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 RealOur 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 KnowingBut They KnowThey Caught Number One In MalaysiaNumber Two In EnglandAnd Number Three In KenyaThey Killed Them AllI Am Number FourI Am Next


10 thoughts on “I Am Number Four

  1. says:

    This book is so strange and awful, it s hard to explain exactly why I dislike it Thank God this book didn t live up to its hype like Twilight did At least I hope it didn t because I don t really hear much about this one I couldn t get past chapter nine It was such a bloody bore I decided to give it time for me to find that little spark But, no Now here are the problems 1 Lore can t use the word and in the proper way Which seems like it s not a big of a deal, but it is He randomly places it and tries to get his readers to understand his reading and it s quite awful 2 The characters are all bland and pathetic John seems to have a false sense of bravado Henri makes me want to bang my head against the wall And don t get me started on Sarah The characters are so emotionless No depth 3 Lore tends to forget the most significant details regarding his plot It s like, OH I FORGOT TO MENTION WHAT MY POWERS ARE OH, WAIT MY NAME IS 4 His writing is dull and boring in every possible way It reminds me of Fitzgerald s writing.


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    The language and phrasing is really simplistic, which wasn t bad, but the story itself makes no sense whatsoever It blends genres and not delicately I feel like the concept of the novel was born before the characters and logic wasn t worked out around it.I Am Number Four is about John Smith, a teenage boy who is actually an alien from another planet I m going to give a breakdown of some of the flaws with the story.1 John has a guardian from his planet, but the guardian has no special abilities It s like the author realized a bunch of little kids couldn t crash land on the planet and run amok so he gave them each a single adult but the kids have to be the special ones So the adult alien is another species of humanoid alien from the planet, but a sort of servant species.2 The servant species of aliens are powerless, but their life goals are to train the powerful mutants Um why Why would you put the power training in the hands of the un powered species The powered species seems to be just as numerous, if not so, then the un powered species So really why I know Ao that the adults accompanying the children have a purpose Also, the author doesn t seem to want to refer to them as slaves or servants, which waters down the whole situation and makes it even convoluted.3 The aliens got their powers as a gift from the planet for protecting it and reversing the damage they did to it Of course, the servant species works just as hard but they get no magic Evolution does not work that way and it is never explained why only one humanoid race developed powers.4 The children are protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in order Why a charm This is what I mean about mixing genres First it s science fiction, but instead of using any understanding of science to explain the situation the author leaps to magic because that doesn t need to be explained After all, he s writing a children s book so who gives a frig There are a thousand creative ways to say why they must be killed in order Or even that the race hunting them is methodical and hunting them in age order since age dictates when they get their powers Or that they are impossible to identify before they manifest their powers It was just like he reached the fastest conclusion possible and then stopped thinking, job done.5 There s absolutely no visible reason for the aggressive alien race to hunt the nine children into extinction They wiped out a planet, an entire PLANET, filled with older, trained aliens without breaking a sweat The children represent no threat.6 The aggressive alien race is interested in earth, but they re still dedicating most of their time to hunting these nine stranglers When you wipe out earth you re going to get them anyway, guys What s with the obsession 7 The charm breaks if any of the children come together They go through pains to stay scattered One of them deliberately breaks this so they can gather together to make a stand Your entire race made a stand and they died, you fucking tool.The characters are charmless The male lead is stupid and pigheaded and clearly the author s suave wish I was in high school He s very I can kick your ass puny mortals, but I won t The lead makes many stupid, stupid choices that endanger everyone around him and break all the rules set up in the beginning of the book.The female lead is a hot ex cheerleader who choose to be good and kind to everyone instead of being popular The author wants you to know that the male lead could screw a blonde head cheerleader, but he has depth and intensity and soul So he s going to bang the one who wants to rescue strays and take beautiful black and white photos of flowers It s CONTRIVED I didn t like either of them, nor did their romance ever feel even slightly real.In essence, this book was lazily written, barely edited there s several typos in the book and pure crap It s a money making scheme and a waste of time for any semi intelligent reader.


