My Thoughts About I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies #1) (Book Review #35)

4 stars out of 5. Adventure, mystery, drama and romance. This is a book that has all of that.

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The books follows the story of two Lorics, from the planet of Lorien, living with us, humans. We have John and Henri. Henri serving as the guardian (or Cepan in the Loric language) of John. In their world every new born is assigned a Cepan to guide the child in learning the things around them especially their powers. John and Henri have been here on Earth for ten years now and always switching places for they are trying to avoid a group of other aliens, the Mogadorians, who are pursuing them. John and Henri were sent to the earth along with other eight children and eight Cepans when the Mogadorians invaded their planet in the hope that one day hey will come back on their planet and start again. Upon reaching the earth they had to move separate ways for it to be harder for them to be tracked in cases the Mogadorians come. Each child was tagged with number from one to nine and there was a spell that was cast that the Mogadorians do need to kill them in order for it to be successful. John was tagged as the #4. The Mogadorians eventually followed them hereon Earth. Number one, two and three were already killed. And John is next.

“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

We then follow John as they settle in the little town of Paradise, Ohio with the hope that the Mogadorians won’t be able to track them there. Knowing that the first three were already killed they were also rushing for John’s power to surface because without his power there is no way that they can beat the Mogadorians. We also follow John as he tries to live a normal life. Going to school, making new friends, dealing with the bullies and also falling in love with a girl named Sarah. Then it became a roller coaster ride as their fears comes to worst when their enemies eventually found them then eventually knowing that the Mogadorians has plans of also invading the Earth.

After reading the first few chapters, the book drew me in instantly. I watched the movie before reading the book and I must say that I did enjoy both although the book of course is way better than the movie (like what usually happens).

I was able to appreciate the author’s take on an out of this world premise because he was able to pull it off. I like how imaginative it is. Although there are still some loose ends, which is normal for a first book.

“We don’t have to be defined by the things we did or didn’t do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it’s a regret, maybe it’s not. It’s merely something that happened. Get over it.”
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

I like how the author presented the world and its history as not being so confusing. I like how the mixture of present day was combined with the origin of the main protagonist without me getting so confused with what I’m reading. I like how there was a good balance between me asking questions and getting the answer afterwards while reading it.

The climax of the book is exciting. It was well well-written and fast paced and made up for the lack of depth of the characters. I like how descriptive the author in each scenes. The middle part is just a little dragging but picked up the pace on the ending. Excitement builds up as the the reading progresses. I also like how the author was able to make the transition of the scenes so perfect.

The only shortcoming for me about this book is with its characterization. I just felt like the author presented somewhat generic and flat characters. We have this teen guy tried to be in terms with his every new environment, a beautiful girl who is the love interest of the main protagonist, a geeky side kick, a guardian/parent and bullies who torments the main characters. They lacked depth and development. I was not able to fully connect to any of them considering that their personalities were presented in a shallow way. It should have been more engaging if each characters were given more depths. I’m hoping that the next book will make up with it.

“Best way to deal with fear is to confront it.”
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

I also like how the author gave us something to ponder about how we should take care of our environment and how our every action affect our world.

Overall, the book is a quick and easy science fiction read. 4 stars out of 5.

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