Dun, dun, duh!! You all like the title? Well today’s book is I am Number Four (bk 1 in the Lorien Legacies) by Pitticus Lore. Let’s dive in, shall we? 🙂
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.
What I thought:
Oh. I wish this book didn’t have so many things. I love science fiction, in fact, it’s one of my favorite genres. This book had aliens, more aliens, running, ‘superpowers’, aliens, and all that good stuff.
But, it had so many things that I wish it didn’t (more on that below). But I’ll list some things that I did like.
- Lots of aliens
- The fact that one group of aliens could only be killed by the other aliens in a certain order
- It takes place in Ohio (yay!)
- Did I mention sci-fi??
- There was an awful lot of running
- Superpowers. Uh, yes!!
Hmm. I loved the plot. Like, what can go wrong with aliens hunting other aliens on Earth?? (Well I could list a few, but I shan’t.) Anyways, I loved the plot. Loved it. But then when you mix in some other stuff (listed below) … well, yeah.
The writing wasn’t my favorite. Now, it’s been awhile since I read it, but I don’t think the writing was bad, but it just wasn’t “my style” or whatever. You all know what I’m talking about, right?
I think that I had mixed feelings about all of the characters.
- Number Four/John Smith. I loved him because his named reminded me of Doctor Who. But he used a lot of profanity, and did some stuff that I wasn’t quite fond of… BUT HE HAS SUPERPOWERS AND IS AN ALIEN!!
- Sam Goode. Well, I just liked him. He’s an alien conspiracy theorist, so that explains it all. 😉
- Bernie Kosher. He. Is. Awesome. I mean, he’s a dog, but he is AMAZING!! And he’s an alien dog. Sorry, spoiler.
- Henri. Well, he was your ‘wise mentor’, so of course I liked him. Yet, some things about him bothered me. I’m not quite sure what, but he still did. And, he’s also an alien, though not
asnear cool as John.
- Sarah Hart. I didn’t like her. Like, at all. It’s just her character type, you know, the popular girl who the MC (Number Four) falls for, blah, blah, blah.
Now the bad. (I’m kinda in a list-y mood today 😉 )
- There was a lot of profanity. Like, every page
- There was a decent heaping of romance
- Above, there were a few scenes where things got a little heated, which made me uncomfortable
- There were quite a few parts that made me uncomfortable
So, yeah. I so wish it didn’t have a lot of the above, ’cause I enjoyed the plot and stuff.
I’m not quite sure that I’d recommend this. If you like sci-fi/aliens, and the above listed doesn’t bother you, then go for it. But if not, this most likely is not the book for you.
And despite the things that I didn’t like, I probably will continue to read the series at some point.
(Also, apparently there’s a movie that’s rated PG-13. I just found out Saturday, and I’ve never seen it. But if you have, let me know!!)
I debated on the rating, I went back and forth between two and three stars, but I settled with three, ’cause I loved the whole plot/idea and aliens and stuff.
Three Stars ∗∗∗
Have you read this before? What’d you think? Are you in/ever in a list-y mood? Also, if you have any book suggestions, be sure to tell me, I’d love to hear your suggestions! See ya next week! 😉
(P.S. Sorry to those of you who are sick of Bryan Davis book reviews, but in a couple weeks [or next] I’ll be doing more reviewing of his books. But I promise, I’m trying to branch out. And I don’t solely read his books…)