cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

 I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. 374 pages
Possibly it's because I saw the film first, but this book has joined the very thin ranks of books which have been made into films and which I don't like as much as the film version.
Having said that though, I don't mean to say that the book is actually bad, just that some stories work better in a visual medium and this seems to be one of them.  One of the things I do dislike about it is that it's written in the present tense, a stylistic choice I don't care for. some authors can write present tense well enough that I forget about it after a while, but this one isn't among them.
Other than that, the writing is decent enough and the story is interesting if a tad implausible - nine children, the last survivors of an alien race and their guardians have come secretly to Earth to hide from the other aliens who destroyed their planet until they grow into their superpowers and can  fight back. And by some quasi-mystical charm they can only be killed in a particular order - as the book's title suggests the narrator is fourth in line…
Basically, a decent enough book, but the action sequences, especially the denouement worked much better on film.
Tags: sci-fi, young adult

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