I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies Series #1)

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies Series #1)

by Pittacus Lore
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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies Series #1) by Pittacus Lore

The first book of the #1 New York Times bestselling series and the inspiration for the hit movie from Dreamworks!

John Smith seems like an ordinary teenager, living a normal life with his guardian Henri in Paradise, Ohio. But for John, keeping a low profile is essential, because he is not an ordinary teenager. He’s an alien from the planet Lorien, and he’s on the run. A group of evil aliens from the planet Mogadore, who destroyed his world, are hunting anyone who escaped.

Nine Loric children were sent to Earth to live in hiding until they grew up and developed their Legacies, powers that would help them fight back—and help them save us. Three of them are now dead. John is Number Four, and he knows he’s next….

Michael Bay, director of Transformers, raved: “Number Four is a hero for this generation.” This epic story is perfect for fans of action-packed science fiction like The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey, The Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

The battle for Earth’s survival wages on. Read all of the books: #2: The Power of Six, #3: The Rise of Nine, #4: The Fall of Five, #5: The Revenge of Seven, #6: The Fate of Ten, and #7: United as One.

Don’t miss the first book in the brand-new I Am Number Four spin-off series: Generation One.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061969577
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Series: Lorien Legacies Series , #1
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 25,618
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Pittacus Lore is Lorien's ruling Elder. He has been on Earth preparing for the war that will decide Earth's fate. His whereabouts are unknown.

