Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore

Book: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore
Release Date: 04 Jan 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Summary: Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.

Review: Let me start off this by saying that I don't like science fiction in general (tv, movies, books... yuck), it just doesn't hold my interest and more often than not it makes me think 'what complete trash.' That said, I adore X-Men. I only picked up this book after seeing the trailer for it on TV which made me compare it to my favorite superheroes. I'm really glad that I did buy and read the book. And I'm even more excited to go see the movie now.
The beginning of the book started off rough for me. The writing was awkward and robotic. Four was sorta lame and the book clearly has an environmental agenda (not a bad thing but I don't think it was well done in the beginning). I kept trucking along though because I hate not finishing books. Then suddenly, a little less than halfway in, the book became intense and a million times better, I couldn't put it down. I read over 300 pages in one sitting.
The ending... I'm not sure what to say about that and the preview for the next book really worries me. I don't want the next book to be from the POV of another character. There were many loose ends left with Four, I want to see those tied up first.

Thoughts as I Read: 
  • "I nod. We stand and stare up at the house and listen to the wind come through the palm fronds. I am holding a bag of celery in my hand." I'm not liking how this book is written so far but the story is very intriguing so I'm able to ignore it for the most part. I do find myself reading the sentences in a robotic voice (in my head, of course) though...
  • "What happened, anyway? I was worried about you." "Would you believe it if I told you I was an alien?" "Shut up," she says playfully. I'm not really sure how I picture Sarah at this point but I'm more than happy to see a movie that has Dianna Agron in it.
  • "Pittacus Lore, the greatest of them, their leader, had assembled them before the attack." What is this? Lemony Snicket and A Series of Unfortunate Events?
  • "A trickle of blood runs down the side if my face. Okay, I think, let's do this. They can do all they want to me, but they will not harm a single hair on Sarah's head." Yay, the book has finally gotten interesting and we're seeing some action.
  • "Do you really think he would tell you the truth after what happened? Put the gun down." Ahhh, now Sam's character makes more sense. I'm glad we got more information on him.
  • "They said they'd be watching. That they knew someone might be coming." We hear quiet footsteps on the first floor. Herni and Sam look at each other, both terrified. I'm on the edge of my seat now! The storyline is fast paced and intense. Can't wait to see what happens next.
  • "Oh no," Emily says. "Oh God no, please no." Hmmm, there's been a lot of action but the book has yet to reach any real action for the main storyline. I assume it will be drawn out into the next book in the series but I believe it will be in another character's POV.
  • "I think they're planning to do the same thing to Earth as they did to Lorien, and they are almost ready. To sit back and do nothing is to allow that same destruction, that same death and annihilation. Why stand back and let it happen? If this planet dies, we die with it." Powerful speech but I'm not caring at all so far for her 'all knowing', mysterious character.

Rating: 5 Bites

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  1. I haven't read this yet, but I'd like to.:) Good review. ^^

  2. I'm currently reading this book and I'm relieved to note that I'm not the only one reading it in my head with a robotic voice. I also found the celery part weird and I think Lemony Snicket is exactly who I thought of when I heard of Pittacus Lore.

  3. I really liked this book! I just thought the movie was disapointing ):

  4. I watched the movie first and didn't like it, but I am glad I still went ahead and read the book, it was much, much better. :)

    @ IdentitySeeker I had the Lemony Snicket thought, too!

  5. it was so emotional towards the end, [thebook]



  6. I have seen the movie and I did not enjoy it that much. I really want to read the book and have heard good things about it. I hope it will be good!

  7. check out the excerpt of Stained(click here: It's similar to "I am number four" Please email me back whether you would like to further review it or recommend who would be interested in reviewing this book.

  8. Thanks for your review. I finally have decided I want to read this book. It took me a long time to even watch the movie...I think I rebel when everyone is into a book...just like The Hunger took me forever to let myself read it......but it turned out amazing.....I loved this movie,so I really think I will enjoy the book even more.

  9. I chose this review to comment on simply because it was the only book I recognized since I watched the movie. I can't comment on the book since I actually haven't read it and like you, I don't necessarily gravitate towards science-fiction. That said, I'm a book hoarder and I'll read almost anything I can get my hands on. (I actually really read Canadian literature and have only started to dabble into YA fiction to expand my reading!)

    How was the book comparable to the movie? I thought the movie was fine considering I knew what to expect in terms of genre and its targeted audience. I'm not complaining. It was a fun movie---though I was irritated with the main character "falling" for the character Sarah. With more extraordinary powers, you'd think he had better taste.

    In consideration of your enthusiasm about the book (once it actually started to get good), I'll probably pick this up at the library and take a peek. :D

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
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  10. I really enjoyed the book, I think it was better than the movie. Good review.

  11. I haven't read the book yet but I have watched the movie. I'm trying to insert the book on my reading pile for summer to see if its good as the movie. I like the movie so far so I guess its more beautiful than the movie.

  12. I read this book now and I like you. But film is liked me more. :) Your reviews is amazing. Really. :)

    P.S. Sorry for my English.

  13. I only read the book because I watched the movie. I liked both but the book had more depth than the movie. I too was worried when I found out the next book was going to be from another POV but I have since read it and found out it wasn't so bad.


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