Title: I Am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore
Published by: HarperCollins
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
From Goodreads: In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
As a disclaimer I wanted to let everyone know that when this book first came out I really had no interest in reading it. Then the movie came out and it looked really good and I know that if I see the movie first I won't want to read the book. So I went out and bought the book so I could read it before seeing the movie.
I have read a couple of sci-fiction books and have enjoyed them more than I thought I would...this novel included. I've always had this image of green, creepy, creatures as alians, but not anymore.
This story pulled me in from page one. I'm not really sure what it was about the book that hooked me, but I definitely wanted to know more. The Lorian Legacies were compelling and mysterious. You get suck right in and devoured the pages as though they were chocolate. I was confused at times, but I enjoyed the way the author gave us small pieces of information over the entire novel instead of overwhelming us.
My major issue with this novel is that I don't really feel as if I connected with anyone in the story. They all felt a bit distant and not welcoming. I wish that I could have really connected with them, because I think this would have been a very powerful story then.
The story that the author created was amazing. It was so detailed and complex but at the same time completely believable. I could picture these multiples universes and the war that broke out between them. I felt as if I was in a fantasy movie the entire time. I'm sure this is going to make a great movie and I can't wait to see it.