From goodreads :
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.


Book Review of I Am Number Four.
I Am Number Four doesn’t fall into my personal list of great reads but it does fall into the list of series I’d love to read.

Number Four or John Smith doesn’t strike me as particularly interesting. He may be a likable kid who’s had a difficult life, but I can’t really sympathize with his desire to stop running. John’s feelings for his new girlfriend and best friend just doesn’t seem all that important. To me, it seems more as if he’s going through the motions with Sarah Hart and Sam Goode. The only times when John’s feelings seems real, is when he’s dealing with his Cepan, Henri, or his newly acquired pet, Bernie Kosar.

Aside from that little bump, the story itself had plenty of elements to keep me curious. How could the Lorien’s planet and people have been destroyed so easily ? It there were no warnings, why was an escape route readily available for the nine Garde kids and their Cepan ? What did Henri mean when he told John that their choice of destination this time was no coincidence ? And these are but a small sample of the tantalizing questions that went though my mind as I read the story.

What I really enjoyed about the story though was Bernie Kosar. It wasn’t hard to figure out early on that Bernie Kosar was no ordinary dog and part of the fun was in guessing what John’s new pet would be capable of. It help also that Bernie Kosar is adorable.

Another big draw for me was the title of the next book, The Power of Six. I love reading about themes of family, friendship and unity. So, the idea that maybe the scattered Loriens have decided that the time to start fighting back together is now is one I’m really eager to read about.

As I said, it is the possibilities in the story that has me hooked on this series right now.

My conclusions :
  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Definitely. It's on my wish list.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? I'm reserving judgement until the next book.
  • Who would I recommend this too? If you like action or adventure stories with elements of fantasy, then check this out.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Borrow it and see. It's worth at least one read.

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Books alluded to :

The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set

1 comment:

  1. I am still on the fence on this one.....

    I love the concept but just don't know :(


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