Book Review: Lorien Legacies #1: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar


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 into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.


Let me just say this first: THE MOVIE IS BETTER THAN THE BOOK.

but i still want to post a book review. don’t contradict me! =)

sci-fi is not my normal cup of tea. every now and then a book catches my eye. IANF is one.

well the atmosphere of the book is dreary, what with all the running and hiding and fearing for your life because of the Mogadorians (gosh, i just hate them). but the story is captivating enough for an alien theme.  Alien Powers are called Legacies, which is cool. something new to my hearing, i guess?

Number Four a.k.a. John Smith – very original *snickers* his character is nice enough. staying invisible has been his way of life to avoid detection of the Mogadorians. but i loved it that when he was pushed, he stands his ground for the first time. enough shoving, he says. i have Legacies. i can and i will fight. about time!

Sarah – uhmm, picture perfect dream girl? nothing bad to say against her character. she even turned her back from cheerleader status because she noticed she’s becoming a different person. i told you, perfect. too perfect that she accepted John being an alien with (i think) a single bat of an eyelash. i mean, i wouldn’t believe it at first! aliens? cmon now. i might have laughed at John’s face. but Sarah, just took it in stride. she says it because she loves him. really? *rolling eyes*

henri: wow. such an admirable character 🙂 to leave his beloved wife on (about-to-be-destroyed) Lorien for the sake of duty (to their race, to Number Four). the author plugged that when their race loves, it is forever. meaning they are monogamists (is that the right term?). well they surpasses humans on that one, for sure. *evil grin* henri’s dedication to Number Four and their purpose is really something. i cried when he ____ (spoiler alert!)

Bernie Kosar – awww! i just melts for this guy! so very loyal and protective to Number Four. i want to hug him (but not on his monster state) when he was wounded in the battle.

Mogadorians – creepy big aliens. just reading what they’re look like and what they are like… eek! i keep remembering the nasty orcs from LOTR which are just as creepy.

fave scene: almost getting caught in the basement of the publisher(?). my my, i was quivering when i read that part. i want to push, push them to get away from there (the Mogadorians are almost there!), i was itching to run myself for their sakes! ha. that was good. i am certain that will be their end already. fortunately, its not. whoopee!

the ending: let’s just say i’m more of a Number Six fan. Number Four is not good under pressure. well at least he survived his first Mogadorian attack, right?

the verdict: it was a really good adventure! you just have to be patient when Number Four is brooding on the book. i understand his dilemma (in a strange planet, being hunted, without a family or a home planet anymore). it has a so-so love story – don’t expect too much YA romance here.

watching out for book two – Number Seven’s story is up.


“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Lorien Legacies #1: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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