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    Movie UpdateI already watched the movie and it was better than the book The romance was still gushy and mushy but at least the dialogues were a lot better in the movie Also the movie was fast paced and was action packed at the end of the show I think the dog was really cute and Number Six was really cool in the movie Sam was also likable in the film After watching Alex Pettyfer act on the screen for the first time I got to say he deserve and he s fitted for the Peeta Mellark and Jace Wayland roles.Alex P Loses His Shirt on the Ellen Showhttp www.youtube.com watch v RdxJMk OMG I think I died watching it Movie Trailerhttp www.youtube.com watch v BbrTuyThis looks pretty bad ass and WTH, why was there a kissing scene Die Diana Argon DIE Movie Posters Who s excited for the movie _____ hyperventilating COMPLETE AND EDITED REVIEWWhat the hell For the love of Alex Pettyfer, I will watch the movie and will read this book Note The post above are my insane thoughts before reading the book, pardon my fan girling obscenities Book Review below ___________________________ Note Pardon the fan girling for the second time , the review will contains lots of it Enjoy I m not going to review the book yet book review down there somewhere you can skimmed through, this is just my craziness image error


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    I AM NUMBER FOUR is actually number four million if you consider the predecessors it is based upon Meaning We ve been here before About a bazillion times.Let s take stock aliens on Earth disguised as Earthlings In fact, your neighbor may be a Lorien the good guy planet of concern here and the haberdasher way to blend in may be a Mogadarian the bad guy aliens who are hunting Lorien types to the death Novel idea, eh So our protagonist is on his 5,398th alias It s steady now John Smith John Doe must have been taken He is what s called a Garde and will get special powers when he hits puberty I got a cheap Timex These powers are called Legacies Special powers are quite the thing in fantasy YA these days They go by different names, they borrow shamelessly from Marvel Comics, and they re viral Speaking of viral, at 440 pages and at Gate 1 of a projected 6, this book is both too long and too predictable to be extended into a series Do we blame Harry Potter for this pernicious YA fad The conceit, you see, is that Mogadarians can only kill the Lorien types in order Conveniently enough, Numbers 1, 2, and 3 have been killed before chapter the first This means gasp hold on to your seats action from the get go as John Smith and his protector called Cepans here move to a small Ohio town to blend in.Blending in defined fall in love with a gorgeous surprise girl named Sarah Draw the attention and ire of a surprise bully named Mark who happens to also be the captain surprise of the football surprise team and Sarah s ex boyfriend surprise Get in a fight with Mark and accidentally display your super powers which are supposed to be kept under wraps for fear of attracting Mogadarian attention remember, one of them could be the janitor, the principal, or even the candlestick maker.That s the sort of goings on you ll get in this book Characterization You might as well hunt polar bear in the Everglades Description and mood Try finding fine china at Walmart But oddly, the book will be a big hit with many young readers especially of the reluctant variety because it s all about plot Period.As is often the case with genre reads in YA, I m torn here The book s style is choppy and the author s ability to write action scenes filled with inconsistencies and gaps It s predictable It s one dimensional But it is what it is, and I know a lot of kids will be snapping it up in my classroom this fall and liking it, too Does that mean they have bad taste Not at all It means they like action It means they like plot It means they are Pittacus Lore s target audience and I should be sure to get this book in their hands.


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    It s the little mistakes that lead to big mistakes I Am Number Four was unexpectedly fun John Smith or Number four is my favorite character I really loved his wits and the pace of this book, it s insanely fast that I didn t dare to breath when something happened Pittacus slowly built up tensions through the book, and he abruptly released them at the right time, it worked so well for me I gave 5 stars without hesitation That s the worst way to miss somebody When they re right beside you and you miss them anyway Astounded by the concept and the plot, I was also into the characters and their storylines John runs away all his life, nowhere is safe for him to stay But when he meets a girl that he feels something special for her, running is harder to him That s what the point this book was so interesting for me and I couldn t put it down for hours until I finished it.Moreover, Reading I Am Number Four was like reading a Japanese manga, it was imaginative and easy to enjoy The twists were well planned and very heart wrenching for me I don t regret that I picked up this book last year and reread it again today, it will be my standard of reading sci fi novels from now on.This is an epitome of the books using a simple narrative, yet it could be overly fun The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings That twist, though.Thai review


