Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among 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 among 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
– I Am Number by Pittacus Lore (summary)
- Rating: 9/10
*Spoiler Alert: for those who haven’t watch or read the book, kindly exit this blog. This contains many scenes from the book which may give you information and spoil your reading. Read at your own risk.
The prologue of the story shows the death of Number Three, where his last words are “The Legacies lived they will find each other, and when they’re ready they’re going to destroy you” before the Mog killed him.
The story begins with a boy named John Smith is one of the nine Garde who escaped their planet called Lorien that was destroyed by the Mogadorians where all the people gets slaughtered. During the invasion on their planet, John and the Eight other Garde was sent to earth with their Cepans (Guardian/ Protector) to help them when they develop their legacies. When they arrive to earth they followed by the Mogadorians and hunting them. Each one of the Garde was protected with a charm. The charm only works as long as they remain apart and not seen each other. The purpose of the charm is to protect them so that they can only be killed in orders. But because Number One isn’t protected by the charm the killing start with her and she’s the first person to die and get killed before the other
Whenever one of the Garde gets killed, each of the others will recieves a scar in their ankles that resemblance with their pendant (that has unique symbol that identifies their number). The purpose of the scar is to let the other knows that one of the Garde is dead.
The Garde’s Pendant’s Symbol
As the time grows, the first 3 Gardes are dead, and Number Four (John Smith) knows that he’s next in line.
When the third scar appears, John is in Florida and attending a party near a beach and talking to a girl. When he suddenly feel his ankle burning from heat signaling the death of number three. This caused him and his Cepan Henri to move to the other place in Paradise, Ohio to start a new life, a new identity.
Number Four’s Pendant
John be friends with a boy named Sam Goode who is a conspiracy theorist and addicted in alien. Also, John meets a girl named Sarah Hart and gets attracted, John meets then a beagle dog and named it Bernie Kosar.
Many things happen when John moved in Ohio, his first legacy appear called Lumen, or the ability to create a light in his palm, and also it allows John to be resistant in fire and heat.
John Smith (Number Four’s Legacy: Lumen
As the story grows John and Henry continue in training. Also, John and Sarah starts dating causing Sarah’s ex-boyfriend Mark to bullied both Sam and John.
In Halloween, John, Sarah, Sam and another Sarah’s friend Emily goes to the Hail Ride, and gets attacked by Mark’s friends and beat John, but he used his legacy to block them out and rescue both Sarah and Sam. Later, sam gets a little suspicious about John.
John finds a magazine that Sam was reading, and borrowed a copy of it. The magazine is giving information about Mogadorians and naming it as “They Walk Among Us“. Later sam believes that his father was abducted by aliens.
Henri (John’s Cepan) discovers the magazine being printed in Athens, Ohio and decides to check on it and drives a two hour ride. John however gets invited by Sarah at thanksgiving dinner with her family. Due to the agitated state of John because Henri doesn’t answer his phone, he develops another legacy which is telekinesis and he can’t control it and leaves. John calls sam for help, and they bring Sam dad’s truck and head for Athens where they succeed in rescuing Henry. Sam now knows about John’s alien secret. As they got home, Henri insist on leaving Ohio but refuses and uses his newfound powers to stop Henri, where Henry relents.
Months pass, John and Henry continue to train and use John’s legacies. At a party in Mark’s house, a fire breaks trapping Sarah inside the house, John uses his legacies and save Sarah and jumps through a window feet away from the burning house. He reveals to Sarah about himself and together they lie to the police about what happen, and also lies to Henri.
Lies are revealed and John’s video are released on youtube, Henri was furious and demands they leave immediately but John uses his telekinesis to stop him, and runs to school in order to protect Sarah who he believes is in danger.
He then finds Sarah, but the Mogadorians already arrived. John and Sarah hides in one of the classroom, in the teacher’s desk. Soon hearing someone comes to the room but then they heard nothing, when they about to run, a hand covers their mouth to stop them from screaming and later reveals that the person was Number Six, another member of the Garde. Because of this the charm broke and all the other Garde are now can be killed even if it’s not in order.
Number Six is portrayed by Teresa Palmer
A battle was occurred in the school and soon joined by Henri, Mark and Bernie Kosar. Number Six legacies reveals to be invisibility and control of the weather, also Bernie Kosar reveals to be a chimaera (a shape-shifting animal from Lorien that can turn to a beast and small animals) follows John from Lorien.
Mogadorian (in the film)
Bernie Kosar (John’s Chimaera)
John’s defeats the soldiers but with great difficulty while his friends battle at the school, John can see storms brewing which shows the amazing power of Six but also sees that giant beasts are destroying the school. Another piken charge after John and he leads it away from the school but is struck by a Soldier’s twisting dagger. Bernie Kosar battles with the Mogadorian beast and is almost killed before John stabs the beast in the eye. Soon John and his allies are weakened by the number of Mogadorian troops and their power and weapons. Six is wounded and taken to relative safety by Sam. John uses an ability he was barely aware of to communicate with a beast brought by the Mogadorians and to turn it against them. Henri is killed, but before dying, exhorts John to read a letter he left for him. John survives, though he is very weak, and the Mogadorians are defeated when the final soldier is stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife by Sarah.
After resting and cremating Henri’s body, John leaves Paradise, along with Number Six, Sam and Bernie Kosar and decides in finding the other members of the Garde.
Before I read this book, I only watch the movie without knowing there’s a book, but nit just a book, but a series.
I am enthralled and amaze when I watch the movie because 1.) I like sci fi movies, 2.) I like the originality of the film and 3.) because the graphics and the shot of camera is good unlike other films.
After finishing it in 3 hour, I decide to do a little searching about it and maybe check if there’s a sequel of it just like Harry Potter, and sadly there’s none. But I check more and find there is a book and a series of it so I decided to read it.
One week pass, and I must say, the book is way better than the actual film because there’s a lot of changes happened in the film. I was outraged because I really want to see what is the real scene happened in the book. But maybe a days passed and I moved on and just the read the series of it and continue the book.
The book is so good to read, so much that I might actually cry because there’s a lot of important scene that is been deleted in the film, and I must say the readers hated it.
This book is the first book and novel that I’ve read, so that’s why this is my favorite book ever, because of how the story develops, the characters development and let’s not forget the places that is been discussed in the book.
There are many words that I learn while reading this book, and of course it improves my reading skills.
And of course I would highly recommend this book to everyone because this is my favorite books of them all. Although the movie sucks, but let’s just say “don’t just the book by it’s movie”.