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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)

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ISBN13: 9780061969553
ISBN10: 0061969559
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Jaxon h, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Jaxon h)
I Am Number Four follows two characters with the cover names Henri Smith and John Smith from the planet Lorien. Nine pairs of their kind made it to earth nine chosen children or garde and nine guardians or cepan. The names of the children are simply one through nine, All of the garde carry a charm so that they can only be killed in order starting with one, then two and so on. One, two, and three are dead killed by another alien race called Mogadorians and John Smith is next.
I Am Number Four is one of the best if not the best book I have ever read and I encourage you to read the exciting adventures of John Smith and his cepan Henri Smith. Pittacus Lore outdid himself in this outrageously amazing book and again I encourage you to read it.
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Jaxon h, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Jaxon h)
I Am Number Four follows two characters with the cover names Henri Smith and John Smith from the planet Lorien. Nine pairs of their kind made it to earth nine chosen children or garde and nine guardians or cepan. The names of the children are simply one through nine, All of the garde carry a charm so that they can only be killed in order starting with one, then two and so on. One, two, and three are dead killed by another alien race called Mogadorians and John Smith is next.
I Am Number Four is one of the best if not the best book I have ever read and I encourage you to read the exciting adventures of John Smith and his cepan Henri Smith. Pittacus Lore outdid himself in this outrageously amazing book and again I encourage you to read it.
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JulieH, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by JulieH)
Very entertaining reading.
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Kayla Derbyshire, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Kayla Derbyshire)
John Smith has probably lived in more places than you ever will in your life. Never staying longer than nine months in any one area, he and his Cêpan (think Keeper/Guardian) Henri have traveled all over the United States in search of small towns to live in- and for good reason. John is one of the six Loriens left on Earth… and the next in line to be killed.

I Am Number Four, written under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore, is just what it seems��"the biography of Number Four, currently known as John Smith. John is one of the nine Loric children that were sent from Lorien to Earth with their Cêpans as the Mogadorians were destroying their planet. John does not know where the other nine children are or what they look like��"all he knows is when one of the others have been murdered by the Mogadorians that have traveled to Earth to hunt these last few down. However, the children of Lorien do have an advantage over the Mogadorians��"they can only be killed in order. If a Mogadorian tries to kill one of the children out of order (for example, killing Number Six before Number Five), they will end up dying instead. Yet this only works as long as the Loric children stay apart from one another. The minute they meet, the ‘charm’ is broken. The children know when the ones before them have died because of a circular scar that appears around their right ankle at the moment of death.

The third scar has appeared. Number Three has just been killed.

John is Number Four.

And this is where the story begins.

He and Henri quickly pack up and move out of their sunny town in Florida to Paradise, Ohio. Like always, John’s main goal is to remain invisible. Unfortunately for him, that doesn’t happen. From getting in a fight to falling for a girl, his first day at his new school leaves him about as conspicuous as you can get. The next few days are no better, with John developing his first Legacy*. Henri argues that they should move on, but this time John is firm��"they’re staying in Paradise. With the Mogadorians actively searching for him, there’s only so much attention he can attract before these evil aliens start to close in…

From the get-go, I Am Number Four is an action-packed science fiction adventure that can be enjoyed by both genders, as well as a wide variety of ages- from about middle school on. It’s a nice easy read that can be finished in a day or two, and I’d recommend it for anyone who is willing to suspend disbelief for a little bit to be taken on a thrilling adventure.

That being said, there were a few things about this book that I didn’t particularly enjoy. I was wary from the beginning, because the prologue was written in present tense, a choice I tend not to agree with. Nevertheless, the use of present tense did add a sense of tension and suspense, two qualities that were evident throughout the whole story.

There were also several problems I had with the actual characters and the plot itself. For being the next person to die, John doesn’t seem too worried about not blending in. I understand that what he wants is a normal life, but there’s only so much you can do before the Mogadorians are going to find you.

Not only this, but he’s rather dense at times, especially when it comes to Bernie Kosar (a dog that he and Henri ‘adopt’ in Ohio). I just don’t comprehend how much John seemed to not notice, even though this entire time he was supposedly trying to stay alert and awake for any signs of something unusual.

The sequel, The Power of Six, was just released on August 23, 2011. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to find out what’s going to happen to Number Four and the rest of the Loriens.

*Legacy ��" A special power; e.g. invisibility, telekinesis, etc.
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T Howard, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by T Howard)
This book brings one word to mind: WOW. To take pleasure in reading I am Number Four, I would suggest a vast interest in all things alien and characters with out-of-this-world (literally) super powers. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this book was very bipolar… in some parts, it was talking about the main character’s (a 15-year-old boy under the current alias of “John Smith”—How creative, right?) personal relationships with people, including an oh-so-cliché blonde girl who he falls head-over-heels in love with and a nerdy alien-loving geek who he becomes fast friends with. Then, then the book transforms into an action-packed drama about saving the world and hiding from the super-powerful bad guys. It gets a bit old after a while. Whilst I found the storyline unusual and the fighting scenes very descriptive (but also very cluttered), it had a very predictable plot and dead-pan narrations. One gushy, romantic scene I wasn’t too impressed with is as follows: “We fall back on the bed, on our sides. Our eyes are closed. I keep opening mine to see her. She catches me watching and we stop kissing. She puts her forehead to mine and stares at me.” It’s like the author couldn’t decide whether he wanted the book’s theme to be ‘Action-y Alien Battles’ or ‘A High School Love Story.’ In my opinion, they’re a bit of an odd pairing. Don’t get me wrong, though, some people who love this kind of book will be able to look past the lack of literary value, and will be eagerly awaiting book number two—and I’m definitely not one of them. I don’t know though, maybe if I hadn’t bought this book on a whim, or that I actually sought out books about aliens with cardboard characters and dramatic, over-detailed battles, then maybe my opinion would be different—maybe.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061969553
Author:
Lore, Pittacus
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Read by:
Kaplan, Neil
Author:
Kaplan, Neil
Author:
Ducie, Joe
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Lorien Legacies
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20100803
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 448 pages HarperCollins - English 9780061969553 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this action-packed but formulaic novel, first in the Lorien Legacies series, John Smith appears to be a normal American teenager, living in Ohio with his father, attending high school, and falling for a local girl. But he's really something much cooler: an alien from the planet Lorien, and one of the last survivors of a race that was nearly wiped out by its enemies. And now the evil Mogadorians have traveled to Earth looking for survivors, with an eye toward wiping out this planet as well. John is destined to fight them, but will his superpowers manifest before it's too late? Lore (a Loric elder in the book, and a pseudonym for writer James Frey and a coauthor) provides a fast-moving plot and some genuinely creepy bad guys, though the basic premise is clichéd and the science won't pass muster with diehard SF fans. However, a Michael Bay—produced movie is planned for 2011, and for those looking for an undemanding, popcorn-ready read, this 'guy — okay, alien — gets the girl and saves the world' adventure should do the trick. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Though the finale bogs down in a cluttered monster battle, everything else is terrifically propulsive."
"Synopsis" by , Nine alien teenagers are hiding on Earth. Three are dead. Number Four is next. This is the launch of a gripping, action-packed series already optioned for film by Steven Spielberg for DreamWorks.
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