I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Digital Audiobook narrated by Neil Kaplan
Published by HarperCollins on August 3rd 2010
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 440 pages or 11 hours, 32 minutes
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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.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect of this book. I know it had something to do with aliens and super powers. I remember seeing the film trailer… but that was about it. This one definitely exceeded my expectations.
Four (“John” for the purposes of this novel) is one of the few survivors of his race, hiding on earth from the vicious aliens that wiped out his planet. He and his protector Henri move from town to town, never staying somewhere long enough that they can be found. The survivors cannot be killed out of order. The first three have already been killed. Four is next. They can’t be too careful.
I kept trying to predict this book, constantly expecting one character or another to die and then follow with an amazing growth arc or cycle of vengeance, but I kept guessing wrong. Nothing pleases me more in a book than not being able to predict the direction of a novel. I like to be surprised, even when it infuriates me.
Where the story was interesting and fun, the characters were sort of unimpressive. The love story was predictable. The best friend/sidekick was totally cliched and ridiculous. I HATE the nerd stereotypes. The narrator further enforced this by giving Sam a nasal voice; I am not enthused. I did like the characters’ decision making skills (they are not as reckless and lucky as most) and I thought Henri was a really good character.
OMG though some of the dialogue was SO CHEESY.
I’ll definitely be picking up the next book!