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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  180,841 ratings  ·  10,808 reviews
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 440 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published 2010)
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It scorches my skin!

This book... this utterly pure disgrace of a book makes me want to throw up on an innocent baby. Thank God it didn't live up to its hype like Twilight did.

I couldn't get past chapter nine. I decided to give it time for me to find that little "spark." But, no.

Now here are the problems:

1. Lore can't use the word "and" in the proper way. Which seems like it's not a big of a deal, but it is!
2. The characters are all bland and pathetic. John seems to have a ridiculous bravado...more
Feb 27, 2011 Joyzi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peeps who don't mind reading ridiculous alien stories
Recommended to Joyzi by: my boyfriend duh!
Movie Update
I already watched the movie and it was better than the book. The romance was still gushy and mushy but at least the dialogues were a lot better in the movie. Also the movie was more fast paced and was action-packed at the end of the show. I think the dog was really cute and Number Six was really cool in the movie. Sam was also likable in the film. After watching Alex Pettyfer act on the screen for the first time I got to say he deserve and he's fitted for the Peeta Mellark and Jace W...more
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Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

There is always hope… Don’t give up hope just yet. It’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. So when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.

Wow! Just wow!! Have I ever loved an alien invasion!?! This book was (no pun intended) OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD!

Okay, it’s official… I’m an alien fan and all this business about invasions, them possibly living among us, alternate life forms out there, other planets…...more
I AM NUMBER FOUR is actually number four million if you consider the predecessors it is based upon. Meaning? We've been here before. About a bazillion times.

Let's take stock: aliens on Earth disguised as Earthlings. In fact, your neighbor may be a Lorien (the "good guy" planet of concern here) and the haberdasher (way to blend in!) may be a Mogadarian (the "bad guy" aliens who are hunting Lorien-types to the death). Novel idea, eh?

So our protagonist is on his 5,398th alias. It's (steady now) "Jo...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Oh boy, oh boy. I feel a long and ranting review coming on. *Rubs hands together* I secretly love tearing books to shreds. Figuratively, of course. Well, okay. I suppose this book could have been (slightly) more horrendous. I was very skeptical about it because, well, the story behind this book is rather sketchy.

So. Ever heard of James Frey? If not, he's an author who wrote a best-selling "memoir", A Million Little Pieces, which ultimately turned out to be fictional. So then everyone hated him a...more
The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia,
Number Two in England,
And Number Three in Kenya.
I am Number Four.
I am next.

Catchy, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, the story itself isn’t quite as catchy. I was rather underwhelmed, to be honest.

The plot was ok but somehow it only managed to hold my attention for a period of about 10 minutes. After that, I found myself getting bored and my thoughts kept drifting off to random topics like "what’s for dinner" or "shit, I really need to iron that white blouse o...more
Full review still in progress, but here's approximately the first half... pre-reading comments at the end.

EDIT: Okay, I'm never going to finish this thing. Frankly, I don't care. But I added a list of things I was planning to put into it at the end.

EDIT 2: Everyone who is even THINKING about reading this book should read this article: and find out exactly what you're dealing with and what you're supporting.

Introduction: I Am The Fourth Matrix

There is a th...more
Okay, class. here is your quiz!

Did I enjoy this book??? Yes

Was it fast-paced? Yes
Did it include enough action? Yes
Was there a love story? Yes
Did I have strong emotions in certain scenes? Yes
Do I want to read the next book? YES!!!
Will I watch the Movie? YES!!!
Were the character's likeable? Yes
Were the well developed? Yes
Did I enjoy the unvieling of the Legacies? Yes
Did I love Henri? Yes
Was I completely in the dark and suprised by the ending? Yes
Did I like the appearance of #6 at the end? Yes
Did i...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
You must turn off your brain and ask no questions when reading this book. It’s a requirement to enjoy it. I failed miserably. It may be readable but I Am Number Four is predictable and clichéd with inaccurate and vague descriptions and explanations.

