I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book, about to download the rest of the series right now!
Pittacus Lore is a great author and I will be buying more books by him in the near future.
The book is well written, a gripping fantasy producing an interesting read. The reader is spell bound to read the sequel.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book and has led on to me reading the rest of the series.Published 1 month ago by Ms. J. J. Cross
Fast paced and gripping, I enjoyed this book and starting the nextPublished 1 month ago by miss w howard
In 2010 I went through an odd phase whereby any movie being released based on a book I would read before it came out and sit there and judge it with intense scrutiny. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jodie cook
Intriguing plotline, leaves you wanting to know more, great characters with real depth, sucks the reader into the plot. Good vs evil in another formPublished 2 months ago by Eliakim27