Sunday, October 9

Book Review: I Am Number Four

Title: I Am Number Four

Author: Pittacus Lore

Pages: EBook (Approx 276)

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 …

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, I really did enjoy the book and there were times I had trouble putting it down. I'm not normally a big fan of young adult book, but this is one that was well done, with a very interesting plot. I was happy to see something that wasn't vampires for once too - I like vampires, but it's starting to become a little boring, so it was refreshing to see this lean to a completely different topic.

The plot was what really grab my attention, I wanted to learn more about Lorien and its former inhabitants, and as the reader, we're only given small bits of information of the past life on the planet. I also enjoyed just reading about how John aka number four worked to just survive - and the climax of the book had me hooked to the last few pages - and there were a few characters who were more to meet the eye, I wonder if more will be revealed in the next book.

I had my issues with the book as well. The characters were good, some development throughout the book, but they were fairly cliche. Which is what you see in high school, all the groups (jocks, cheerleaders etc) but I wish it was a little less obvious. I also found myself bored with any young adult romanticism. I found it didn't move the plot at all, in fact, I found that the plot came to a standstill when the author wrote about it and there was too much of it. I think having it helps the plot, but it should have been toned down and put more in the background than it was.

Overall, it was a good young adult book some pretty good action, a different type of paranormal/sci-fi book than what I've read (or heard about), and I will be reading the next book in the series at some point.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a good book. I only like a select few of young adult books, so I think this one is a good book to read if you are like me and only have a select taste in the genre. Also if you like books about humanoid aliens, that this is also a good book to read.

What to read next: The Power of Six, Night Runner, End of Days

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge


  1. I have this book, and my kids both read it and loved it. I hadn't been sure if I would like it, but after reading your review, I think perhaps I should give it a chance. It sounds like it might be a very diverting read!

  2. I am definitely not one for YA fiction, so I might take your recommendation and give this one a try. I think the premise of the story sounds really interesting.

  3. Zibilee - It is different than a lot of them out there that I've read or heard about. There still is a lot of YAisms in it, that I don't enjoy but it was very well done.

    Becky - Normally I'm the same as you, I veer away fro YA, but this is one of my exceptions. I really enjoyed the almost mythical back story behind the aliens.