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I Am Number Four 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5483 reviews.
EdmundDantes More than 1 year ago
1st - I bought this book when I saw the preview for the movie. 2nd - I am not a lover of stories about teenagers. That said, I really enjoyed I Am Number Four. It had my sci-fi element, my good versus evil, and a few elements of surprise. The older, my cynical side of me thinks it could have kept the teen love aspect. It just made it seem like the boook was written specifically to be turned into a movie. Unintentional snobishness aside, I was pleasantly surprised at the way the story had me from the go. Was it the most involved, moving writing I have ever seen? Nope, but it didn't need it. I appreciated the story first and foremost and quickly got over the fact that Isaac Asinov didn't write it. I found myself moved in parts and speeding through pages in my Nook, trying to find out what happened next. This is obviously a part of a series, and I'm anxious for the next Chapter. There are many secrets to uncover. Grab this for a quick read on an airplane or a lazy Sunday.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours. Loved also the movie.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
I love the ideas behind this book and was hooked from the very first page! Even though this one was a great read, I am truly excited for the next book because I can definitely see its potential to be the next ground-breaking series! Fans of Hunger Games, The Host, and Graceling should definitely give this book a try!
olive_oyl More than 1 year ago
I Am Number Four is a well written science fiction book by Pittacus Lore. In this book, John Smith is an alien from the planet Lorien. He came to earth when his planet was destroyed by the Mogadorians, with his guardian Henri who was sent to keep anyone from harming him. There were 9 Lorien children sent to Earth to preserve the species. These nine have been separated most of their lives. They are connected through a Lorien charm that protects the nine children from the Mogadorians. The Mogadorians are hunting down the Lorien children one by one. The children are numbered one through nine. The Mogadorians can only kill the children in order of their number. Three are dead. John Smith is number four. They will come for him next. I really enjoyed this book. I felt that it was well written and did a good job of drawing the reader into another world. When I first heard of this book from my friend, I was somewhat skeptical about how well the book would be written. However, after I read it, I have found that this has become my favorite book. I can't wait for more! The setting in I Am Number Four was very well manipulated. The book starts out with John and Henri living in Florida. They have to abruptly leave their home there and move on to somewhere else, do to the fact that they know the Mogadorians will soon catch up with them there. John and Henri leave their pristine private beach in Florida and move to Paradise, Ohio. John and Henri's home in Paradise is surrounded with dense forests and gives the feeling of being snug in their home. Paradise, Ohio really comes to feel like a home to John. All throughout the book Lore gives a very vivid description of the setting and allows the reader to fly across the country and enter the world that involves Paradise, Ohio and John Smith. This book is very good and I would certainly recommend it to anyone out there looking for a good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book in its original form, but the movie tie-in has been fun, too. Lots of extras thrown in, including Sarah's journal entries, which are linked to the coinciding chapters of the book from Number Four's point of view. Worth the extra couple bucks if you like this series and movie!
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
I Am Number Four is an exciting read! I loved the characters and the author did an awesome job explaining the story and making an alien invasion seem believable. I can't wait for the sequel!
Book_Lover_108 More than 1 year ago
I love sci-fi and post-appocolyptic books, and I am number four didn't disapoint it was very well written and made my wait for mockingjay much easier and harder all together, because I finished I am number four extremely fast, but I had another amazing book. I highly recommend this book to everyone!!
KK7L1 More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book to people to people who like adventure and mystery. It is a long book but it always had something happenging. I really enjoyed reading this book. This book drags you in. It is kinda slow in the bigginging but after that it is really amazing. I would highly recomend to read this book. There was always things going on and it was vdery detailed. I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really the only thing that annoyed me was, at times, the writing was pretty cheesey. Especially the dialog between John/Four and Sarah. Other than that the story is amazing and I'd recomend it to anyone, especially young readers. Easy read, great story.
jflower More than 1 year ago
I was ready to really enjoy this book. What a great concept! The idea alone hooked me and drew me in quickly. The first few pages start strong and are exciting. Unfortunately, the main characters are somewhat boring -- and little items that are intriguing about them are never really used to their full potential. The love story seemed forced and too "easy." I expected more twists and turns. The antagonist element was present, but didn't give the reader someone to really despise. Finally, the ending was frustrating -- to tell you why would be a spoiler...
CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
You know those books that you read, and they end up staying burned in your memory for days, if not weeks? I Am Number Four is definitely one of them. Admittedly, I didn't think I would read this. For one thing, I hate guy POVs, for some reason I just can't relate, since I'm a girl. But, Number Four (aka, John) was a really interesting character to read about. The idea alone is.just so outrageous and ludicrous it's amazing. In the end, it is what really draws you in: I mean, c'mon, how can you resist a book about "aliens" on Earth? I think though, that the most interesting thing was how the 9 kids couldn't be killed out of sequence: and if someone tried, what they had tried on the Number would happen to them (I think that makes sense.) instead. Another thing: Being a resident of Ohio myself, I couldn't get over all of this happening in my home state! I kept reading the stereotypical things that John said about our state to my family, and they, like me, shook their heads in amusement. (I mean, cows and deserted towns? Yea, they're here, but not EVERYWHERE!) And anyway, I think that James Frey putting the setting in his home state is pretty cool as well. Pseudonyms are fun and baffling things: and Pittacus Lore is actually James Frey and Jobie Hughes. And because of this, I had my eyes peeled for references to them. I finally found them in the book (Look for them: Jobie Frey & James Hughes) and I couldn't stop laughing for some reason! Okay, back to an actual review: I also liked Six. (Cool name, eh?) She was my kind of girl. Kick ass and just awesome, I loved the stuff about her, and can't wait to see more of her in the next book (coincidently called The Power of Six). One more thing: This is definitely not your happily-ever-after kind of book. The ending is as shocking and wonderful as the rest of the book.which is just the perfect way to end a book. I look forward to the next in the series.and the movie.
