Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book: I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. 2010.

"In the beginning we were a group of nine.
Three are gone, dead.
There are six of us left.
They are hunting us, and they won't stop until they've killed us all.
I am number four.
I know that I am next."

Know only as John Smith to the citizens of Paradise, Ohio, the boy of many names and identities has come to this town at the urging of his CĂȘpan, or guardian, Henri. They had to make a mad dash from the Florida Keys as another of the nine Lorien children sent to Earth has been killed. John knows that he is in danger and that staying in one place too long only invites danger to himself and those he cares about, which is why he has stayed on the fringes of the school population, never drawing notice to himself or trying to make friends... this all changes when his Legacies begin to show up - powers that manifest in the Garde - the Loriens with power that are meant to protect. On his first day, John attracts the attention of the most popular boy in school, Mark,  just by looking at a girl, Sarah. John just can't seem to get Sarah out of his mind. Those thoughts, along with the changes that his new powers are causing makes John act rashly and out of character, doing things that will point the evil race of Mogadorians to their location. The one good thing that John's weirdness brings is a friend in the form of an alien conspiracy geek named Sam Goode who believes that his own father was abducted.

An exciting adventure packed full of danger, action, humor and a touch of those warm feelings many call love, awaits readers as they learn more about the Lorien Legacies along with John and his friends.



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