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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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

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

Feb 29, 2020

This is a great start to an amazing series. The lost files are a must read to get the whole experience. I'm rereading the series now and am on the Power of Six, but I read the lost files #1-6 first because once I started reading Adam's stories I just had to finish all his lost files stories. Adam is one of my favorite characters and I love his relationship with Dust, just like Four and Bernie Kosar's relationship, the chimaera are an awesome addition. The legacies reborn trilogy is fun as well. I like that there are still some of the characters from Loren legacies as main characters. With that series, the lost files are essential as well, especially since you get to read more about Six and Sam. I meant to rate this 5 stars but I hit the wrong thing on my phone and now can't figure out how to change it!

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

Aug 11, 2018

If you watched the movie... shame on you! Don't even compare the book, please.
The book, like most cases, is substantially better in many ways!
More details, and of course a bit different story line towards the end (copywriter laws).
But due to the further explanation, and detail about things, as well as better character development and relations, the book has a great way of making you feel closer to the characters and understand how they think. Not only that, but the Four's and Six's powers are HEAPS better in the book, and they are more badass!
It's a great book to set the series off - which you should definitely invest in - cause this series is amazing! The movie gave this book, and series no justice.

Aug 08, 2018

A great start to the series, I like how well it sets everything up and introduces characters without being too overwhelming.

Aug 05, 2018

Ack, I don't know what to say. It was just so... AWESOME. I am a sucker for romance even at a level of crushes and stuff like that. And the love interests in this book, oof. Even though it sci-fi it doesn't feel like it. I love this series and can't wait to see if they go home to Lorien and defeat the Mogs!! I'll always root for the Garde. Oh and I ship John and Six, I don't really like Sarah as much. And Eight and Seven!!

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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.”

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


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."

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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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