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Book Review: I Am Number Four By Pittacus Lore



Perhaps what makes this book easy to read and understand and less sci-fi-y is that although the protagonist, John, is an alien, he still looks and acts like a human, the only difference is that he was born on ‘Lorien’, not Earth.

I’m not entirely sure whether this book belongs under the genre ‘sci-fi’ as to be honest there is not that much alien/out of this world content. The majority of the book takes place on Earth with brief glances at other planets, and there are only two alien races, both of which look pretty much like humans. This book is aimed at young adults and I think that both boys and girls can enjoy it.

There are both battle scenes and love scenes which brings a balance that is just right. The book does not contain lots of made up words that are difficult to understand, pretty much everything can be found in your standard (human) dictionary. The love aspect of this novel is predictable, but to be honest, that can be said for just about every young adult story with romance. The rest of the story, however, is not. There are some unexpected surprises to keep you on your toes and I think the minor characters add a lot to this book.

It is quite an emotional story about a boy, who is next on his biggest enemies hit list, trying desperately to stay alive so that he can save his planet. The relationships between the characters are true and this offers much to the plot line. The book does differ slightly from the film, but the main plot remains the same.

I highly recommend this book to young adults, and if you’ve never tried reading sci-fi before, this is as good a place as any to start and ease yourself in!

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  1. NiNJADALiA.
    10th May 2011 / 1:12 PM

    Wow, i guess i need to read this book this summer! Your review of it makes me wanna read it ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Hannah @ Broc's Bookcase
    5th August 2015 / 10:19 AM

    I love this book! Got it when I was younger but still really enjoy reading it now too. I totally agree with what you are saying regarding the Sci-Fi. I think because John grew up “human” even when he gets his “powers” it doesn’t feel sci-fi. I really like Sam and think he makes an excellent minor character due to the fact that he is involved in John’s story/task, but also has his own too in searching for the truth about his dad. I’ve got a few of the books in this series but never got round to finishing it. I really should do that! Great review ๐Ÿ™‚

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