Harry Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
The story reminds of the Smallville T.V show, the only difference is that the kid is being chased by an alien race that destroyed his planet. The writing was pretty good, kept interested in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is FAR better than the movie, get the enhanced edition it has more stuff like Sara's journal and what is your legacy. JUST GET IT OK, NO DOUBTS ABOUT IT.
SLSGGIRL123 More than 1 year ago
I Am Number Four is about a 15 year old boy Daniel/John that has came from a planet called Lorien which was destroyed about 10-15 years ago. Lorien was destroyed by other planet citizens from the planet, Mogadorians, they destroyed the planet for their natural resources. John and his "dad" Henri escaped from Lorien the day it was being attaced, a total of 9 people made it off of Lorien. Now John will face a bigger challenge when they decide to move to Paridise, Ohio. Where he finds love and a true friendship, when he knows that any secend they may have to pack and move somewhere else so will he be able to leave everything behind, IF taht becomes the case. THERE WHERE NINE OF US WHO ESCAPED... NUMBER ONE WAS KILLED IN MALAYSIA. NUMBER TWO WAS MURDERED IN ENGLAND. NUMBER THREE WAS HUNTED DOWN IN KENYA. BEFORE THEY COME FOR THE OTHERS, THEY'LL COME FOR ME... I AM NUMBER FOUR
LNelson05 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It's my new favorite book. I was sad to finish the book because the next book isn't coming out until August. I saw the movie with my friend and we were head over heels in love with the movie. When we got out the theater, I told my mom we need to go to the bookstore to get the book, so we went the next day. One day we're going to see it again. I can't really tell what the genre of the book. There are some science fiction aspects then there's a bit of romance and since the main character blends as a regular person there's a realistic aspect to it but if I say its realistic fiction then it contradicts what I said about it being science fiction. I think this book would appeal to a broad range of people. Basically if you like any of the genres I mentioned above then you might like the book. I'll just say it's a unique book that you can't label it with a specific genre. I would read other books by the author if he had any other books out now but I have to wait until August 23. Until that day I just have to reread this book; it's definitely worth it. I also wanted to mention that I love the author's biography it's really cool and I think it's really mysterious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very choppy and derivative. I can handle derivative if the story is good (see Eragon) but this didn't have any real meat. And I feel no desire to read the subsequent books, which is telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorite books and i dont read very often but this book really caught my atention. In this book it is kind of drama but not alot it very few parts theres more towards the end of the book. I would reccomend this book to people who like to read sci-fi. This book tells about a teen named john smith but has a ceapar which is practicaly just his guardian. John Smith was not his only name before John Smith he had 16 other identities including different ages. Other than number four there is other people/aliens like #4 there is #5,#6,#7,#8,#9. the people #1,#2,#3, died in the begining of the book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading this book i thought it was going to be terible, just another book about a teenaer with powers. But as the book unfolded some more i became addicted to the story line, and i realized that a lot more thought was put into this book than others similar books. It was a little slow at times, but soon picked up the pace. Due to language, i do not recomend this book to anyone under the age of 10.
Abbylinn16 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am Number Four is a fast paced fiction book that is very interesting and keeps you reading for hours. Pittacus Lore does a great job of creating a vision of characters and setting in your mind. I am number four has a unique and mysterious plot that made the read very interesting. At sometimes, the plot can get a little bit confusing since it is so strange, but once you understand all that is going on, the book flies by! I am just starting on The Power of Six, the sequel, and it is great so far! I really enjoyed I am Number Four, and I would reccomend it to reader who enjoy both fiction and sci-fi books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I would give it a 20 out of 10. If you are reading this review you should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed this book there was a considerable lull in the midle, in between the Halloween party and Henri going to the headquarters of the magazine They Walk Among Us. Sam was a little too odd for my taste, and Sarah seemed a bit fake. Besides these slight qualms this book was phenomanal and I cant wait to read The Power Of Six.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from a friend after it came out and she encouraged meto read it all the way through. I will admit that it was a bit of a slow start, like a quarter of the book, and the main character to me didn't seem to have much personality,but it doesn't change the fact that after a certain point it had me on the edge of my seat! Movie does it no justice in my opinion and I look forward to purxhasing this and the second book!
Michael Hess More than 1 year ago
This is mpy favoriite book ever. It has so much detail and is a book you can't put down. I would highly reccomend this to anyone.
Dani33 More than 1 year ago
I actually found out about this book because I was looking at a movie trailer for the movie "Beastly" and Alex P. is the lead actor in this movie. Then I saw he is starring in "I Am Number Four" and I thought there was no way this isn't a book first, so I checked it out. It reeled me in right from the beginning! The story is so cool and different from all the now regular vampire books. I always say that if a book can make me cry or at least a string of emotions then it is a good book. I Am Number Four made me cry and feel for the main character, John. However, it was a bit repetitive at times when John was explaining his emotions, but the story, I thought, was very well done. I Am Number Four had me itching for the next book as soon as I was done! Read this then go watch the movie!
Lyranny More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Read!  I bought the first 5 books (of the series - not the supplemental books) and read all 5 in 5 days.  The story is highly addictive and fast paced.  There was one fight that I felt dragged on for a little too long, however, I was already invested in the story and characters that I was easily able to push through.  The story only gets better with the books that follow so for those who didn't like the first book, I honestly feel 100% that they would find themselves changing their minds if they continued the series.  It is well written and I think it's a great first read for those like me who have never considered themselves a  sci-fi fan.  It isn't too alien and so I felt at ease before it got into the truly alien portions of this story.  Well done and I cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out!