I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. I have seen some very bad reviews, and I have to wonder if they are actually about the book, or more about the author…
I am Number Four is a story about John Smith, a.k.a. Number Four, a 15-year-old boy who is trying to fit into the typical teenage world. He and his father move around a lot, and he constantly has to start new schools, make new friends, etc. The catch? John is an alien who, along with eight others of his kind and their guardians, escaped the destruction of their planet to hide on Earth from the Mogadorian (bad aliens). John and the other eight (three of whom have already been caught and killed) have extraordinary, paranormal skills that, once developed, will help them to fight against the Mogadorian. When the story begins John is just starting to come into his powers, and as the book evolves we watch him mature and his powers mature along with him. Besides the aliens hunting him, learning to control his new abilities, and starting a new school, John is also dealing with his first love.
I did think the book as a little slow, but it is in the young adult genre, and I was able to pass it to my 11-year-old son when I was finished with it, who loved it just as much as I did.
This is the first in the Lorien Legacies series, and I am looking forward to the next book to see how the story plays out!
P.S. Although I enjoyed the movie, the book was better, but isn't that always the case?
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