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i am number four by pittacus lore

archimedes is awesome.  he has put me back in a reading groove.  i’ve just finished “i am number four”.  i think being able to read while on the treadmill has contributed to my finishing so quickly.  i’m able to adjust the size of the font so i can still read while bobbing up and down 🙂  one of the many wonders.

i quite enjoyed this book.  basically, there are 9 alien children sent to earth because their planet was destroyed by another alien race, the Mogadorians.  the 9 aliens are from Lorien and have to grow up on earth honing their superpowers while blending in since they are being hunted by said Mogadorians.  their ultimate goal is to return to Lorien and restore their planet.  we are following along with “number 4” or “john”.  the first three have been killed.

i kept feeling the longing and loneliness of john’s nomadic life.  he travels with his keeper, henri.  and henri, you the man.  when they finally settle in Ohio and develop real relationships, the stakes are higher.  the entire story is shrouded in captivating mystery.  i appreciated that there was so much explanation and history given without feeling like it was shoved down my throat.  inevitably, john and henri are tracked by the Mogadorians and a showdown ensues.  it’s not over the top but it doesn’t disappoint.  strangely enough, the story is written in such a normal way given the subject matter.  which i really appreciate.  the teenagers cuss (without being crude or vulgar), they make out, they drink at parties while mom and dad are gone.  and none of these things ever overshadow the actual story.  it’s like the author didn’t pander to a specific crowd and i like that.

and…there are casualties.  😦  i’m grateful because it makes for a great story but it’s devastating all the same.  anyway, well done!  i do want to mention that one of my favorite characters is Bernie Kosar, an amazing beagle that rocks my world.

the ending is torturous because i can’t wait for the next one!  and i found out that they made a movie already! (????)  it’s being released next year! (wha?!!?!)