I am Number Four

I am Number Four

I Am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

Series: "Lorien Legacies" #1
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Published: August 3rd, 2010
by HarperTeen




Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you—but we are not you. We have powers you dream of having. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books— but we are real. You may not know we're here.

But they do.

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.


Usually when a book comes with a lot of hype, I tend to gravitate in the opposite direction. I am Number Four is no different. Except, oddly enough, the hype associated with this book almost has a negative connotation to it, but I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. While, like every book, I am Number Four is not without flaws, I found myself intrigued by the wonderful action and backstory presented.

Once upon a time, there was a planet called Lorien. It was prosperous and beautiful. Until it was destroyed by the evil Mogadorians; leaving everyone dead. In the chaos, the leaders of Lorien were able to send 9 young children – and 9 protectors – to Earth, where they will hide until the time comes for them to repopulate Lorien. The Mogadorians, however, will stop at nothing until each of the 9 children are dead.

The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia,
Number Two in England,
And Number Three in Kenya.
I am Number Four.
I am next.

“John Smith” – Number Four – is our protagonist here. With Numbers One, Two and Three gone, he knows he’s next. Traveling and hiding in city after city with his protector Henri, his childhood has been all about blending in and not drawing attention to himself. Yet, while hiding in a small town in Ohio, he’s not prepared for falling in love or making friends.

John’s character is extremely well-written. You can see how much he just wants to live a normal teenage life, and you can sympathize with him for that. He sticks up for what he believes is right, something I admired.

The supporting characters were equally well-written. From Sarah, the love interest; to Sam, the nerdy best friend; to Mark, the school bully, each character has a backstory and development to make them relatable. However, there were a few reactions on the supporting characters’ parts that felt a little unrealistic to me Mark turning nice at the end of the story, and Sarah so easily accepting that John’s an alien, those flaws are relatively easy to overlook in the long run.

Within the 440 pages of this book, there is virtually no room to breathe. It is a journey of nonstop action and discovery, and I am definitely interested in seeing what happens next.


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