by Pittacus Lore
children and their guardians fled from Lorien as the planet was
attacked and destroyed by the Mogadorians. They fled to the nearest
inhabitable planet, Earth. They have remained in hiding, waiting for
the children to gain their powers, called Legacies, so they can fight
back and reclaim Lorien. Unfortunately, the Mogadorians have followed
them and are systematically killing them one by one. John Smith is
Number Four and he’s headed to Paradise, Ohio.
I AM NUMBER FOUR is a fun, action-filled tale. The author creates a
world where aliens and conspiracy theories really are part of reality
and combines it with everyday things such as bullying and home
economics classes. The resulting mix is quite entertaining, although
parents of younger readers may find the violence and language a bit too
much. However, most young adult readers will find this story to be a
true delight as the core of the story is about the importance of
friends and family, even when every moment requires keeping a watchful
eye out for creatures like the Mogadorians.
The characters are fun and easy for young adults to relate to, although
a bit stereotypical. However, the author throws in a few surprises for
the reader as the story progresses. Besides, who can’t help but love
John’s friend, Sam? However, it is John’s dog, Bernie Kosar who steals
the show- not only for his name (as a football fan, I can’t help but
love his name!) but for his dedication and loyalty to John.
I AM NUMBER FOUR is a tale worth reading, especially for young adult
males who like their stories mixed with a bit of science fiction. The
writing style itself is a bit simplistic at times but the action scenes
are where the story truly excels. I’m curious to see where the author
will take the second book as the ending throws quite a few shockers at
the reader. Sheer entertainment!
Publisher: Harper (August 2010)
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