I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

This book had a great adventure!  I started it and felt the writing come from a male pov and it was nice (seeing as I had been reading all these books about girls and their love triangles).  It didn’t deal with the girly gushy feelings and had a great portrayal of what a guy goes through to protect himself, his “dad”, and his girl.  But he’s an alien…dun dun dun!

Title: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)

Author: Pittacus Lore

Summary (by 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.


My take:

I loved the adventure in this book.  You know how books will get up to that crucial fight and it seems to be over in 2 pages?  Not this one! The author made the ultimate showdown last a couple of chapters.  It was definitely a nail biter!!

What I also liked too, was the fact that although the author wanted you to believe in aliens, he pulled out some awesome alien theories.  So in order to keep the character’s cover,  they come up with the most ridiculous ideas about aliens that makes you wanna do a snort giggle.  Seriously, a snort giggle.


“Well, did you know that dinosaurs really didn’t go extinct? Aliens were so fascinated by them that they decided to gather them all up and take them to their own planet.”


“Did you know that the Loch Ness monster was really an animal from the planet Trafalgra? They brought him here as an experiment, to see if he could survive, and he did.  But when he was discovered the aliens had to take him back, which is why he was never spotted again.”

How did he come up with that?  …wait are those really conspiracies?

Number four is aka: John Smith.  Taaaaaaaalk about name creativity.  He and his “guardian”, Henri, are moving from their current location to a new town, new school, new home, and new identities.  The reason for their move is that Number One, Two, and Three have been killed…they are now after him.  Some crazy tattoo shows up on John when each “person” has been killed.  Kicker is…they have to be killed in order, so John knows for sure the Mogadorians are after him next and laying low is numero uno on his list of things to do.

John starts to make friends, gets into a few tiffs with the jocks, and finds himself a girl that he falls hard for.  All in all, he sounds like a normal guy, except his Legacies (superpowers) start kicking in and John starts being able to do some crazy cool things which almost get him into the headlines of the newspapers.

The author made the superpowers seem believable and the fact that it’s like he has to wait for them to show up or mature in order to gain the powers was a cool concept for me.  Normally it’s like Superman and he’s just been flying around since he’s been in diapers.  The author did a great job with the relationships aspect and seriously major props to the final showdown.

This is part of a series.  *ducks behind couch*  I know I’ve been doing a lot of reviews on books that are in a series…but it’s not my fault!  Tell the authors not to be so greedy and I wouldn’t have to pass along great books that you have to sit around a year to find out what happens next!  Although, this book didn’t have a cliff hanger…the next book is about Number 7, I believe.

Lemme know what you think.  This one has been different than the other books I’ve been reading recently.


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