I Am Number Four & The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Warning: This post contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I bought my classmate’s copy of I Am Number Four. It’s the small-book version or whatever it’s called. I finished reading it in 2 day tops. And what do I think about it? Well.. when you’re used to reading 1st Person POV in Percy Jackson’s quirky and humorous way, you kind of look for that format in other books. This novel was a little monotonous for me, but that’s just because of the reason above. However, I realized that I Am Number Four focuses more on the action and pace of the story. It should be carefully narrated in a way to keep the readers wanting more. I like the mystery of it. Questions such as ”When will the Mogadorians find him and what he would do once he’s found? Will he fight back? Will be strong enough to do so? Will he leave Sarah? What’s in the Chest?” were constantly floating in my head. The part about Aphrodite, Apollo, and Hermes had Loric parents made the Percy Jackson-obsessed fan inside me tick. Idk. It was too contradictory. All in all, it was a nice read. Just nice. I’m not addicted to it (yet?).
I only got half-way through the movie so I can’t join your “The books are better than the movie” debate just yet. But I imagine Sarah with Dianna Agron’s face which is kind of weird since John Smith in the book is actually 15 years old. I have this image of Dianna holding hands with a small kid, kissing him under the moonlight….*shudder*
The Power of Six was a lot different from I Am Number Four. The first book was slow-paced, as John Smith slowly discovers his Legacies while dealing with Mark and bullies, being in love, finding friends—typical high-school drama. I kept anticipating when the Mogadorians would finally appear, to get some action other than John & Sarah’s mushy scenes. Sure, it seemed sweet at first, but I got tired of him always describing Sarah’s kisses as “lingering”. :))
I thought that was one of the central conflicts of the story—how John and Sarah would make it work out between them, considering the other is alien while the other was human. Loric people fall in love once, but it’s not the same way with humans. So it’s possible that Sarah would move on someday, when she gets tired of John causing trouble for her and being away all the time. Then came Six. I really like her character. She’s freaking bad-ass! I totally agree with Sam and John to have imagined her with a name like “Stryker” or “Storm”. Anyway, I think John is better off with Six than with Sarah. I think his love for her is very unhealthy. It always makes John do stupid things. Sarah can end up with Mark, for all I care. Plus, she betrayed him and turned him in the police.
I think Sam would be an awesome friend—he proved that much in the sequel.The bizarre love triangle of Sam-Six-John is adorable. I love it when John and Six are “flirting”.. they always get too violent and destroy stuff, which is funny. I do believe that even if Six said that she also liked Sam, she really liked John more. What with her kissing only Sam’s cheek, and a full-blown make-out session with John.
Marina’s POV was interesting because it’s the exact opposite from John’s. Number Four always hated being on the run, changing names, leaving friends behind. While Seven was stuck in a convent with ironically evil nuns, filled with bullies and all. But here’s the similarity between the two—they both want to break free of the routine. Marina wanted to get out of that town, because she was sick and tired of being in the same place for years. On the other hand, John was tired of always fleeing everytime there’s a little sign of the Mogadores. I absolutely like Hector Ricardo! My favorite quotes from him: "If ever you meet a man who’s drowning his sorrows, kindly inform him that his sorrows know how to swim." and "The key to change is letting go of the fear." So yeah, I’m devastated that he died :(
I was spoiled about Ella being Number Ten so I wasn’t too shocked with that. Sam Goode’s father as Henri & John’s guide when they first came to Earth caught me offguard though. It’s really amazing that Sam and John are now bestfriends. Nine is very sexy, by the way, and his Legacies are majorly cool. I wish we knew more about him, how he was captured, where his Cepan was, what his Earth names were. Now I’ve seen Four, Six, Seven, Nine and Ten. I wonder where number Five and Eight are. Were they having fights too, somewhere in the world?
So yeah. The books make me wonder what other things we’re oblivious to. Or how much we don’t know about the things happening around us. I’m not a nerd like Sam who believes most conspiracy theories, but I do believe that anything can be possible. We can’t rule out the possibility of aliens. It’s morbid to think that we’re alone in this vast universe. It’s more comforting to think that there’s some other civilization out there, also searching for life-sustaining planets.