A review by onefineelephant
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore

adventurous mysterious sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


3/10. It was pretty bad. The love interest, Sarah, had no personality at all and essentially only existed for the main character. Also, the main character, Number 4/John had no personality either.
SpoilerWhat are the chances that the closest inhabitable planet in the entire universe has aliens that look exactly like humans but have superpowers? Additionally, what are the chances that John's superpowers are being immune to fire and then his girlfriend is the only person out of 150 drunk teenagers who gets trapped in the burning building? Also, the villains are just pure evil with no redeeming qualities which is not my preference. I am also so mad that Henri, the only adult in the book and John's only family, dies in the battle. I am also mad that Sam just abandons his mom at the end of the book when she has nobody but him and his dad disappeared too. There are just so many questions left unanswered at the end of the book and I'm pretty sure these never get answered even though there are more books in the series. Like why was John just not allowed to know that they had a chimaera pet? Why was Mark involved in the battle in the first place? What were the secrets that Henri was keeping from John about the original invasion?

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