Goodreads: I Am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore
Published: 3rd February 2010 (Penguin)
Source: Bought it from TheWorks
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “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.”
(Disclaimer: I watched the movie first. Don’t slap me.)
Review: Been wanting to read this for a while, it didn’t disappoint. Really liked it. I don’t get all the hate the movie got, I didn’t think it was half-bad. I was expecting the book to be very much the same as the movie. Some parts were but the rest wasn’t. Which is a nice surprise. Nothing worse than reading a book already knowing every little detail.
Here something to think about. Why are there spiders on the book cover? Freaked me out a little when I realized what it was. Ew.
The romance side to it wasn’t over the top or gross. It didn’t take him half the book to win her heart, which you already saw coming from a mile off. Nothing worse than when they drag it out for no reason, other than to pee off the reader. I like how the character Mark was done, you have to have a bully in a school based book. The author didn’t hide the fact that he was a bit of a whim. How he also changed at the end was very well done.
The pacing was great, kept you interested all throughout, without any of the long boring moments. Sometimes when the hero has powers, they are like amazing right off the bat. I like how in this, he had to work at it and work at it hard, to get better. It wasn’t here’s your magical power, you’ve won. The big battle scene at the end was really good too. It wasn’t one sided, you could see their inexperience in the way they fought. It allowed the scenes to be more realistic. More of a learning curve for the characters for the rest of the series.
I love a series but sometimes it really is like 6 more books?! Where will I find the time.
Would I recommend it? Yes.