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    Rating Clarification 4.5 Stars There is always hope Don t give up hope just yet It s the last thing to go When you have lost hope, you have lost everything So when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.Wow Just wow Have I ever loved an alien invasion This book was no pun intended OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD Okay, it s official I m an alien fan and all this business about invasions, them possibly living among us, alternate life forms out there, other planets sure why the heck not So there you have it a solid 4.5 stars in my book Oh who am I kidding I pictured Alex Prettyface as 4 throughout the ENTIRE novel and it was actually quite lovely Grant it the story isn t bad either It s really quite good and action packed, which kept me up past midnight, but so worth it So if my review is a ramble that s because of lack of sleep.Well let me try and give you a rundown of this book and when I tell you, you ll probably think Oh no, she d truly lost it Well I don t care I like bizarre at times and slap a Prettyface image in my head and yup, that s my kind of journey John and Henri have spent the last 10 years moving from town to town and keeping to themselves Anonymity is key to their survival, so staying under the radar and on the move might just buy them time, but the inevitable is about to occur John is what is known as 4 Numbers 1 through 3 have already been found and k lled in that order and he s the next of nine children and nine Cepan who were chosen to leave their planet and go to Earth to live, hopefully survive, and one day come back to restore to their beautiful planet They escaped to Earth when the Mogadorians invaded and destroyed their planet Loric Then they were followed and the final annihilation is in progress to destroy the last remaining Loriens In this latest move to Paradise, Ohio, John s attempt to settle into small town life proves impossible and to top it off, Sarah crosses his path and he begins to wonder if returning to Loric is what he truly desires and how far can one stretch the boundaries of love between a human and what he is insert lurves struck sigh I really liked the relationship between Sarah and 4 She never had a clue what he was and you can tell how much he wanted to be honest with her and drop his guard in the hopes he could find someone to trust and love His feelings were genuine and his consistent actions showed how much he cared I ve never felt this way about anyone before Like I m floating on air when we re together, and I dread the times when we re apart, like now, despite having just spent the last couple of hours with her Sarah gives some purpose to our running and hiding, a reason that transcends mere survival A reason to win And to know that I may be putting her life in danger by being with her well, it terrifies me.I loved his snarky moments when, in his own way, he was trying to be honest with Sarah about what he really was, and you can tell how much he wanted to trust her She smiles, What happened, anyway I was worried about you I say, Would you believe it if I told you I was an alien I know they re picking on you because of me She says.I reply, They re just lucky I didn t use my superpowers and throw them into the next county Overall, their relationship was believable and beauteous, and I looked forward to reading about their times together Their final moments at the end of the book were perfectly done I won t include any spoilers, but let s just say it was done right.I love.love.loved the concepts that were infused in this story about legacies, inheritance, charms, etc I kept wanting to read about life on Loric and how similar it was to Earth The themes around a quest for survival, a fight for true love, defining ones destiny, not giving up hope well that s all right up my alley The ending was perfect I know I complain all the time about painful cliffhangers, but this book did it right I was exhausted by the end of the book because of the emotions, actions and struggle However, I have so many questions that I can t wait to pick up the next installment It was all very well done and perfectly blended to provide an out of this world experience I can t wait to see the movie You go 4 view spoiler I want to know who took the video of John saving Sarah and the dogs and who sent the fax Who wants 4 gone besides the Mogadorians What was in the letter Why did they need to go to Paradise, Ohio hide spoiler


