Saturday, 12 February 2011

I am Number Four - Pittacus Lore - Review

Book: I am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Michael Joseph

Rating: A+

John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him. But you can't run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about - and who care about him. Never in John's short life has there been space for friendship, or even love. But it's just a matter of time before John's secret is revealed. He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next ... 

This book ticked all the boxes for me. A evil force. A relationship. Very cool powers. And big battle. 

From the moment I started reading it I was enticed. I love how Lore has shown how number three died but it would have been even better if the Prologue had how all of the first three had died. 

The plot was amazing, and I loved how a chapter would leave you hanging and then three chapters later the puzzle would slot together and you would be like ‘Ohhh, how cool!’. The basic plot outlines the facts that John Smith is on the Run form the Mogadorians, and along the way he meets a Girl, and Alien obsessed friend, a couple of mogadorians, a weird dog, number six, and has a big fight. 

My favourite character would have to be either Bernie Kosar or Henri. Bernie Kosar, although not a person (dog actually) you take instant liking to him. He is homey, friendly and totally awesome. I mean what is he: A dog, A gecko, or A giant alien monster (good though)... wait! He’s all of them!!! 
Henri is very fun, and very serious, he pretty much does all the technical stuff in the book whilst John, falls in love, kills mogadorians, and saves the day. 

My favourite part would have to be at the fair where John and Sarah go on the ride together and Mark James tries to kidnap them. Mark is a bit off a player, because in the end he goes to John’s aid and helps fight. 

I loved the style of first person, because you don’t often get that in sci fi books. 

Very well written, and a great start to a fantastic series, five stars from me. 

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