Published by Harper Collins on August 3rd, 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 will readily admit that I did not know this was a book. As in this is one of those moments where I seen the movie first. It happened like this …
I was scrolling through the guide and saw ” I Am Number Four”, and thought hmm…never seen it, wonder if it’s any good? Proceeded to watch it and mid movie I turn to my husband and say….
” I bet you this is a book.”
” You think every movie you see is a book…”
” I do not.”
He gives me a steely look that screams…yes you do.
” Ok, so I’ve thought a few movies we’ve seen are books. But I’m telling you this one is a book.”
” How are you so sure? ”
” I don’t know, I just do. Call it book nerd intuition…”
“Book nerd intuition you say….”
” Yeah, it’s a thing you know.”
He looks at me like what the heck are you talking about.
” Wait just a minute, I’ll prove it to you..”
I whip out my handy-dandy Goodreads app and type in I Am Number Four and lo and behold it’s a book.
” Seeeee….” Holding the phone mere inches from his face. “It’s a book. I told you it was a book.”
And when the end of the movie came, he looks at me and says..
” Is this the moment where you say ” I bet the book is better ?…”
” Well the movie was pretty dang awesome, so yeah, I bet the book will be better.”
He laughs.. ” Sure, and that book nerd intuition tells you that the book is always better right?”
” Well yeah, at least 99.9 percent of the time ” I laugh.
” Of course.”
I stand up, and start heading towards my office.
” And where are you going?”
” To find a copy of the book , of course.”
” Should have known that..”
And that my dear readers is how I discovered Pittacus Lore’s ” I Am Number Four”
Now you know how it can get, the excitement at discovering a book, that you know is bound to be awesome. Well I didn’t manage to get my hands on an actual copy. Sadly the only thing available was the audiobook version. So here’s what I thought about the audio version…
I’ll admit that I saw the movie first and totally loved it. And I will admit that it’s the sole reason I wanted to read the book. Because let’s face it, 99.9 percent of the time, the book is better.
This is one of those times where the movie was better than the book. Or maybe I just preferred the movie over the book. Honestly it’s really hard to say. I really wish I had read the book before seeing the movie, that way I would have nothing to compare it too. So would I have loved the book more if I hadn’t seen the movie first ? I’ll never know….
But that’s not how it worked out. So I ended up constantly comparing the two. And yes, I know the movie is never exactly like the book. But in this case there is a huge mountain of a difference between the book and the movie.
Since I listened to the audio edition, will start with the narrator. Neil Kaplan did a brilliant job bringing the story to life. But there’s only so much a narrator can do. I will say that I loved his Henry accent and that I may have giggled every time he said Henry…because really it sounded more like On-ree and well dang it, I just couldn’t help myself.
Partly because this was one of the differences between book and movie. No accent. Which if you ask me, is quite a disappointment, considering what a crucial piece that accent is. I’m mean it made Henry stand out, instead of blending in to the background.
The problem was in the plot itself. It was over crowded. You can tell that the movie took the story and cleaned it up a bit , removed the unnecessary bit’s and pieces. It just seemed to me that the author, or I guess I should say author’s, since the book was written by two people and not one. Which may help explain why the book felt as though it had been pieced together.
It felt like two stories mashed together, in where neither author could decided which exact scenes should be cut. So they decided to use them all. You really don’t know which way to look, because everywhere you turn something is happening.
There’s also the big change-up in characters. Besides Henry’s missing French accent, there’s Sam. In the book he’s a super geek who’s quite unsure of himself. And no he’s not the I’m proud to be a geek kind of person. No he’s the embarrassed, constantly bullied kind of geek that constantly wishes he could just disappear. In the movie he’s awkward yet confident. He’s sure of himself and the person he is. I also think his relationship with John (aka Four) is better in the movie.
They’re more connected, a stronger friendship you could say. So the real question is….would I recommend it ? Well if you haven’t seen the movie I would say take the chance on the book. Because you may in fact love it in its original unedited version. If you have seen the movie and want to give the book a try, I would give you warning. Only take that leap if you are prepared to see what you love altered beyond recognition.
For that’s how I feel. I feel like the movie was the best edition of the story, and that the book changed the story beyond recognition. Which since the book came first, you can see why I am so on the fence about both. I have no plans of furthering the series, I just don’t see a pleasant out come. But please, don’t feel that because I rated this story two and a half stars, that if it should pique you’re interest you shouldn’t pick it up. We’re all unique in that we all love different things. If it speaks to you, read it. Merely take my review as just my thoughts on what I experienced.