Friday, 3 September 2010

Review: I Am Number Four

Title: I Am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Penguin
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 440
Rating: 4/5




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.



Review:
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!

Quote:
"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!

9 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you have a great relationship with a bookseller! I have a copy of this as well, but I haven't gotten around to it as yet. It's meant to be written by James Frey..

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  2. The concept of this book is wonderful. And it certainly helped that I imagined Four as Alex Pettyfer!

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  3. I've been meaning to read this but I've been putting it off. I'll have to see if I can find it in my library somewhere. Looking forward to the movie too :P.

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  4. I've been meaning to read this but I've been putting it off. I'll have to see if I can find it in my library somewhere. Looking forward to the movie too :P.

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  5. mmm sounds like a find, must put it on my to be read list!

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  6. My daughter just bought this and is devouring it. I'll have to borrow it.

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  7. Oh yay! Got this from the library had been hearing buzz about the movie but I hadn't actually seen that many reviews of it! Looking forward to starting it!

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  8. I'm so glad I found your blog! I've been on a diet of regency novels and chick lit, and am on the lookout for something else. This looks interesting. Thanks! :)

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