Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Posted February 15, 2013 by Sophia

Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus LoreI Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Lorien Legacies #1
Published by HarperCollins on August 3, 2010
Genres: Action/Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Physical
Source: Library

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.

I think I broke a bookworm rule when I watched the movie first before reading the book. Then again, I never knew it was a book until shortly afterwards when I went to Walmart. And I think this book probably gets a personal award for being on my TBR pile the longest (because most books that get turned into a movie are read ASAP… and back then I was a much bigger reader than now – when reading homework was at least a couple hours of day and not a few chapters. Those were good times).

Besides the fact I Am Number FourΒ has probably landed a record for “On TBR List for Longest Time EVER,” it has a unique plot, storyline, etc (at least in my humble booky life). If I remember correctly (and let me tell you this fact right then and there. I watched it when it came out. And that was 2 years ago. Please dismiss my mishaps here and there, but feel free to correct me as you please), I liked the movie better than the book. But who doesn’t like seeing books coming to life on the big screen? (This is coming from someone who rarely watches movies… besides a handful, which I won’t name, unless you want me to).

I was hooked from the very first page, or at least the prologue and a little bit after. Then I kinda went “meh…” for awhile until about 3/4 into the story (wherever the action starts. Must be me and love for action, eh? That’s probable). In a few parts throughout the story, it was pretty predictable on what was going to happen next. Hence, something bad is going to happen here, or something good will happen there… according to context clues (at least in my opinion).

The romance between the John and Sarah was not rushed (which is a good thing), however, where’s the panic when you find out your ——— is from another planet? I probably would’ve ran away by then. Or maybe not. But there had to be at least some sort of… er, “HOLY MONKEYS, YOU’RE A WHAT?!?!?! :O :O :O” type of thing going on there that I was hoping to see a bit of, but didn’t (explanation on monkeys… I think they’re cooler than cows. :p).

Now while I liked the movie better, I think I need to go do some movie hunting on Netflix for awhile for the full confirmation and huge refresher before I make any assumptions. I probably won’t give any details though… but feel free to discuss in the comments whether you liked the movie or the book and so on. πŸ™‚

Sophia has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House crisis. Unlike her personality in blog posts, she's a socially awkward recent college grad who majored in Communications. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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13 responses to “Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

  1. It has been on my TBR pile too long too, in fact I've started it so many times now but I seem to keep drifting off and I can't figure out why that is.

  2. I've read all of the books in the series, and while I liked I Am Number Four, I think the others went downhill. I did prefer this book to the movie. The one thing that bugged me about the book (which, oddly, did not seem so prevalent in the film) was that every time John got into supposedly insurmountable trouble, there was suddenly some magical power that got him out of it. Once or twice, OK, but this happened WAY too many times.

    • I haven't read the others yet, but they're on my TBR list. I definitely need to watch the movie again to confirm, lol.
      I don't think I've noticed powers getting him out of trouble all the time, besides the fact he suddenly gets this surge of energy all of a sudden.
      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  3. Anonymous

    i love the i am number four series, it doesn't bore all πŸ™‚ i agree with you about how Sarah just accepted the fact that John is an alien.. in reality, u would be shocked or speechless, or whatever… ^^

    • I agree with the fact that in reality you would be shocked, speechless, or whatever way that stands for surprise. The story doesn't completely bore me, so I'll definitely be reading the 2nd book when I can. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  4. I would run too if the hot guy I was stalking with my camera turned out to be an alien. I wouldn't run fast or far, maybe I would throw something at him, but I would panic somehow. I liked both the book adn movie, but they recast Six as a completely different character from the book even though I really like that actress (from Warm Bodies I think).