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I am Number Four Book Review

Harley Kilgore, Reporter

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I am Number Four was written by Pittacus Lore (a pen name). John, Number Four, is the main character in the first novel of this seven book series. He is from the planet Lorien, and was sent to Earth with nine others like him after the Mogadorians destroyed his home planet and the people he loved. All nine of the children split up with a protector, a Cepan.

At the beginning of the novel, this is what John has to say: “In the beginning, we were a group of nine. Three are gone, dead. There are six of us left. I am Number Four, I know that I am next.” So, John and Henri take off to Paradise, Ohio, which may or may not be a very important location. There he meets his best friend, Sam, who loves conspiracy, particularly about aliens, and a lover, Sarah at his new high school. During this time his earliest legacies are developing: Lumen and telekinesis. Paradise is dangerous, and it is hard to keep hiding his true identity, but he cannot bring himself to leave Sarah and Sam. In the process, Six tracks him down, and they set off to find the others. But the Mogadorians are tailing them at the same time, as is the US government.  

Having already read the entire Lorien Legacies series, I can vouch that Pittacus Lore is a pure genius and a brilliant writer. The main two genres of I Am Number Four are young adult fiction and science fiction. However, it also encompasses action and romance. Even if you are not particularly interested in any of those genres, this novel is a true work of fiction, as is the entire series. I encourage you to read this.

This is written on the back cover:  

“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.

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.”

 

Purchase your copy today at Barnes and Noble or other online sites!

If you are interested in reading even more after this, there are also books called The Lost Files starring particular characters so that you can find out even more about them.

There are also books that are part of another series, Lorien Legacies Reborn, some of which are still coming out.

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