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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024195357X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241953570
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifically propulsive. --Booklist

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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. The first book in his Lorien Legacies series, I Am Number Four, is now a major Disney motion picture and is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gary Newport on 9 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Manning on 10 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 6 Jun. 2011
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This is the first book of the Lorien Legacies. This books sets up the background for John Smith (number 4). Number 4 is one of 9 kids who comes from the planet Lorien (yes named after the author).This is a Sci-fi book about aliens. You have to be a sci-fi fan to like this book, unlike the Twlight saga, or Harry Potter with seem to take on their own fan base, this book sticks to its own genre, I personally don't think it is going to bring causal fans to Sci-fi (then again the film version might), but let's see. This book throws a lot of information about Lorien society, but by then end of the book you are left with more questions than answers, which is a good setup to the next book.

The Loriens (as stated named after the author, who also names herself as the greatest leader of the planet), are the usual perfect alien race. They are 5 times faster than the fastest human they can run at speeds of 60 - 70 miles per hour. Like any good sprinters they need to build up their endurance to maintain this speed. They are 10 time stronger than humans as well. This is something that is brought up and forgotten in the book at points. E.g. people who can run through brick walls like they are tissue paper are not likely to be cut jumping out of windows or bruised when punched in the face by humans. Loriens are divided into 2 classes Grade and Cepens. Gardes possess the ability to receive new powers called legacies, Cepen tend to be more carers and trainers for Grades until and while they are receiving their legacies. Loriens have visited earth before and had a huge impact on our history and development, and even left behind some very famous half Lorein children.
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