Author: Pittacus Lore
Reading Level: Young Adult
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 had never heard of this book, but I got to talking with a local book seller and we seem to let each other know of new and notable titles. She brought I Am Number Four to my attention. The book didn't come out for another 2 months, but I got online and checked out the first few chapters. The movies rights were bought by Steven Spielberg! Um...it MUST be good if the movie is being made before the book has even been published. So, I was there on release day to get my copy and see what this sci-fi book was all about.
I'm not a sci-fi person. At least I didn't think I was. My mom has been urging me to give the genre a chance and that I would be surprised at what I find. So, I thought I Am Number Four would be a perfect way to get my feet wet, and boy was I glad!
It's not too sci-fi-ish (I know that's not a word, but I can't think of anything that described it better than that). It kept me interested in the characters and their quest to stay hidden. I read it quickly and felt the momentum the whole time. Really great read! I'll urge all of you to give it a try!
"I am an alien, I have extraordinary powers, with more to come, and I can do things that no human would dream of, but I still look like a fool."
The movie comes out Feb 2011!!
Starring Alex Pettyfer!