Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore [Review]

2.5 out of 5 Robots!

I Am Number Four
By Pittacus Lore
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Release: August 3, 2010
Hardcover: 440 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
There were nine. Three are dead. I Am Number Four.

Nine teenagers and their guardians are hiding on Earth... protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in numeric order, three are already dead. John Smith is Number Four. And his mortal enemies, the Mogadorian, are hunting him down.

The only way to keep off radar is to keep moving, never staying in one place for long. Finally in the firing line, all he can do is adopt the guise of a student and pray his unusual gifts—his legacies home; Planet Lorien—stay hidden long enough for him to settle into this new community.

But others seem to sense his otherness and when small-town life sucks him into its intrigues, it’s only a matter of time before his true nature is revealed. And that means there’s no space for love, friendship or a future if it means protecting not only himself, but the other five...

Shannon's Thoughts:
Meh.  That is exactly how I felt reading I Am Number Four.  It isn't that it is bad per se, but it is just extremely forgettable.  The story starts out slow and ends with a bang.  I kept hoping I would be more into the book once the excitement starting ramping up, but I still felt pretty apathetic by the end.

The biggest problem is the writing.  It is unimaginative and flat.  The writing is so plain, I felt I was reading a police report.  Also, there is nothing unique about the plot or characters.  There is almost no character building.  This is especially evident when John Smith falls in love with a local high schooler named Sarah.  I can't tell you a single thing about her.  You are never given any idea of her personality.  And because of that, it is really hard to understand the love between her and John.  It is not enough to be told about feeling, readers need to be shown them.

All in all, maybe younger readers would enjoy this book more.  But for most, I think your time would be better spent reading something else.

Books in order they should be read:
1. I am Number Four:  The Lost Files: Six's Legacy (#0.5)
2. I am Number Four (#1)
3. The Power of Six (#2)
4. I am Number Four: The Lost Files: Nine's Legacy (#2.5) 

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