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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141330864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141330860
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifically propulsive. --Booklist

About the Author

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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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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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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This book provides detail and insight into events that take place between those in the main novels. The search for Sam is told from the perspective of the young Mogadorian ally Adam, and coincides with the events at the end of The Rise Of Nine; while The Forgotten Ones, also from the perspective of Adam, picks up from when Sam is found and rejoins the events at the end of the main novel The Fall Of Five. Of particular interest is the middle novella called The Last Days Of Lorien, which is told from the perspective of a young Sandor and accounts for how he meets Nine and becomes his Cepan, but also it details the Mog invasion of Lorien and the destruction of its seemingly perfect world. I love these stories with in the stories and couldn't put it down. A must read for any Pittacus Lore fans.
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These stories fill in the bits between the novels. The stories introduce new new characters Adam and Malcolm. Don't want to give too much away but if you're a fan of the main book these stories are a definite must read
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I got this when it was free on Kindle and thought it might be worth a try. It has some positive points, but I felt that this really was a novel written for a young adult audience which doesn't cross over well for older adults to read (as in the case of other books which are similar to this in genre, for example, the Hunger Games Trilogy). The hero comes from a distant planet which has been wiped out by Mogadorians. The hero is one of nine survivors along with their guardians. He is waiting to develop "legacies" (gifts/supernatural powers) which will help him defeat the Mogadorians. "Number Four" aka John Smith, goes to an ordinary American high school and duly develops the power to resist fire/run very fast etc. The action scenes are well-written and easy to visualise - I felt like I was watching a film in my mind whilst reading it (I think it might have been made into a film and can see that it would make a great action flick). Other than that, there's nothing here that you haven't read before about teenagers developing supernatural powers in order to save us all (and if that's the future, we really are in trouble). The most striking thing about this book, I felt, was that the author "Pittacus Lore" puts himself in it in a cameo role as the most gifted elder of the Planet Lorien. This struck me as a really odd thing to do. I didn't know what to make of it really; but the conclusions I drew were not flattering to the author. Also, I really don't like the way that no book for young adults can be written without a string of sequels these days. Original ideas for your next book please.
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