- Reading level: 13+ years
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (3 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141330864
- ISBN-13: 978-0141330860
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,35,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Am Number Four: (Lorien Legacies Book 1) (The Lorien Legacies) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Pittacus Lore is a Loric Elder, from the Planet Lorien, which is three hundred million miles away. He is approximately ten thousand years old. He has been to earth hundreds of times, and he is here now.
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And his personality is even more cardboard that the Four from the Divergent, the movie one. Yup, it's that bad. And most of it is due to the writing.
Basically, the writing sucks. The dialogues are poorly written. There is no intrigue or urgency to it. There's a lot of telling and absolutely zero showing. Some scenes are semi-decent, while others feel like they've been written by a fifth grader. It's dull and has about as much emotion as a rubber duck. The only thing that kept me going was that it was boring and not incomprehensible, though the actions scenes came pretty darn close.
On the bright side, I liked the story about the aliens. I liked finding out more about the Lorien planet and what happened to it. The powers were cool. Everything 'alien' was good. It's actually the reason I'm planning to continue reading the series.
Another thing that wasn't good: the romance. I feel like I've been complaining about romances a lot, but is it really my fault that so many authors do a shoddy job of it? And this one was particularly bad because there wasn't any. Seriously, there was not one moment of romance or chemistry between John and Sarah. Their meet-cute was anything but cute. She's a gorgeous ex-cheerleader with a jackhole of an ex, who John liked because she's gorgeous and who liked John because... he's the protagonist?
The authors (Pittacus Lore is a collective name for two authors) didn't care about actually building a romance. They just threw it in there because it seems to be a requirement in YA fiction. And mostly, I don't mind the romances, like them even, but not his time. I mean, they didn't even put any effort into it.
And what made it worse was that it had zero relevance to the plot. Hell, Sarah, who didn't even get a personality, didn't have any relevance. You could've removed her entirely and things would have gone on without a hitch. Hands down one of the crappiest romances I've ever read, since the authors didn't even seem to care about it. They actually didn't seem to care about anything, if you take into account the amount of cliché, or convenient, parts. I feel like this was just an easy money-maker.
Overall... I've got nothing else to say. I'll read the sequel (maybe in a couple of month, maybe later). As for this book, read it if you feel like it.
The protagonist and antagonist didn't make an impact me at all and it wasn't as addicting as other books I've read.
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