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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) [Paperback]

Pittacus Lore
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Book Description

3 Feb 2011 Lorien Legacies

They killed Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

And Number Three in Kenya.

John Smith is not your average teenager.

He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him.

But you can't run forever.

So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about - and who care about him. Never in John's short life has there been space for friendship, or even love.

But it's just a matter of time before John's secret is revealed.

He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed.

John is Number Four. He knows that he is next . . .

Praise for Pittacus Lore:

'Tense, exciting, full of energy' Observer

'Relentlessly readable' The Times

'Set to eclipse Harry Potter and moody vampires. Pittacus Lore is about to become one of the hottest names on the planet' Big Issue

'Tense, keeps you wondering' Sunday Times

Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games - I Am Number Four is the first book in Pittacus Lore's Lorien Legacies series and is now a major Disney film. Pittacus Lore is Lorien's ruling elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years preparing for the war that will decide Earth's fate. His whereabouts are unknown.

Look out for the next books in the Lorien Legacies, The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141330864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141330860
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifically propulsive. --Booklist

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Pittacus Lore is a Loric Elder, from the Planet Lorien, which is three hundred million miles away. He is approximately ten thousand years old. He has been to earth hundreds of times, and he is here now.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 9 Aug 2011
I bought this as a package deal since I was buying my wife two books at the time and got 1 free. I chose this based upon nothing more than there wasn't anything else that caught my eye in those few minutes of looking.

I read the blurb when I actually decided to start reading this and my heart sank; alien invasion, people with superpowers and a storyline that seemed to be an inverse model of The Invaders - with either an impossible ending or a never ending set of 'oh they nearly got us' scenarios.

Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised.

Okay, this is not the strongest of stories and it certainly is not unique. The plot is on the whole obvious and there is the constant feeling that to believe the remaining few Loriens can defeat an entire race of beings that have already trounced their planet is a step too far. There are times when you want the 'hero' to actually do something (a little Harry Potter in that he seems to be 'lucky' rather than clever or skillful).

Given all of that, surely I have rated this too high!?

Yet, I read this quickly and found myself wanting to continue on. I found myself enjoying this 'teen' book despite the predictability and annoying 'oh, no the hero has fallen over again!' situations.

I found the writing style consistent throughout, the obvious elements satisfying and the flow set to a good rate.

I gave this four (hey, it's like the title told me to do this) because it is a good read and it allows you to escape the normal run of things. It is chewing gum for the mind and helps you relax whilst keeping you engaged. I like the characters and I accepted the basic concepts. A good book in all and worth a read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We were nine. Three are dead. I am number four. 10 Mar 2011
Once there were nine, sent to keep their race alive, kept divided for their safety. Now three are dead, and the rest will have to fight for their survival. Number Four is John Smith. He's just had to flee Florida with his guardian Henri for fear of discovery, and now with their new identities they have settled in Paradise, Ohio. Simple rules have kept John alive - never stand out, never get noticed, never reveal who you are and always be ready to leave. But now those rules are getting harder and harder to keep, and John is putting himself at risk...

This was one of those books I kept hearing about but put off reading as more than a couple of people had described it as Twilight from the guy's perspective. After seeing the previews for the upcoming movie, my curiosity was piqued enough that I grabbed a copy from my local library. I really enjoyed this and, while I understand the comparisons with Twilight, found it to be unique among most of the current young adult offerings.

I found the plot to be reminiscent of Roswell and Dark Angel, but different enough to be interesting. The blurb really caught my attention, and although I was a little nervous about it being written in first person the storyline sucked me in to the point that I barely noticed the writing style which would usually irritate me. The book has a really lyrical, descriptive quality to it and I think it will make an incredible movie.

I liked John as a main character and he is well developed.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "We were nine. Three are dead. 1 Sep 2010
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am Number Four". This introduction on the cover really piqued my interest, and was a major factor in my choosing this book. It even offset the dislike I have for "narrator names" instead of giving the true authors. Four is a teenager who has had to leave every place he has ever lived because he is being hunted by aliens who are out to kill him. He's not being paranoid, for he is an alien too and he's next on the evil aliens' hit list.

With his adoptive father and mentor, John Smith (as he calls himself this time around, and he may as well wear an "I am here" tee-shirt) settles down yet again, in yet another small town. But this time things are different. He is finally developing the superpowers his people are known for. He falls in love. He befriends a geeky conspiracy theorist kid. He adopts an odd stray dog. He gets on the wrong side of the school bully, who just happens to be the school's star player, principal's pet and ex-boyfriend of his new girlfriend. That's right, John Smith has moved to Clichetown USA.

I may sound like I'm being sarcastic, but despite having one dimensional baddies and a story that for the most part goes exactly where you know it will, this is actually a very enjoyable book. Don't look at me like that - I don't know why something so predictable and derivative kept me turning the pages, but there you have it. It's written with such enthusiasm and aplomb that none of the above actually mattered to me. Would I read the sequel though? No.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book 26 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
awesome book - I can definately see why it has already been optioned for a film. I have read a few reviews complaining it is too simplistic or famous fivey but I don't really know what the fuss is about - it is YA fiction not hard core sci fi. I really wish people would take a story for what it is rather than always trying to compare it to something else.

I loved the premise of this book from the outset (I am secretly a little bit of a sci fi girl - but only a little bit). The whole idea that aliens are among us isn't original but I liked the twist that they were here to escape other aliens in the hope that they would return to their own planet once again. Much time was spent giving you a real feel of number four's home world through his dreams/visions

The main driving force for me was the relationship between Henri and John/number four. I loved the way they were with other as if they were father and son and it felt very geniune as the story developed. I also loved Sam (he was like to John as Willow is to Buffy)

I liked the idea that John had to go and do all these normal human things like go and fit in at high school and put up with all the rubbish the new kid had to deal with like anyone else. This was good as it contrasted perfectly with the fact that he also had to get to grips with his legacies (new kick ass aliens powers). The scene where he finally starts to get to grips with them and uses them to help Henri rocked!

The story was action packed all the way through and often very gripping (I literally couldn't put it down at times) but what I liked about this was that rather than save up everything until the last moment different events were spread out through the book rather than there being a slow build up to a final event.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read
Really enjoyed this book. My daughter read it first and insisted I read it. Glad she did, better than the film.
Published 13 days ago by lisa saunderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Sick Buckets at Standby
Disappointingly dull, formulaic plot and despairingly poorly written. The characters deserve no empathy in a book that has a simple premise made to extend the length of the book... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Farah
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It made me laugh and cry and had me on the edge of my seat. Absolutely brilliant can't wait to read the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Book
This book was sent as a replacement for a book received in poor condition when advertised as very good condition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Evy
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual book
I found this book interesting because it was full of action and unlike anything else I had read. I will probably read others in the series.
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars I am number four
I thought I get the book, I watched the film and was very impressed with it. It was enjoyable and recommend to anyone who like Sci Fi
Published 1 month ago by Miss Lesley Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
enjoyed the film and wanted to learn more about the world and characters. I have enjoyed this book and will be starting the next in this series straight after I post this review
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas Lundy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Fun fast paced story. Likeable characters and good story line. The follow up book I think gets even better. A thoroughly enjoyable easy read.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Russell Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars much better than the film
Going to read the rest now. It's a pretty good story which keeps you hooked right the way through. Lots of questions outstanding so a good start for the remaining books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars The aliens are among us
But they are friendly and wise aliens seeking refuge when their planet was destroyed. They have super powers...well some of them.... And guardians... Read more
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