Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always. Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent! I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Review: I Am Number Four
Title: I Am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: August 3rd 2010
I Am Number Four is set in a world where there are nine aliens, all who come from the planet Lorien which is now destroyed. These nine aliens are being hunted by the evil Mogadorian, but they have to be killed in order, thanks to a special charm. They look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but have extraordinary skills. The plot of this novel captivated my attention immediately. "Three are dead. I am number four. I am next." It sounded smart, exciting and full of adventure. I actually really enjoyed this book. I didn't think I would because of the so-so ratings but it was turned out to be as interesting as I'd hoped!.
John is the main protagonist of the novel. He is fifteen years old and has Legacies (paranormal abilities) including creation/control over light/fire and telekinesis. Legacies develop over time and are triggered by emotion, so John's powers are most likely still evolving which should be great to read about in the future. I thought his character was very sweet. He was always so sympathetic, kind and level-headed - surprising for a fifteen year old, no? John was very sweet to Sarah, the girl he meets at school, also. Over the course of the book, the two become closer and eventually declare their love. Their relationship is visited quite frequently in the novel but I feel as if it still wasn't enough. I would have preferred some longer scenes, even if it meant less of them. Nonetheless, John and Sarah are adorable together and it's very pleasant to read about.
The book, I felt, started off somewhat poorly though. The short sentences and lack of flow really bugged me, as they all felt disconnected, and I was worried that it would continue this way for the rest of the book. Luckily after the first chapter, I was sucked into the storyline and wasn't bothered by them, even though they were still noticeable at times.
I started reading I Am Number Four the day after watching the movie (which wasn't as good as it could've been). Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the movie is almost nothing like the books. Unlike the movie, all of the characters in the novel were very likeable, the relationship between John and Sarah was better developed and more realistic, storylines made more sense and there was overall just a better flow. The fact that I already knew what the characters looked like and what they were like may have aided me in having such an enjoyable reading experience as well.
The ending was action-packed and lasted for quite some time - about one fifth if you want to be specific. Though it is very lengthy, most of it is exciting and suspenseful. It's only towards the very end of the climax that it becomes a little tedious - though that may have just been because I was reading very late at night whilst exhausted - but that is soon rectified as we come to the conclusion. Some characters are left behind, some embark on a new journey and some don't really do anything. I guess you could say it is left quite open-ended, leaving a nice opening for the next book. I Am Number Four wasn't the best written book but it was unique and gripping, so I will definitely be reading the sequel, The Power of Six.