For the most part I Am Number Four is an easy read although the language at times struck me as amateurish and clunky. Perhaps I expected too much after all this is YA but Lorien, it’s inhabitants and culture were too simple or too similar to that of...more
I removed my review (and all the comments).

I was tired sick of people writing me lengthy comments about how I read too much realistic fiction (really?), how I can't appreciate something fun and not overly brainy (do tell!) and, in general, all the ways I'm so obtuse for failing to appreciate this crap book.

Sorry trolls people, but my opinions are my own and I still think this book was lame, badly written, unoriginal and an overall neurons-killer.

The planet Lorien had been destroyed, leaving only nine young Garde and there guardians/keepers a chance to escape, survive, in hopes that they can fight again and save there race, flee to Earth.
They secretly weave among us as they slowly learn how to develop there powers, there Legacies. The Mogadorians, the ones responsible for destroying there home hunts them by order of there numbers.
It started out as a group of nine. Three killed. Six left. They wont stop till all are destroyed....more
One of the worst books I've read so far in 2011, second only after Spells in stupidity. I suppose this is another case of a book with a decent concept, but incredibly weak execution of said concept. My main gripe with this book was that it just bored me out of my mind. I am not usually a skimmer. I tend to read slowly, and really absorb each word and sentence, but this book just had me itching to skim through large sections. Boredom aside, I found the characters and dialogue quite wooden, and th...more
You know the most suspenseful, well-written part of I am Number Four? The cover: "Three are dead. I am number four." Pretty kick ass, huh? I certainly thought so, which is why I read it. Now I wish I had just left it on the shelf and let the power of those two lines remain my only association with the novel.

I'm about to point out several flaws to which many people will say, "Yeah, but it's young adult fiction." To them I say that just because a novel is labeled as "young adult" doesn't excuse s...more
Years ago I was watching The X-Files movie and during the climax scene Mulder and Scully need to get out of some remote, creepy warehouse before the building is destroyed (probably by aliens; it was always aliens that messed up Mulder's plans, and the show. Once upon a time X-Files was one of my favorite shows until they fell on the alien crutch every singe episode and gave up on coming up with with cool sci-fi explanations for the unexplained. Aliens ruin another good story, sigh. But I digress...more
Michelle. D.
OK, I loved this book. LOVED IT.
The characters were great, the plot was great, the events were great, the setting was great, EVERYTHING WAS GREAT!
The whole concept of the book was amazing!

But I got this weird vibe coming from deep within me after I finished reading the book. And it really annoyed me and angered me.
Here I am, just finished reading this amazing book, and i have this weird vibe just radiating from me.
It took me a few days to figure out what it was, so I will explain to you what the...more
I'm not sure what "I Am Number Four" is doing here on a website dedicated to reviewing books, because whatever this thing is (a travesty? a sham?), it's not a book. It's a disgrace to real books, which isn't quite the same thing.

That's how awful this piece of writing is. It's so awful I can't bring myself to call it a book, even though it's masquerading as one for tax purposes. Heed my warning, gentle reader: do not read this thing. I don't know you, but I know you're better than this. I have fa...more
★ Jess
A few years ago I heard about a movie called District 9. The majority of people I spoke to seemed to love it. One day my dad brought a copy home from the DVD store, and against my better instinct decided to watch it. I firmly believed that-being about aliens, spaceships and full of action-I would hate it. I thought it would be a 'geekish' movie, but none the less decided to give in to my dads pestering and watch it.
112 minutes later, the movie had ended and I walked from the room with a giant s...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Loved it – can’t wait for the sequel.

Ok, so I have to admit - I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation of this book when I went to watch Harry Potter 7 Part 1. Aaaaand it caught me, especially the teenage-superhero-awesome-powers and murder-with-more-to-come factors. But also because Four is played by this guy.


Yep, it’s Alex Pettyfer.

