I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

eBook - 2010 | 1st ed
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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, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062007995
Characteristics: 1 online resource (440 p.)


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Apr 20, 2021

I am Number 4 is a easy to read teen novel that is very enjoyable. It has a simple plot where a super powered teen rises to the occasion of protecting humanity from some evil organization, in this case an evil alien race. It follows the life of John Smith, the 4 member of the Garde and the next one to be hunted. He meets up with Sarah, his love interest, Sam, a close friend, and Mark, a bully turns ally, as he fights for his own survival and for the eventual formation of a rebellion group to defend Earth. The book really only has its plot to create its intrigue, so I find it best not to spoil it, but the metaphors is the book are fairly obvious (e.g. Goode is a do gooder and Hart is John’s heart.)

Mar 03, 2021

This book is too good. I would like it if there weren't as many people who liked it because I have to wait like, 2 months each time. Especially because it has HUGE cliffhangers and they're kinda annoying

Jan 28, 2021

This was a fun YA romp with friendships, plenty of action, aliens, and superpowers. I remember seeing the movie when it first came out, and I don't recall it being very good, so I was a little hesitant to dive into this one. Thankfully, it was much better than I remember the movie being. The main premise is there are nine child survivors from the planet Lorien who came to Earth with their adult protectors, who would nurture them, help them grow into their abilities, and keep them on the move and away from the Mogadorians, another alien race who are set to kill the children so they can take over the Earth. The hitch is, the children are protected by a strange charm that only allows them to be killed in number order. As the story opens, child number 3 is killed. It's a different and interesting setup to be sure, which is what drew me into the story in the first place.
Most people take issue with the dumb decisions John (number 4) makes, rather like sending up fireworks and letting the bad guys know where he is. I disagree- I believe he was just acting like a teen, desperately trying to fit in and live as normal a life as possible, even though that was never in the cards for him. I loved how he never took any crap from the school bully, and even sought him and his buddies out and taught them a lesson after he and his friend Sam were hazed. Also a bonus, there were really no annoying characters in the book.
Now, the not-so-great stuff. The Garde (the numbered children) were WAY too powerful. Instead of getting one ability, like X-Men, these kids get multiple. They start out with super speed and strength, and develop others, like flame resistance, telekinesis, invisibility, element control... the list goes on. They are practically Gods. It's a little excessive, especially when you know the other half of the population, known as the Cepan (the adult protectors) don't have any abilities at all. That hardly seems fair. Henri, John's Cepan, really didn't clue John in on much of anything, and did the old withhold-information-to-draw-out-the-plot, not my favorite method of storytelling. There were some slow parts in text that felt like filler, just to show the passing of time.
Other than that, this was an interesting twist on the superhero story, and I'm intrigued enough to read the rest.

Jan 23, 2021

Action packed and Heartfelt, couldn't put this book down!!

Sep 30, 2020

This book is the action-packed beginning of an incredible series about aliens, superpowers, and war. John Smith, our main character, lives a seemingly ordinary life with his guardian Henri. The both of them are secretly alien survivors from the planet Lorien, the latter sworn to protect the former. John must learn to handle his newfound superpowers called Legacies, while dealing with the problems of a high school student. His life is turned upside down though, when the aliens who destroyed his home planet come to Earth to finish him and the rest of his kind, who are hidden across the world. So begins the incredible journey of Number Four.

I Am Number Four is an incredibly interesting read, and although the idea behind it is fairly common nowadays, Pittacus Lore takes it to an amazing level. This is the beginning of an incredible story spanning seven books, and after this one, you will be unable to stop.

Sep 18, 2020

The book I Am Number Four is a very well thought out book with a unique plot. It is about an alien who’s planet was destroyed by an opposing alien race. Nine children escaped and came to earth to hide. Three of the aliens were hunted and killed and number four was the next target. This book is a very good action and science fiction novel and even throws romance into the blend. I personally enjoyed the book and am excited to continue reading the series I would certainly recommend for a young adult audience. Rating: 4.5/5- @Newgate of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
I Am Number Four is the first in the Lorien Legacies series, a scientific fiction by Pittacus Lore. The concept is that there are nine child survivors from the planet Lorien known as the Garde, who have come to Earth with their adult protectors, the Cepans, They always have to be on the move because another alien species, Mogadorians, plan to destroy the children in order to take over the Earth. The tale is told from the perspective of John Smith, the protagonist, This book's storyline was one of my favourites! The author had a fantastic way of creating suspense that made me want more. Every chapter is eventful and action-packed, and the novel has a sweet love story involving the main character. The main message that comes from this book is that there is always hope. John is one of the last of his kind, his world has been destroyed, and an alien race is out to get him. However, the characters never lose hope, no matter how bad things get. Since the book includes some swearing, I would recommend it to readers aged 12+. I read this book on Overdrive as an ebook. Rate: 4/5 @youngtween of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I really enjoyed reading I am Number Four. I loved the plot of the book. The fact that the main character is an alien that looks just like everybody else. I really like how it isn’t just about the aliens coming to earth, it's about two types of aliens who fight each other on earth. The characters are also amazing. They seem to come to life while I’m reading. All of them seem like people that I’ve met. This book is also a page turner. Something happens every chapter. It's not like other books when nothing happens until the end, in this one, there are exciting events leading up to the end. I think this book is fabulous and absolutely recommend it. @ToastieTaco of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Watermelody Jan 20, 2020

This is your friendly Youth Librarian, and wow, I am so late to the party on this one.
Impressions: It's tense, the universe-building is cool, and the plot sets up the series well. I can understand why it would be ear-marked for a movie, there's lots of action, some romance, and a lot of relatability (when you remove the fact that the protagonist is an alien).
The book has been on and off my 'to read' shelf for years. I am so glad I got around to it, albeit 10 years late.

Nov 19, 2019

This book is the beginning of a prolific series. I'm glad it has earned the attraction of my 15-year-old son.

Oct 19, 2019

I love this book! There was a fighting scene that I didn't get a whole lot about, but otherwise, its a must put on my list read! Also, Pittcus lore's name is James Frey.

Feb 24, 2019

This was a great book, better than the movie. I can just find it annoying, being an author like this, and having movie makers just jumble up the whole story line like they did in the movie. I have come to like the books a lot better than the movies, because they provide much more background and understanding to what's going on, and why it's going on.
I am a sucker for books with characters who have powers like this from an unknown world, and also with romance ; ~ )
This was a great book, written in a way where it's hard to put down

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Oct 19, 2019

"3 are dead.
I am Number four."-John Smith

Mar 11, 2018

life is good

Apr 25, 2015

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

qwertyuiop12 Jan 30, 2014


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.”

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

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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Jun 28, 2018

Coarse Language: A bit of swearing, not to over the top though

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

Dec 13, 2013

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

Dec 13, 2013

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

Sep 30, 2013

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

Aug 28, 2013

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

Apr 16, 2013

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

Apr 16, 2013

Violence: lots of violence. Some bloody.

Apr 16, 2013

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

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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.

Jun 10, 2012

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

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.

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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