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    The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia,Number Two in England,And Number Three in Kenya I am Number Four.I am next.Catchy, isn t it Unfortunately, the story itself isn t quite as catchy I was rather underwhelmed, to be honest.The plot was ok but somehow it only managed to hold my attention for a period of about 10 minutes After that, I found myself getting bored and my thoughts kept drifting off to random topics like what s for dinner or shit, I really need to iron that white blouse of mine While some parts of the story were quite entertaining, other parts were just so clich that I almost gave up on the book entirely I found myself slapping my forehead often than is healthy and several times I surprised myself and random people around me by shouting out loud Oh come on Seriously The scenario in a nutshell Alien hides out in small town, alien falls in love with human girl, alien goes to party with human girl, party escalates, house starts burning, alien saves human girl from flames said alien is resistant to fire , alien tells human girl about true identity, human girl has no trouble at all accepting this, alien and human girl lie to police about rescue that should have been impossible, nasty reporter dude gets suspicious of alien and fishy rescue story, chapter ends with reporter dude yelling after alien I will find the truth I always do Now tell me, is this worn out or is this worn out And this was just one of the scenes that made me want to bang my head on the table There were The characters also felt kind of flat to me John aka 4 was nice enough imagining him as Alex Pettyfer actually helped a lot , I also liked Sam, Henri and even Mark but just like John s and Sarah s relationship, the girl herself was dull and just plain boring I didn t feel the love, there was absolutely no tension, no tingling, no butterflies, nada, zip, zero, zilch Just nothing at all that could have triggered any kind of emotion on my part.I think the characters I liked best were Six she really kicked ass and the dog o_OOverall this was a solid two stars read for me, seeing as the story did entertain me at times especially towards the end and I made it through the book, but it was definitely nothing memorable for me I m really looking forward to the movie, though I think this might be one of those rare cases where the movie is actually better than the book We ll see


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    I removed my review and all the comments.I was tired sick of people writing me lengthy comments about how I read too much realistic fiction really , how I can t appreciate something fun and not overly brainy do tell and, in general, all the ways I m so obtuse for failing to appreciate this crap book.Sorry trolls people, but my opinions are my own and I still think this book was lame, badly written, unoriginal and an overall neurons killer.


