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3.0 out of 5 stars "We were nine. Three are dead., 1 Sept. 2010
This review is from: I Am Number Four (Hardcover)
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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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Initial post: 6 Sep 2010 10:48:46 BDT
anonymous says:
Excellent review, summed up how I felt about this book completely. Although, I assume the reason Number Four fits in perfectly to his new town under the alias of "John Smith" is that everybody else in town is also called "Mark James" "Sam Goode" etc, nobody is called anything like "Chung Sinclair Wackenbacker" as they would be, probably, in real life America.

Posted on 2 Mar 2011 11:18:58 GMT
This is a good review. You managed to explain how one of the worst books written in the last couple of years could still be enjoyable. A feat no one in the States has managed to accomplish. Good Job :)

Posted on 6 May 2011 14:14:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 May 2011 09:47:03 BDT
Sir Furboy says:
I agree fully with your review though. I suspect the author has watched Roswell on TV too.

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 17:37:07 BDT
Okay, so I said I wouldn't buy the sequel, but as it happened I got a free advance copy of The Power of Six and I loved it. For my review, see the page for that book.

Posted on 26 Jul 2011 22:03:14 BDT
J. Farrer says:
You write well, reviewer.
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