Sunday, December 11, 2011
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
YA Science Fiction
I don’t read much YA but I Am Number Four caught my attention when the book was made into a movie. I have not seen the movie but when I saw the book was available for check out as an ebook at my local library I put it on reserve. My turn to get the book came up last week. If you have not heard of the book here is the premise as stated on Amazon:
"John Smith has just arrived in Paradise, Ohio, just another stop in a string of small towns where the 15-year-old has been hiding out from the Mogadorians. Those terrifying aliens are hellbent on destroying him and the other nine Loric children who have sought refuge on Earth. The Mogadorians are picking off the surviving kids in numerical order. The first three are dead and John's number is up. Will his Legacies, his defining super powers, develop in time for him to fight against the enemy? I Am Number Four is a breathless page-turner of a sci-fi novel that will have readers rooting for the teen alien who must unleash his fire power to save himself, his human friends, and the planet. This is the first of a slated multi-book series that, judging by this first book, will help reinvigorate a traditional YA genre that's grown a bit light on strong character development. So, gear-up sci-fi fans, the battle for Earth is on and there's a new kid in town!"
It sounds great and I Am Number Four was even ranked one of Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010. I did like the story idea and I even liked the characters. The plot concept was great but the carry through left something to be desired. The book just kept dragging on and on with nothing much happening until the very end. I am interested enough that if I run into the next book I will give it a try. I noticed that while I am Number Four got very mixed ratings on Amazon and Goodreads the next book in the series The Power of Six got much better ones.