I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

Book - 2011
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In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011, c2010.
ISBN: 9780062026248
Characteristics: 440 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 19, 2019

This book is the beginning of a prolific series. I'm glad it has earned the attraction of my 15-year-old son.

Oct 19, 2019

I love this book! There was a fighting scene that I didn't get a whole lot about, but otherwise, its a must put on my list read! Also, Pittcus lore's name is James Frey.

Feb 24, 2019

This was a great book, better than the movie. I can just find it annoying, being an author like this, and having movie makers just jumble up the whole story line like they did in the movie. I have come to like the books a lot better than the movies, because they provide much more background and understanding to what's going on, and why it's going on.
I am a sucker for books with characters who have powers like this from an unknown world, and also with romance ; ~ )
This was a great book, written in a way where it's hard to put down

Aug 11, 2018

If you watched the movie... shame on you! Don't even compare the book, please.
The book, like most cases, is substantially better in many ways!
More details, and of course a bit different story line towards the end (copywriter laws).
But due to the further explanation, and detail about things, as well as better character development and relations, the book has a great way of making you feel closer to the characters and understand how they think. Not only that, but the Four's and Six's powers are HEAPS better in the book, and they are more badass!
It's a great book to set the series off - which you should definitely invest in - cause this series is amazing! The movie gave this book, and series no justice.

Aug 08, 2018

A great start to the series, I like how well it sets everything up and introduces characters without being too overwhelming.

Aug 05, 2018

Ack, I don't know what to say. It was just so... AWESOME. I am a sucker for romance even at a level of crushes and stuff like that. And the love interests in this book, oof. Even though it sci-fi it doesn't feel like it. I love this series and can't wait to see if they go home to Lorien and defeat the Mogs!! I'll always root for the Garde. Oh and I ship John and Six, I don't really like Sarah as much. And Eight and Seven!!

Jul 01, 2018

Doesn't anyone else find it hilarious that the author named Lorien's most famous and legendary Elder/leader after himself? I just find that so funny.
There were parts of this book I liked and parts I didn't; same with the characters. But it's a good book I recommend it

Jun 28, 2018

I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't amazing and I still haven't got around to reading to next one yet. What I didn't like so much about this book was the amount of romance.
Gods! He's 15! But other than that it was a really good read and I would recommend to anyone who likes Sci-fi/Action/Adventure.

Jun 22, 2018

It was interesting, but it had some issues.
First of all, John is only fifteen-years-old and should not be kissing a girl so passionately and getting so close to doing you-know-what. Second of all, John and Sarah fell in love way too quickly. They were just like "we're good-looking I like you let's go be in a relationship". Third of all, all the characters swear way too much for comfort—even John, Sarah, and Henri, who are supposed to be the "good guys". Fourth of all, there were plenty of face-palm clichés.
I have to admit, though, that the premise was interesting and the plot kept me hooked most of the way while reading. The final battle scene was pretty cool. Number Six was an asset to the storyline, and I loved the dog.
There are a lot of great reviews for this book raving about how amazing it is, but I just don't get it. It wasn't amazing. It was decently okay. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to continue the series.

Apr 17, 2018


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Oct 19, 2019

"3 are dead.
I am Number four."-John Smith

Mar 11, 2018

life is good

Apr 25, 2015

“Best way to deal with fear is to confront it.”

waywardangel Mar 19, 2014

My iPod rumbles again. It's not actually an iPod. It doesn't play any music and the earbuds are just for show. It's a gadget that Sandor put together in his lab. It's my Mogadorian detector. I call it my iMog.

qwertyuiop12 Jan 30, 2014


black_cobra_252 Aug 26, 2013

“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”

May 24, 2013

"The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings."--Henri

chrisgotstacks Jul 29, 2012

the movie is mind blowing :O

chrisgotstacks Jul 28, 2012

live out loud

VDuran17 Jul 09, 2012

"You look like Sasquatch wearing that suit, Sam says.
Eat it, Sam, I say."

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Jun 28, 2018

Coarse Language: A bit of swearing, not to over the top though

Aug 19, 2014

Coarse Language: Too much! Swears!

scotty_hanson May 09, 2014

Coarse Language: It has quite a bit of swearing if you aint itno that stuff, but other wise, Best book ever

Dec 13, 2013

Coarse Language: some swearing wouldn't recommend it if you are not into that or do not approve

Dec 13, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: may get a little scary for younger ones if not into action packed books

Sep 30, 2013

Sexual Content: Nothing to bad, but a bit mature for kids under 10

Aug 28, 2013

Coarse Language: some swearing. notice: whole series is like this. if you don't like that, don't read!

Apr 16, 2013

Coarse Language: sh*t damn Di** ect...

Apr 16, 2013

Violence: lots of violence. Some bloody.

Apr 16, 2013

Sexual Content: some kissing and stuff. make outs sessions.

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black_cobra_252 Aug 26, 2013

I am Number Four is the first book in its series. It is about Number Four who is an alien from the Planet Lorien. He had come with his Cepan and the other 8 Garde and Cepans on a ship a long time ago to defeat the Mogodorians who had hunted down his people and to save Earth from them.. He is living in Paradise, Ohio as John Smith and his "Dad" or Cepan as Henri. He developed powers as he grew to save Earth from Mogodorians. As his time went on in Paradise he fell in love with Sarah a girl from his school and became close friends with Sam another kid from his school. The Mogodorians are hunting down the Garde in order of number because that is the only way they can be killed. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are dead. Number Four is next.

Saulia Jul 06, 2012

This book follows the story of John, one of nine aliens with powers from the planet of Lorien. The opposing alien race - Mogadorians - have ruined Lorien, and the only remaiders of the race have fled to Earth. The Mogadorians have ruined their home planet as well, as they did not deal appropriately with issues associated with the growth of their civilization, a problem Earth struggles with today. The Lorien aliens can only be killed in order, and the book begins with the death of Number Three.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is from the planet Lorien. He was sent to Earth as a child with eight others to escape the invading Mogadorians, who had destroyed their own home planet. He is protected by a Warrior/Guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), and has developed extraterrestrial "legacies", including enhanced strength, speed and agility, telekinesis and the power to transmit plasma light through his hands.

Jun 10, 2012

the lorics are escaping from the mogadorians. will the race survive?

Sep 16, 2011

Number Four and Henri are Lorics and have been living on the run from the Mogadorians for a decade. When they move into the small town of Paradise, Ohio, things start to happen. Number Four ("John") falls in love with a girl named Sarah (who, by the way, is a human), he starts developing his Legacies, and the Mogadorians are locking in on him. Number 1, 2, and 3 are all dead, killed by the Mogadorians - and Number 4 is next.

Oct 28, 2010

The back:
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live amoung 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 real.
Our 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 amoung you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am number Four.
I am next.

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