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    Full review still in progress, but here s approximately the first half pre reading comments at the end.EDIT Okay, I m never going to finish this thing Frankly, I don t care But I added a list of things I was planning to put into it at the end.EDIT 2 Everyone who is even THINKING about reading this book should read this article and find out exactly what you re dealing with and what you re supporting.Introduction I Am The Fourth MatrixThere is a theater in my city that shows movies after they ve left the other theaters, for two or three dollars a ticket It s a pretty good deal On Friday night they showed The Matrix which I d never seen and I went with a couple of friends It was decent A little bit predictable, a little bit too violent at times, but overall pretty good The problem was, I d been reading I Am Number Four that same day, trying to finish it and put it behind me, and I watched one of the released movie clips of Six to reassure myself before I encountered her in the book that someone actually cool would show up eventually.This tainted my viewing of The Matrix.You see, I Am Number Four is what you get if you took the coolest sequences of The Matrix and the premise of Superman, tossed them in a blender, and added a sprinkling of generic Love Interest Powder to the top But, ah, be sure not to blend it too smooth it has to be choppy and jolting to experience, and you can t have that if things meld together seamlessly.I m frustrated with Pittacus Lore for making me think of his characters when I was watching Keanu Reeves stop bullets in midair But on the other hand, there s a wonderful irony to going to see the original on the opening night of the cheap, poorly concealed knock off.I m not going to see the movie, obviously It s not worth my time But I did spend time on the book, so let s talk about that for a while Bad Researcher, No CookieIt is painfully obvious that Pittacus Lore doesn t know jack about science I m not sure if he s trying to bill this as science fiction or not, but if so someone should go hit him over the head with the entire collected Dune series or something, because this is pretty much the worst science fiction I ve ever read Why do I say this Oh, where to begin well, actually, that s obvious.Lorien is a cheap imitation of Earth, and its inhabitants are equally cheap imitations of humans Think about it The fact that they look enough like us to pass as us without extra technology or spells or whatever should have given it away If that wasn t enough, maybe someone else noticed the color scheme of the planet Really, Mr Lore , do you think that all plants are automatically green everywhere in the universe Or for that matter that all water is blue It s a matter of chemicals and elements, and since you take great pains to point out that Lorien has a different concentration of mineral resources than Planet Earth, we know that the ratios of elements in the soil have to be different And even if the readers were inclined to let that slide, did you really think you get away with giving the Loric people all of these human structures They drive cars and park them in driveways, for heaven s sake They have grass Air shows Fireworks They even have the same kind of names In essence, they are exactly like humans except for the ones with sparkly Sue powers Ah, and those powers Did you think I d miss that, too Treat it as science fantasy, whatever, but let s talk a little hard evolutionary science for a moment When explaining the origins of the Legacies, Henri tells John that they were like a gift from the planet or some crap like that.Um.No.That is not how evolution works.It goes like this New traits come to be through random mutations Some of them will be beneficial, some simply not detrimental some will be fatal or sterilizing Events in the environment lead to one trait being favored over others, but it must already exist within the population Evolution doesn t spontaneously create beneficial traits it amplifies them in the population at large So there would have to have been Legacies already present among the Loric for them to become prevalent.Okay, change gears here.Planets and stars.Lorien is one tenth the size of Earth, and its star is twice the size of our Sun It s fourth away from this star All of these should have shaped the kind of life that evolved there For this I have the manga Planetes to thank, because without it I might not have noticed but gravity affects the way body shapes develop Growing up in lower gravity, hypothetically, should result in a taller individual, because there s less strain on the body Now, unless you re going to tell me that Lorien is superdense, that wasn t accounted for in this book.And as for that planet Smaller than Earth It can t hold as much atmosphere Still relatively close to the Sun It should be BAKED before it can ever support life outside of Kingdom Archaea Granted I may be incorrect on this point biology is my strong point than astronomy Culture, physiology, solar system OH WAIT.Parallel evolution.If you re not familiar with the term, this is what happens when sci fi writers get lazy and decide that every sentient race in the universe looks almost exactly like humans, except maybe with pointy ears and funny eyebrows, or some crazy forehead makeup TV shows can get away with it, or they could until technology caught up with them Books just can t You don t have to worry about how to simulate this alien you re just describing it, anyhow That s how we get things like the gaseous race that shows up in one of Anne McCaffrey s The Ship Who books.It s possible to explain parallel evolution to reader satisfaction The Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty did this well Pittacus didn t do so And what s worse, it s not just one race that looks suspiciously humanoid there are two alien races that are nonetheless capable as passing as native Terrans with a minimum of work Even given that the book was optioned for a movie before it was published, this is unacceptable Parallel evolution is the cheap trick that, as far as I m concerned, should never be used.And on that note, let s talk about humans and the Loric.Humans Lame, Aliens Awesome Your Accomplishments Mean NothingThis is a theme of I Am Number Four that particularly stood out to me, and here is why One of the roleplays I m doing on Gaia right now is about human settlers reaching the first planet they intend to colonize and finding an existing alien civilization As I m in control of the aliens, I ve been doing all the worldbuilding for this place, and that included figuring out why they resembled a cross between humans and Terran birds My solution was a little like McKinty s I tossed in an ancient race that meddled with both the younger species and made them in their own image When I first proposed this, though, I hadn t really figured out how it would go yet, and so my partner raised a point isn t this cheapening human achievements as a species, if you credit their whole existence and all their achievements to other aliens And he was right, you know So I backed off and made it work a different way.I wish Pittacus Lore had had to run his ideas by a similar audience Because he didn t, we get things like this We helped the humans, taught them to make fire, gave them the tools to develop speech and language, which is why our language is so similar to the languages of Earth Okay, really No one language can be similar to all the languages of Earth It s simply not possible Apparently Pittacus hasn t seen a language family tree well, ever Grammar alone, even if every language had the same sort of pronunciation, would make it impossible add in the fact that letters are pronounced differently, or that you have tonal languages and languages that use percussive sounds as well not to mention myriad dialects and this whole sentence is shown to be complete bullshit But it s not the worst This is What happens if we try to have children with humans It s happened many times before Usually it results in an exceptional and gifted human Some of the greatest figures in Earth s history were actually the product of humans and the Loric, including Buddha, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein I m going to ignore the suggestion that the Greek gods were also just half Loric humans, because this is than preposterous enough According to Pittacus Lore, you see, not only would humans not have developed fire or language on their own, they wouldn t have come up with things like the Four Noble Truths or the theory of Relativity if the speshul aliens hadn t been involved Frankly, seeing this list, I m kind of surprised that Lore stopped here why not claim responsibility for Muhammad, or Jesus, or Confucius, for example, while we re undermining world religions Why not assert that Michelangelo or Van Gogh were half Loric Hell, what about George Washington or, since Genghis Kahn made the roster, Adolf Hitler Because clearly noooooothing important can go on without alien involvement Oh, and how did the two species crossbreed This goes back to the evolution thing, I guess if there s an explanation there, it might solve this problem too, but I doubt there is Formerly planned sections The Hero Is Exempt From Morals In which I would have discussed John s flagrant abuse of his power, including some incidents of untempered and unregretted harm caused to others who were barely than bystanders, and that one time he attacked Henri Also the fact that he never cared about Henri enough to remember his name until he was dead And All Characters Are Exempt From BrainsIn which I would have discussed Henri s abominably stupid decision to investigate a Mogadorian threat on his own, and John s decision that staying in the town where his girlfriend lived was important than his own life or the future of his planet We Should Have Expected This From James FreyIn which I would have discussed the way Frey wrote his own pen name into the story and glorified himself by making Pittacus one of the most famous Lorics of all time Of Course, He Wasn t Being Paid That WellIn which I would have discussed Frey s book factory business plan and the truly horrible writing in this book Minor FailsIn which I would have discussed the anvilicious and obvious attempt at trend riding environmental message presented in the contrast between the Lorics and the Mogadorians, the absurd plot convenience of Sam just happening to mention the Mogadorians, and the fact that it is impossible to see vegetation moving under wind if the globe you re looking at is the size of a raquetball.Long story short Don t waste your time or your money If you want sci fi, go read some C.J Cherryh or Frank Herbert or watch Firefly or Doctor Who.While reading Forget Alex Pettyfer Let s see Tom Baker in this part Before reading I ve got a galley of this sitting on my bookshelf, and I was quite looking forward to it until I saw an add for the movie trailer on Facebook.No book should be made into a movie for release the year after publication I m sorry, but that s just wrong And now I m kinda not looking forward to reading this I still will, but I ll take my time getting to it.