But onto the book.

If you like the first several Harry Potter’s, then you’d be able to appreciate this one, even if you’re too old to be part of the young-adult ag...more
Eric Allen
I Am Number Four
Book 1 of the Lorien Legacies
By Pittacus Lore

A Review by Eric Allen

Once upon a time, Michael Bay made a horrible movie. Okay, he's made quite a few horrible movies, but I Am Number Four stands out amongst them as having the absolute worst acting I have EVER seen put to film in my life, and keep in mind I've been through college film-making courses where I had to watch quite a few awful student films. It is REALLY saying something when this large budgeted flop of a movie takes the...more
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Clare Cannon
The trailer looks exciting - if you're into that sort of thing. So is the book it's based on any good?

It really depends what you mean by ‘good'. It's readable, and the New York Times bestseller list shows it has a wide following (particularly among teen boys... and girls who like Alex Pettyfer).

The basic storyline: nine young people came to earth from the planet Lorien to escape the evil aliens who attacked their planet. The Lorienites are super humans who look like us but have special powers....more

With I Am Number Four (which I was foolish enough to buy*) what you see is what you get. By which I mean that it is one of those YA novels aimed at a specific target demographic (YA) to reap the monetary rewards.

Many of my Goodreads friends have commented that authors do this in other novels (particularly YA novels) - writing cliched novels with the aim of drawing dollars from readers. To an extent I think most authors write for the dollar. They have to create a readership and keep making money...more
Cynthia Hand
I really enjoyed this book! It was just a powerful story, an interesting, imaginative premise, and an entertaining read from start to finish.

However, I learned later that this book is the product of James Frey pretty much ripping off a bunch of budding writers, which I so strongly disapprove of it's impossible for me to give this book more than 3 stars. Bad form. Very bad form.
You know the characterization sucks when the best character in the book is the dog....
Buku ini jelek, imo.
Sebabnya masih dapat 2 bintang adalah karena buku ini gak sampai pada taraf menyebalkan, sehingga akhirnya jadi "didn't like it" (seperti maksud dari rating 1 bintang-nya Goodreads).

Siapa sih Pittacus Lore ini?
Kok rasanya (cuma dugaan) seperti pengarang yang masih "belia" ya...?
Kenapa begitu? Karena "I Am Number Four" ini seperti masih "meraba-raba" (poin ini akan dijabarkan lebih lanjut).

Jadi apa isi ceritanya?

Alkisah, planet Lorien yang nuansanya (anehnya) mirip Bumi disera...more
Bill Muldowney
I greatly enjoyed this SciFi fantasy novel. The characters were well written, the villains suitably evil, and the plot interesting.
Jan 14, 2012 Donna added it
Shelves: lulz, dnf
DNF with a big fat woof. I wanted to go Hulk on this thing 10 pages in but what kind of chance would I be giving it if I didn't give it a little more than that? It was really hard for me to get past the terrible writing. It was even harder for me to get past the cliche orgy writhing on the pages. I had nominally higher hopes for this one because a lot of people said it was good, or at least enjoyed it. A bunch of them said the writing left something to be desired but how bad could it be, right?

4 stars is a little too generous, but this was a fun YA adventure, so 3.4. I can see why they made it into a movie. It has a lot of adventure, mystery, tension, & a strong, clean romance thread. (Kissing & some snuggling, but they never even got to groping.) There's also a well done moral message. The only partying is done by others & (view spoiler) There was also a strong environmental thread. All good stuff & it was very...more

I'll be honest and admit that the reason I finally decided to read this book was after I saw the preview of its movie version. I know that the movie don't always live up to the book but still...I need to know what it's about before seeing the movie. And since I'm an action and an alien junkie, I was definitely interested upon seeing the preview. So, no, the book is nothing like Superman, my most favorite alien of all time next to E.T. Although, John, our 16-year old alien from the planet Lo...more
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