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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number FourNot too long ago, the distant planet Lorien was destroyed. There were no survivors except nine children and their nine guardians. They fled to earth, the closest planet with life, to hide among the humans and develop their Legacies so that one day, they would be able to fight back against the Mogadorians. But the evil enemy followed the Nine to earth, not only to finish what they started on Lorien. The Mogadorians want earth for a sinister plan, and the only ones with the power to stop it are the Nine. The cunning Mogadorians have found and killed One, Two, and Three. Number Four is next. When his Legacies develop, will he have the strength to defeat his enemy?

I Am Number Four is one heck of a thrill ride, and a fantastic one at that. It’s really no wonder it was already being made into a movie before it was published. Lore delivers a fascinating account of intelligent extraterrestrials masquerading as humans while their evil counterparts try to hunt them down. There really isn’t an inch of this book that is boring. Even when Four is just assimilating into his new home, the anticipation of drama at school or the possibility of the Mogadorians finding him makes everything a bit more manic and exciting. And when the real action hits, well, there’s really nothing that will be able to stop readers from flipping those pages. Although the plot was impeccable, though, there were a few details that bothered me, such as Four’s attachment to Sarah and the small cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. Four’s relationship with Sarah didn’t develop very realistically for me, and I found the aforementioned structural detail rather annoying, especially when I could predict what would happen immediately after. As a whole though, I immensely enjoyed reading I Am Number Four and look forward to the rest of the series.

I Am Number Four appeals to fans of The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

Rating: 4.5

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