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Nine Of Us Came Here We Look Like You We Talk Like You We Live Among You But We Are Not You We Can Do Things You Dream Of Doing We Have Powers You Dream Of Having We Are Stronger And Faster Than Anything You Have Ever Seen We Are The Superheroes You Worship In Movies And Comic Books But We Are RealOur Plan Was To Grow, And Train, And Become Strong, And Become One, And Fight Them But They Found Us And Started Hunting Us First Now All Of Us Are Running Spending Our Lives In Shadows, In Places Where No One Would Look, Blending In We Have Lived Among You Without You KnowingBut They KnowThey Caught Number One In MalaysiaNumber Two In EnglandAnd Number Three In KenyaThey Killed Them AllI Am Number FourI Am Next You must turn off your brain and ask no questions when reading this book It s a requirement to enjoy it I failed miserably It may be readable but I Am Number Four is predictable and clich d with inaccurate and vague descriptions and explanations For the most part I Am Number Four is an easy read although the language at times struck me as amateurish and clunky Perhaps I expected too much after all this is YA but Lorien, it s inhabitants and culture were too simple or too similar to that of Earth and humans I was hoping for a bitalieness than just boy with powers and shapeshifting animals I expected a new spin on this clich of a story but it was an incompetent rehash of old formulas A lot of how questions kept popping into my head in relation to unrealistic circumstances A major one From what I understand 19 Loriens made it to Earth The rest are dead Those 19 have to repopulate Lorien when the time comes Henri tries to dissuade John from procreating with humans because he ll need a Lorien partner to produce pure children Ermare you serious How would this work You need manyindividuals for a species to prosper Reproduction would eventually become incestuous with the result of such unions suffering the disorders deformities genetic disease infertility extinction associated with inbreeding due to little genetic diversity in such a small gene pool making it impossible to adapt, evolve and therefore survive and prosper A tad scientific but this is science fiction, emphasis on the science I learned the above in high school biology and this is aimed at that age group I m just sayin.Other how questions How could John s girlfriend, Sarah so easily accept his alien status without much proof How did Mark come by the message that brought him to John s home and into the fight How did Henri explain what was going on to Mark How did Six survive her many serious wounds How can a book with so many illogical errors not only make it to publication but be turned into a movie when there are so many better ones out there Why is the book by Pittacus Lore It doesn t make sense Didn t he die 10 years ago with the rest of his people There was something about the elders disappearing during the ultimate battle on Lorien so there s a small possibility he still lives, however the book is in first person from John s POV WTH Small sidenote I don t know about other countries but here in the UK spastically is controversial and considered highly offensive if not used in a medical context I was very surprised to see it here but I ll put it down to cultural difference and move on The final battle didn t interest me I skimmed There were moments throughout the book that gripped me That were exciting I liked Henri, John and his dog they made a good team but it seems they re fighting a losing battle Henri encourages us to have hope even when the task ahead appears impossible but 6 kids with powers versus a whole race I m not optimistic No matter how many abilities these superhero kids develop.In some ways this reminds me of The Lightning Thief with the godlike powers, beasts and the run for your life theme That was targeted at 9 12 year olds and I think this should be too I think they d have a better time with it than I did.The movie, released next week, looks spiffy and exciting Hopefully it will be better than the book it s based on because this was just terrible.ETA Mar 2, 2011 The movie changed almost everything I had a problem with in the book It was also 100xentertaining so I encourage you all to see the movie and burn the book This book is so strange and awful, it s hard to explain exactly why I dislike it Thank God this book didn t live up to its hype like Twilight did At least I hope it didn t because I don t really hear much about this one I couldn t get past chapter nine It was such a bloody bore I decided to give it time for me to find that little spark But, no Now here are the problems 1 Lore can t use the word and in the proper way Which seems like it s not a big of a deal, but it is He randomly places it and tries to get his readers to understand his reading and it s quite awful 2 The characters are all bland and pathetic John seems to have a false sense of bravado Henri makes me want to bang my head against the wall And don t get me started on Sarah The characters are so emotionless No depth 3 Lore tends to forget the most significant details regarding his plot It s like, OH I FORGOT TO MENTION WHAT MY POWERS ARE OH, WAIT MY NAME IS 4 His writing is dull and