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Book Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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I Am Number Four is the first in the Lorien Legacies series about nine alien kids with special powers, or Legacies, from the planet Lorien, who are hiding on Earth from the Mogadorians. The Mogadorians are sinister beings who want to kill them and destroy Earth like they destroyed Lorien.

Three of the nine kids have been killed, and Number Four, the protagonist of this book, is next.

The mysterious author, Pittacus Lore, is described on the back cover of thePittacus Lore book as Lorien’s ruling Elder and having been on Earth for the last 12 years, preparing for the war with the Mogadorians.

Now obviously this book is a work of fiction, but I like the idea that it could be true. Do I believe that there are aliens? Of course I do. The universe is so vast, I think we’d be arrogant to think that we’re the only intelligent life forms living in it.

Do I think that this particular story about the Loriens and the Mogadorians is believable though? Not so much, even factoring in suspension of belief and all that. I mean, forget about all the super powers, healing stones, shape-shifting animals, and all that stuff for a moment. It’s the simple details that gets me.

Firstly, every time Number Four and Henri, his guardian, have to move, they move within the United States. Why? Why can’t they move to some other country in some other continent? Wouldn’t that be more effective if they really wanted to hide from the Mogadorians?

I understand that there are nine other Lorien Legacies and if they meet each other, the spell that they can only be killed off in the order of their numbers will be broken, but I’m quite sure that there are more than nine countries on Earth.

Secondly, just how clueless can Number Four be that he fails to notice that Bernie Kosar isn’t a regular dog? The dog runs into one part of the woods and then appears from the other side; don’t you think that’s more than just “peculiar”? Wouldn’t a supposedly intelligent person have guessed that there was more to Bernie Kosar, especially since he had already seen the Lorien animals in his dream-memories?

Also, the way the Mogadorians were described, and the way they killed so easily and so quickly before, with Numbers One to Three, you’d think that with so many of them surrounding Number Four and his friends, that they’d be killed just as easily.

Sure, the difference is that Numbers Four and Six have gotten their legacies already, but seriously, as ruthless and strong as the Mogadorians are, how are Mark and Sarah able to get close enough to hurt them, much less kill them, so extremely easily and without getting hurt themselves?

I won’t even go into character development, except to say that most of the characters were shallow and not very likable. I liked Bernie Kosar though; I thought he was the best character in the book.

There are so many problems with this book that make it hard for me to really enjoy it, but I won’t go into all of them. I’m sure it will make for a great movie with all the special effects and all, but I expected a lot more from the book.

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Betty Wong grew up studying natural health and nutrition and is now a certified Master Herbalist. She believes that the health of the body, mind, and spirit are intrinsically linked and that nurturing all aspects of the self is essential to achieving true health. She is a naturally curious person who likes to ask questions and look for creative and unusual answers. She is also an avid reader and writer, and enjoys crafting in her free time.
  • Deepesh Patel

    I am speaking to the person who wrote this article. YOU ARE COMPLETELY WRONG. The book is amazing and it builds up quite well. Are good guys supposed to die? Of course not. That is why Mark and Sarah didn’t die.

  • Angry Reader

    Why do you not say any pros about the book? Why completely trash it and make people not want to read it? You’re one off Google’s top search results for “I am Number four review”

    I expected better.

  • http://bettysbooks.blogspot.com Betty Wong

    Dear Deepesh Patel and Angry Reader (Deepesh Patel, I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner, I must’ve missed the notification for your comment).

    I am sorry that you both don’t like my review, but I am glad that you both seem to enjoy the book. I think it is always good for a reader to enjoy a book, and it’s my loss that I don’t.

    Deepesh Patel, it’s not that I expect the good guys to die, it’s just that I didn’t feel it was believable that the Mogadorians were so tough and ruthless and powerful with Numbers 1 through 3, and then so completely ineffective with Mark and Sarah.

    Angry Reader, I’m sorry that you don’t like my review. I didn’t say any pros about the book because I really didn’t like anything much about the book at all, except Bernie Kosar, which I mentioned that I liked him best.

    Again, even factoring in with the suspension of belief, it was really hard to like this book because a lot of it just didn’t make sense to me. More so especially because the author is presenting it as a true story.

    I wrote this article based on my opinion of the book, and this was exactly how I felt about the book.

    On the other hand, I did watch the movie recently, and I liked it very much! I thought that a lot of the problems in the book weren’t present in the movie, and I thought that the special effects were amazing! =)

  • Wait A Second

    Dear Betty Wong, the main reason as to why the Mogadorians weren’t as successful in killing number four as compared to when they killed Numbers 1 through 3 was because Number 1 through three hadn’t developed their Legacies yet because of their young age. In other words it was much easier for the Mogadorians to kill the Loriens when they were defenseless.