June 03, 2018

#BookReview: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore #TakeControlTBR

About the Book:

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.

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Recommended Age: Young Adult, Middle Grade 
Genre: Science Fiction
How I Acquired this book: Purchased 
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author:
Pittacus Lore is Lorien's ruling Elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years, preparing for the war that will decide Earth's fate. His whereabouts are unknown.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This book has been on my TBR for some time and man was I missing out. I just finished this and it was so good. 

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions: First off let’s talk about the book vs. the movie!  This one starts out pretty much how the movie does. I saw the movie ages ago when it first came out and I loved it. Since then anytime I bring it up. People complain about how much was taken out of it. But after reading the book there wasn’t much. 

If you have seen the movie the book pretty much follows all the same things. Although Six is not as badass in the book as she is on the screen and unfortunately does not drive a motorcycle. Henri doesn’t you know that until much later in the book. And well John is only 15 and Sarah is actually a year ahead of him. The other difference is that we get a LOT more backstory than we do in the movie. We get to see the planet they come from and learn a lot more about why they are there and what happened to their home planet. But the core of the book is in the movie. I really really wish that it had done well. Or that someone like the CW or Freeform gives it another chance. 

Ok so as for the book on its own. I really kind of wish I hadn’t seen the movie before reading the book. For the fact that I already knew how it was going to end and that took away all of the excitement of reading it for the first time. Since I had seen the movie I knew pretty much all the big spoilers and secrets which kind of really sucked. The only nice thing is since I’ve seen the movie so many times. I think I’ll be able to pick up the next book years from now and still know what’s going on. 

All the characters were great although John at times felt more like he was 12 vs. 15. I would say this would be great for high middle grade to low teen. I really hope that as the story progresses from here that the writing for the characters gets better and the age group gets raised. But I was still engaged in the reading. Unlike other middle-grade novels such as the Percy Jackson series. 

The storyline was great I followed along just fine and finished this book in a day. I was never lost or wondering or confused. And the ending tied up everything that it needed to. 

I really can’t wait to be able to add the next books to my reading list. I have all of them LOL I know I’m such a hoarder. I think I’m missing the newest one as well as the spin-off. But I will totally be adding those to my wishlist!  

Go Into This One Knowing: The movie vs. the book: The book gives more backstory but the movie does a great job of telling the story! 

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