boring in every possible way It reminds me of Fitzgerald s writing. The language and phrasing is really simplistic, which wasn t bad, but the story itself makes no sense whatsoever It blends genres and not delicately I feel like the concept of the novel was born before the characters and logic wasn t worked out around it.I Am Number Four is about John Smith, a teenage boy who is actually an alien from another planet I m going to give a breakdown of some of the flaws with the story.1 John has a guardian from his planet, but the guardian has no special abilities It s like the author realized a bunch of little kids couldn t crash land on the planet and run amok so he gave them each a single adult but the kids have to be the special ones So the adult alien is another species of humanoid alien from the planet, but a sort of servant species.2 The servant species of aliens are powerless, but their life goals are to train the powerful mutants Um why Why would you put the power training in the hands of the un powered species The powered species seems to be just as numerous, if notso, then the un powered species So really why I know Ao that the adults accompanying the children have a purpose Also, the author doesn t seem to want to refer to them as slaves or servants, which waters down the whole situation and makes it evenconvoluted.3 The aliens got their powers as a gift from the planet for protecting it and reversing the damage they did to it Of course, the servant species works just as hard but they get no magic Evolution does not work that way and it is never explained why only one humanoid race developed powers.4 The children are protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in order Why a charm This is what I mean about mixing genres First it s science fiction, but instead of using any understanding of science to explain the situation the author leaps to magic because that doesn t need to be explained After all, he s writing a children s book so who gives a frig There are a thousandcreative ways to say why they must be killed in order Or even that the race hunting them is methodical and hunting them in age order since age dictates when they get their powers Or that they are impossible to identify before they manifest their powers It was just like he reached the fastest conclusion possible and then stopped thinking, job done.5 There s absolutely no visible reason for the aggressive alien race to hunt the nine children into extinction They wiped out a planet, an entire PLANET, filled with older, trained aliens without breaking a sweat The children represent no threat.6 The aggressive alien race is interested in earth, but they re still dedicating most of their time to hunting these nine stranglers When you wipe out earth you re going to get them anyway, guys What s with the obsession 7 The charm breaks if any of the children come together They go through pains to stay scattered One of them deliberately breaks this so they can gather together to make a stand Your entire race made a stand and they died, you fucking tool.The characters are charmless The male lead is stupid and pigheaded and clearly the author s suave wish I was in high school He s very I can kick your ass puny mortals, but I won t The lead makes many stupid, stupid choices that endanger everyone around him and break all the rules set up in the beginning of the book.The female lead is a hot ex cheerleader who choose to be good and kind to everyone instead of being popular The author wants you to know that the male lead could screw a blonde head cheerleader, but he has depth and intensity and soul So he s going to bang the one who wants to rescue strays and take beautiful black and white photos of flowers It s CONTRIVED I didn t like either of them, nor did their romance ever feel even slightly real.In essence, this book was lazily written, barely edited there s several typos in the book and pure crap It s a money making scheme and a waste of time for any semi intelligent reader. Movie UpdateI already watched the movie and it was better than the book The romance was still gushy and mushy but at least the dialogues were a lot better in the movie Also the movie wasfast paced and was action packed at the end of the show I think the dog was really cute and Number Six was really cool in the movie Sam was also likable in the film After watching Alex Pettyfer act on the screen for the first time I got to say he deserve and he s fitted for the Peeta Mellark and Jace Wayland roles.Alex P Loses His Shirt on the Ellen Showhttp www.youtube.com watch v RdxJMk OMG I think I died watching it Movie Trailerhttp www.youtube.com watch v BbrTuyThis looks pretty bad ass and WTH, why was there a kissing scene Die Diana Argon DIE Movie Posters Who s excited for the moviehyperventilating COMPLETE AND EDITED REVIEWWhat the hell For the love of Alex Pettyfer, I will watch the movie and will read this book Note The post above are my insane thoughts before reading the book, pardon my fan girling obscenities Book Review belowNote Pardon the fan girling for the second time , the review will contains lots of it Enjoy I m not going to review the book yet book review down there somewhere you can skimmed through, this is just my craziness image error