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    You must turn off your brain and ask no questions when reading this book It s a requirement to enjoy it I failed miserably It may be readable but I Am Number Four is predictable and clich d with inaccurate and vague descriptions and explanations For the most part I Am Number Four is an easy read although the language at times struck me as amateurish and clunky Perhaps I expected too much after all this is YA but Lorien, it s inhabitants and culture were too simple or too similar to that of Earth and humans I was hoping for a bit alieness than just boy with powers and shapeshifting animals I expected a new spin on this clich of a story but it was an incompetent rehash of old formulas A lot of how questions kept popping into my head in relation to unrealistic circumstances A major one From what I understand 19 Loriens made it to Earth The rest are dead Those 19 have to repopulate Lorien when the time comes Henri tries to dissuade John from procreating with humans because he ll need a Lorien partner to produce pure children Ermare you serious How would this work You need many individuals for a species to prosper Reproduction would eventually become incestuous with the result of such unions suffering the disorders deformities genetic disease infertility extinction associated with inbreeding due to little genetic diversity in such a small gene pool making it impossible to adapt, evolve and therefore survive and prosper A tad scientific but this is science fiction, emphasis on the science I learned the above in high school biology and this is aimed at that age group I m just sayin.Other how questions How could John s girlfriend, Sarah so easily accept his alien status without much proof How did Mark come by the message that brought him to John s home and into the fight How did Henri explain what was going on to Mark How did Six survive her many serious wounds How can a book with so many illogical errors not only make it to publication but be turned into a movie when there are so many better ones out there Why is the book by Pittacus Lore It doesn t make sense Didn t he die 10 years ago with the rest of his people There was something about the elders disappearing during the ultimate battle on Lorien so there s a small possibility he still lives, however the book is in first person from John s POV WTH Small sidenote I don t know about other countries but here in the UK spastically is controversial and considered highly offensive if not used in a medical context I was very surprised to see it here but I ll put it down to cultural difference and move on The final battle didn t interest me I skimmed There were moments throughout the book that gripped me That were exciting I liked Henri, John and his dog they made a good team but it seems they re fighting a losing battle Henri encourages us to have hope even when the task ahead appears impossible but 6 kids with powers versus a whole race I m not optimistic No matter how many abilities these superhero kids develop.In some ways this reminds me of The Lightning Thief with the godlike powers, beasts and the run for your life theme That was targeted at 9 12 year olds and I think this should be too I think they d have a better time with it than I did.The movie, released next week, looks spiffy and exciting Hopefully it will be better than the book it s based on because this was just terrible.ETA Mar 2, 2011 The movie changed almost everything I had a problem with in the book It was also 100x entertaining so I encourage you all to see the movie and burn the book