I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

Book - 2010
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In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061969553
0061969559
Branch Call Number: Teen Lor
Characteristics: 440 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I am number 4

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Gwen904
Jun 22, 2018

It was interesting, but it had some issues.
First of all, John is only fifteen-years-old and should not be kissing a girl so passionately and getting so close to doing you-know-what. Second of all, John and Sarah fell in love way too quickly. They were just like "we're good-looking I like you let's go be in a relationship". Third of all, all the characters swear way too much for comfort—even John, Sarah, and Henri, who are supposed to be the "good guys". Fourth of all, there were plenty of face-palm clichés.
I have to admit, though, that the premise was interesting and the plot kept me hooked most of the way while reading. The final battle scene was pretty cool. Number Six was an asset to the storyline, and I loved the dog.
There are a lot of great reviews for this book raving about how amazing it is, but I just don't get it. It wasn't amazing. It was decently okay. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to continue the series.

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z_sarver
Apr 17, 2018

AMAZING!

MelifluousView Apr 06, 2018

I jumped in for the sci-fi and was surprised by the romance. I enjoyed watching John develop his legacies and especially his visions of home.

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umar4
Mar 11, 2018

it is a great book

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edang03
Sep 09, 2017

A couple years ago, my friend pretty much forced me to read this book (I'm usually not into sci-fi)..... and holy cow, I do not regret reading it at all. I, a picky reader, was engrossed in this series. My love for the Lorien Legacies is the closest I'm going to get to true love any time soon.

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ayoshida
Aug 07, 2017

Full of action I fell in love with this book. With a bit of romance it makes the perfect book. over all this is a must read book/ series.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

I am Number Four is a great book for those who are beginning to read Science-Fiction books as well as those who are already into the genre, but it has its problems. While the aliens come to Earth from another planet is overused, Pittacus Lore puts a new spin on it by having those aliens (called Lorics) be hunted by other aliens (called Mogadorians). The Mogadorians are only able to kill the Lorics being hunted in order of the numbers 1-9 that they were assigned when they left their planet. This seems to be a major plot point, but during the book there is not that many confrontations with the Mogadorians. The book has many cliche aspects as well, which ruins part of the experience for the book. However the ending of the book was fantastic as it brings in new parts of the plot and develops them the best they can and brings more action to the book which makes it more interesting. The new parts add to the ending in making the ending better in my opinion. Overall the book is good, but it has some parts it could really improve on to make the book better.
- @TheBookieMonster of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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navy_badger_62
May 13, 2017

Great book I though I was the character because I related to John Smith (number four).

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blue_dog_8329
Oct 08, 2016

I know this book got a lot of amazing reviews and all... but I have to say I can't agree. I struggled multiple times to keep reading, and I was never very hooked. Some parts were too rushed and not very deep, while others I wanted to just skip all together. This still was an okay book, I wasn't completely bored, just not very into it...

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Pandixisxmyxname
Sep 02, 2016

HENRI ;_;

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Mar 11, 2018

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Mar 23, 2017

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Mar 26, 2015

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CYANID3
Jan 27, 2015

CYANID3 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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umar4
Mar 11, 2018

life is good

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Jo_Hermione
Apr 25, 2015

“Best way to deal with fear is to confront it.”

waywardangel Mar 19, 2014

My iPod rumbles again. It's not actually an iPod. It doesn't play any music and the earbuds are just for show. It's a gadget that Sandor put together in his lab. It's my Mogadorian detector. I call it my iMog.

qwertyuiop12 Jan 30, 2014

"I"--Henri

black_cobra_252 Aug 26, 2013

“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”

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_Abi_
May 24, 2013

"The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings."--Henri

chrisgotstacks Jul 29, 2012

the movie is mind blowing :O

chrisgotstacks Jul 28, 2012

live out loud

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VDuran17
Jul 09, 2012

"You look like Sasquatch wearing that suit, Sam says.
Eat it, Sam, I say."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

John: No, No - You can go wherever you want. See whatever you want to but, um... a place is only as good as the people you know in it. I... I think this is a pretty good place.

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yood2
Aug 19, 2014

Coarse Language: Too much! Swears!

scotty_hanson May 09, 2014

Coarse Language: It has quite a bit of swearing if you aint itno that stuff, but other wise, Best book ever

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I_heart_Po_my_dog
Dec 13, 2013

Coarse Language: some swearing wouldn't recommend it if you are not into that or do not approve

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I_heart_Po_my_dog
Dec 13, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: may get a little scary for younger ones if not into action packed books

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epicness1
Sep 30, 2013

Sexual Content: Nothing to bad, but a bit mature for kids under 10

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banana197
Aug 28, 2013

Coarse Language: some swearing. notice: whole series is like this. if you don't like that, don't read!

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2013

Sexual Content: some kissing and stuff. make outs sessions.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2013

Coarse Language: sh*t damn Di** ect...

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: its intense kept me reading finnished this book in 2 hours

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2013

Violence: lots of violence. Some bloody.

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black_cobra_252 Aug 26, 2013

I am Number Four is the first book in its series. It is about Number Four who is an alien from the Planet Lorien. He had come with his Cepan and the other 8 Garde and Cepans on a ship a long time ago to defeat the Mogodorians who had hunted down his people and to save Earth from them.. He is living in Paradise, Ohio as John Smith and his "Dad" or Cepan as Henri. He developed powers as he grew to save Earth from Mogodorians. As his time went on in Paradise he fell in love with Sarah a girl from his school and became close friends with Sam another kid from his school. The Mogodorians are hunting down the Garde in order of number because that is the only way they can be killed. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are dead. Number Four is next.

Saulia Jul 06, 2012

This book follows the story of John, one of nine aliens with powers from the planet of Lorien. The opposing alien race - Mogadorians - have ruined Lorien, and the only remaiders of the race have fled to Earth. The Mogadorians have ruined their home planet as well, as they did not deal appropriately with issues associated with the growth of their civilization, a problem Earth struggles with today. The Lorien aliens can only be killed in order, and the book begins with the death of Number Three.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is from the planet Lorien. He was sent to Earth as a child with eight others to escape the invading Mogadorians, who had destroyed their own home planet. He is protected by a Warrior/Guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), and has developed extraterrestrial "legacies", including enhanced strength, speed and agility, telekinesis and the power to transmit plasma light through his hands.

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Black_Panda_1
Jun 10, 2012

the lorics are escaping from the mogadorians. will the race survive?

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somethinghere123
Sep 16, 2011

Number Four and Henri are Lorics and have been living on the run from the Mogadorians for a decade. When they move into the small town of Paradise, Ohio, things start to happen. Number Four ("John") falls in love with a girl named Sarah (who, by the way, is a human), he starts developing his Legacies, and the Mogadorians are locking in on him. Number 1, 2, and 3 are all dead, killed by the Mogadorians - and Number 4 is next.

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E_Kazan
Oct 28, 2010

The back:
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live amoung 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 amoung 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.

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