Monday, December 5, 2011

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four
Pittacus Lore
440 pages
Publisher: Harper
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Number Four, or in the case of this novel, "John Smith" is one of the nine who fled the planet Lorien to escape the Mogadorians, who were taking over the planet to gain resources for themselves after trashing their own planet.  Now the nine are hiding out on Earth, being killed one-by-one in order by the Mogadorain's who are hoping to take over this planet, too.

I don't normally go in for science-fiction, but I actually liked that aspect of this book.  I found the concept of other planets with living beings intriguing and hey, who knows?  That could really exist out there!  Anyway, the author presents those other places really well and I was drawn in by that aspect of the book.

What I would have liked the most was more background information on the other numbers, who they were, where they were living.  Particularly one through three who were already dead when the book started; where were they and how were they so easy to find?  I'm hoping more of that information comes to light in subsequent books.

Three stars.  I have to admit, I wasn't immediately drawn into this book; it seemed like most of the book was set up for the climatic ending.  The book really picked up for me in the last one hundred pages or so, enough to convince me that I need to put the sequel on my library hold list.  I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.

And now that I've finally read the book, I can rent the movie!  Have you read the book and/or seen the movie?  What did you think?

1 comment:

  1. I thought the book was pretty exciting - I agree with you on the build-up drama! The movie is also exciting in a nail-biting way, but when you know the ending, well, refer to your thoughts about the build-up!! :-) I just found Power of Six at the library and I like finding out about more of 'em.


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