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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: August 1st 2010
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Silver star (4/5 stars)
Synopsis: In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.


Book Review: Since I Am Number Four has been recently released as a movie, I took this opportunity to review both the movie and the book. I’ll be reviewing the book first and skip ahead if you want to read the movie review.

At first glance one would assume I Am Number Four is just another cheesy teenage paranormal romance but surprisingly I wound up liking it. The story revolves around John Smith, an alien from the planet of Lorien. There were nine of them and they have to be killed in order of their numbers. Number three had just died and John is next. So John and his guardian, Henri, move to Ohio. He thought he could go unnoticed but little did he know he would catch the eye of Sarah and making an enemy on the first day.

Lore did a fantastic job of pacing the story and I practically tore through the novel. I loved John’s character and despite rolling my eyes at the cliché romance, I thought Sarah and John were a good match for each other.

Unlike other supernatural books, usually it is the love interest who finds out the main character’s secret. But this time round, it was someone else. The secondary characters were quite well done and all had a part to play in the climax. The character development was fantastic; seeing the character’s transform from the first page to the last was truly eye opening.

Overall, I recommend I Am Number Four and seeing how the protagonist is a guy, I think teenage guys will enjoy this novel too. Hand this book over to any Twilight fan and you will find them nose-deep in it within seconds.

Movie review: The beginning started out very cleverly, and left us wanting more. However I felt halfway throughout the movie things start to fizzle out a little. The presence of Mogadorians gave the audience an idea of who was tracking the aliens. Every time they appeared on screen, it left me with a chill down my spine.

The movie was not entirely action packed. Don’t go to the cinema expecting a flick with fighting and major action every few minutes. The movie was quite mild until the last 45 minutes when the battle started. It was also at the end when we are introduced to Number Six and personally I hated how the trailer revealed who the mysterious motorcycle riding girl was.

While I am a total fan of Alex Pettyfer, I didn’t think that he was his best in the movie. I thought he was so much more good looking in Wild Child (starring Emma Roberts). And also, what is with everyone saying he should also be Peeta Mellark and Jace Wayland? For goodness sake, give some other actor a chance! It’s so hard to one guy playing three different guys in three different YA novels. It’s just ruins the image. You know what I mean? It’s like how people can’t imagine Daniel Radcliffe playing someone other than Harry Potter. Can you imagine Dan playing John Smith? No! That’s exactly what I mean. It was strange seeing Dianna Agron play someone else but I thought she pulled off pretty well. Every time Sarah and John locked eyes, I swear, I saw sparks flying every where.

In conclusion I Am Number Four the movie was good but the book was better than the movie. Still, it’s worth watching. I mean… hey you get to see Alex shirtless! 😉

3.5/5 stars for the movie

Comments on: "I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (book & movie review)" (5)

  1. cupcake2eater said:

    Yes that is true you do get to see him shirtless. I loved the movie, I thought he did well. Is it me or are British guys hotter than most guys from somewhere else in the world?

  2. OMG I SUPER SUPERRR agree with you on people wanting him to play Peeta AND Jace! He’s can’t the only blonde good looking actor in this world.

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  4. I have this book on my shelf; I just bought it not long ago. Thanks for your honest review! I’ll read it ASAP!

    P/S: Alex Pettyfer is so cute! I hope he plays Peeta in The Hunger Games movie. 🙂

  5. He’s going to be Peeta and Jace?! Hollywood is seriously sucking right now.

    I still want to read this book and maybe see the movie (isn’t Timothy Olyphant in it? I love him). Great review!

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