I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore – more Chaos Walking than Anna Karenina

by |August 13, 2010

Here at Booktopia we like to think that we cover all the bases. When I wander through our warehouse, there is everything from Sixty Years a Brickmaker (I kid you not) to Beowulf: A Verse Translation. And I do admit, that between now and Christmas, we will probably pick up more orders for Life by Keith Richards, than Luca and the Fire of Life, by Salman Rushdie although over the next fifty years, I am not so sure. I say all this because I have just read Booktopia Book Guru’s paean for Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and a more empassioned advocate of literature that stands the test of time you will not find.

It is with great trepidation therefore, that I embark on this piece. I am Number Four is not Anna Karenina. It is not Beowulf. It is however a rip-roaring read that will happily entertain anyone over the age of fourteen and keep them from other less worthy pursuits, such as endless texting, getting a body piercing or whatever else passes for popular culture. In fact, I am being flippant, because not being a serial texter, nor piercer myself, I was very content to spend a day in the company of Pittacus Lore and I am well and truly above the age of fourteen.

I am Number Four is about to be everywhere. A September release, it is firmly in the Chaos Walking camp. Fans of Patrick Ness can breath a sigh of relief. At last there is somewhere to go after Monsters of Men. Hunger Games fans will also be more than satisfied with this one. But don’t be put off by the young adult comparisons. I am Number Four held me absolutely in its thrall from start to finish.

We have a booktrailer, extract and much fuller description here. Suffice to say here that this is a pretty scary, fantasy thriller about nine survivors from another planet hiding out on earth, in isolation from each other. They are slowly being picked off by aliens who make pretty credible human impersonators. Three are dead and our hero, fifteen year old John Smith is next on their list, if only they can find him. The publicity blurb on this one says it is a one-sit read, and I quite agree. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. It really is excellent, pacey stuff – for when you are not in the mood for our Anna.

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  • Peter Williams

    January 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Love yur comments on this. I really enjoyed readinog it – and am pierced, not to mention tattoed – and well over the teens. Fun read, and i’d recommend it readily. But it is not a touch on Hunger Games which is not a touch on Chaos Walking. (Ann Karenina didn’t much for either 40 years ago!)

  • Peter Williams

    January 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Love yur comments on this. I really enjoyed readinog it – and am pierced, not to mention tattoed – and well over the teens. Fun read, and i’d recommend it readily. But it is not a touch on Hunger Games which is not a touch on Chaos Walking. (Ann Karenina didn’t much for either 40 years ago!)

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