Thursday, May 5, 2016
I Am Number Four
I think I enjoyed I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (not an actual person, by the way,) because I had such low expectations of it going in. I didn't know anything about this book other than that it had been a terrible flop of a movie starring Diana Agron from Glee and some blonde guy. I was expecting the book to be awful, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was not.
Here's the scoop: "John" is an alien. So is his "dad" Henri. They escaped their planet along with 8 other kids and the adults responsible for raising them (not their parents, more like teachers) when some evil aliens from a different planet started destroying their home world. The 9 kids were chosen because they have powers... or are going to GET powers when they hit puberty. Once they get their powers, the theory is that they will be able to fight the bad aliens, who followed them to earth and are hunting them down. For some reason, the planet's elders put a spell on the kids, so the bad guys can only kill them in a specific order. Three of them are dead already so the story is told from the point of view of John, who is #4.
The good stuff - there's a lot of mindless but entertaining action in this story. I liked the dog. I also liked Henri.
The bad stuff - the female love interest is unbelievably dull and bland (which is probably why they cast Agron, one of the dullest, blandest actresses of her age group), and though it was marketed as a teen novel, the story is so cookie cutter and simplistic, it should really be classified as middle grade. Still, it was entertaining for a quick read, though I am definitely not planning to read the rest of the series, which inexplicably contains 7 books. SEVEN books. That's probably 6 too many.
Rating: 3/5 bookmarks, just because it was so much better than I thought it would be, even though it was still pretty bad. The dog was cute.