Book: I Am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore|James Frey
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Read an Excerpt from I Am Number Four
With his cepan Henri, a chimera, and an envelope of disposal identities, Four has been on the run from the Mogadorians for the better part of ten years. And in that time, they have bounced from state to state hoping to stay alive.
They can’t stop running, because if they do, it will spell the end of any hope there will be in defeating their enemy-an enemy that now threatens Earth. Four has to last long enough to come into his legacies, his innate Lorien powers that materialize upon adolescence.
And with those powers, he and the other Lorien survivors on Earth just might be able to fight off the one enemy that destroyed their planet, and has the next one in their sights: Earth.
But Four is tired of running. Once he and Henri hit Paradise, Ohio and things quiet down, Four thinks he might actually have a semi-normal life: high school, friends…attachments. When he starts to dig in, to have roots, he almost forgets that he has a destiny. Could it be that he and Henri have finally found a safe place? Will he be able to stay there long enough to train with his new powers? What about Sara, the girl he has fallen in love with? Can he even dare to have a normal life?
But trouble comes calling after a series of freak accidents, and those who were watching for any Four will have to defend his newfound home, his girlfriend and everything he has now come to believe in against an inescapable enemy. But he won’t be alone. Another Lorien has found, him, a girl who has come partially into her legacies….Number Six…and with her help they might actually be able to turn the tide.
I Am Number Four was such a welcome YA genre change…something I have been looking forward to for a while. Being a huge sci-fi fan, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities to another YA sci-fi series like Melinda Metz’s Roswell High…a similar premise of teen aliens on earth developing their powers trying to stay out of the sights of alien hunters.
I Am Number Four seems a bit sparse by comparison in plot and character interaction. I was expecting more complication, a more densely developed plot than was presented. Compared to other more popular YA series, it seemed a tad tame.
Frey will need to pump the gas pedal a bit, and add some nitro for The Power of Six if he doesn’t want the series to fizzle. Four has some great promise and overall I enjoyed the read but expected more. Lots more. I will be sure to read The Power of Six when it hits the shelves in 2011 to see if things have improved.
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