Thursday, June 14, 2012

I am Number Four

Title: I am Number Four

Author: Pittacus Lore

Rating: 3 stars

Summary: There were nine. Three are dead. I Am Number Four.

Nine teenagers and their guardians are hiding on Earth... protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in numeric order, three are already dead. John Smith is Number Four. And his mortal enemies, the Mogadorian, are hunting him down.

The only way to keep off radar is to keep moving, never staying in one place for long. Finally in the firing line, all he can do is adopt the guise of a student and pray his unusual gifts—his legacies home; Planet Lorien—stay hidden long enough for him to settle into this new community.

But others seem to sense his otherness and when small-town life sucks him into its intrigues, it’s only a matter of time before his true nature is revealed. And that means there’s no space for love, friendship or a future if it means protecting not only himself, but the other five...

Review: I’ve had mediocre experiences with alien books in the past, and never really expected to find one that I liked. It might have been because this book is similar to some fantasy fiction books: people with special powers have to leave their homes and they try to blend into the human world while being hunted by their enemies. But what is the main character’s real name? He gets a new name for each location he moves to, and during the book he is John. That’s not his real name, though Henri calls him that even when they’re alone. They call the sixth girl “Six”, but the numbers aren’t their names because the kids had to have had names before they left for Earth. I couldn't help but laugh when I found out that the author named the Great Elder after himself. Sarah was a pointless character: she was just an empty-headed Barbie doll meant to do nothing but be a love interest. I am interested in seeing the movie, but the main character is played by the same guy who played Kyle in the horrible tragedy that is the movie version of Beastly. I would like to, just once, watch the movie interpretation of a book without wanted to scream at everyone involved in the production.

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