I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Author: Pittacus Lore
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Dates Read: February 2011
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
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.
Like several others, I was drawn to I Am Number Four after seeing the movie previews. I’ll preface this review by saying this: I like science fiction novels and I like young adult novels. That said, I really wanted to like this book, I did. Indeed, I did like the general storyline, ideas and characters. However, the writing just plain put me off. I can’t tell if the writing is purposely succinct, but it reads like a fanfiction of merely average quality. Frankly, the style comes off as amateurish and left a bad taste in my mouth. I think the most advanced vocabulary word used in the entire novel was segue. Perhaps the terse prose was intentional to attract younger readers. I strongly dislike the idea of dumbing things down just to appeal to today’s youth. This book had potential–unfortunately, it couldn’t quite live up to it.