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.
I AM NUMBER FOUR.
I AM NEXT.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Edit: When I first decided to read this, it was because of the movie that was coming out(at the time). I didn’t know anything prior to hearing that it was a book-to-movie adaptation. I was out of the country at the time of the press tour, so I didn’t know anything about the movie.
When I started to read it, I originally thought it was like a familiar sci-fi story that I couldn’t put a name to it. As I read further, I realized that there were a lot of typical story plots and that was the reason why it seemed familiar. “Pittacus Lore” or James Frey and his writing partner had a good story plot. To me, there were a lot of writing/grammar flaws that annoyed me. There was a part of me that wanted to grab a red pen. If I ignore all of the above, the story, at it’s core was good. Meaning, it wasn’t terrible, I didn’t hate it, I would probably read it again.
I Am Number Four is a journey for Four. The book begins with the journey of three before him, protecting the integrity of their planet. Four, along with his mentor, Henri, they try to stay ahead of the Mogadorians. There are parts in the book where you know something will happen and hope it won’t, but it has typical story plots, so of course it will happen.
Original: It was a good read. It delivered the action, some suspense, a little romance…and despite some shortcomings of the way it was written, I did not hate it. It intrigued me enough to read about Four and his adventures. It did leave me with a lot of questions, and I sure hope that book 2 will answer them.