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I Am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

Rated: Moderate

Nine Children and their guardians. Here from their home planet Lorien, a world destroyed by the Mogadorians. Now, hiding and waiting for them. For 10 years. Waiting to be killed, one by one, in order. Hiding and waiting for their Legacies, while they come of age. Training, trying to fit in and be normal, waiting for the inevitable fight. Number three has been killed. Now they are coming for number four.

I Am Number Four is about two alien races, one from Lorien and one from Mogadore. The Mogadorians killed all on Lorien except nine children and their guardians who were able to escape and travel to Earth. For 10 years they have been spread across the world, knowing they are being hunted by the Mogadorians. They move from town to town and wait: wait until they are discovered; wait until they receive their legacies, or special powers, so they can begin learning to use them to one day fight the Mogadorians. Due to a charm placed on them, the nine must be killed in order. But if the children can grow and learn to use their legacies, they can come together and fight the Mogadorians. If they don’t fight together, they don’t stand a chance.

Although I was very excited to read this book and the plot was very promising, the writing is poor, the story has no progression, the writing style is juvenile, and there are clichés everywhere. I think one of the problems is it feels as if someone wrote a movie and then decided to write the book. It also seems as if the author(s), or maybe the publisher, thought they should try to make this into a series after it was written. So they went back and pulled out key points in the story, which makes it confusing. Overall, the book feels very amateurish. Parts of the writing are great and the story has a lot of potential, but the book needed a really good editor, or a different author.

Rated: Moderate, for approximately 75 uses of mild to moderate language and one mild sexual situation.

— Reviewed by Nicole Borman

Nicole Borman is a high school librarian who didn’t catch the reading bug until college. Although she likes most genres, her genres of choice are nonfiction, YA chick lit, and anything Pride and Prejudice-esque.

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  • I Am Number Four
  • by Pittacus Lore
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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