I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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 Am Number Four hooked me from the first chapter. Actually I was probably hooked during the prologue. This is great young adult science fiction. Filled with lots of great characters including evil aliens, powerful heroes, a beautiful girl, Pittacus Lore’s book was a page turner for me.

Pittacus Lore? Seemed liked a pseudonym and after reading the book there was no question it was. A google search of “Who is Pittacus Lore?” showed that I Am Number Four was written by team-writers James Frey & Jobie Hughes.

Although I know my 12 year old would love this book I’m not allowing him to read it yet. There is quite a bit of language in it. Perhaps it really stood out to me because I was listening to the audio version instead of reading. The narrator is fabulous but I literally jumped a couple times as obscenities were shouted in my ear.

There is a movie being released in February 2011 which I’ll definitely watch. Looking forward to the sequel The Power of Six due out in 2011. There are supposed to be six books in the series.

Content: Lots of language, no “f bombs” but just about everything else. Also quiet a bit of violence.

Rating: 4 Stars