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    Four by four

    four by four

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    If I were to describe the situation with a color wheel, each character would only be one color. No in-between, no substance whatsoever.

    John is as dumb as a doornail. You'd think a guy on the run for his life would be a little more cautious and not do anything out of the ordinary, right?

    He has photos taken with his girlfriend's family even though he was explicitly told not to because the bad aliens can track them down. He uses his powers in front of people and fucking shows off!

    And he has the audacity to shake his head over his caretaker, Henri's carelessness when view spoiler [he gets caught by a bunch of journalists.

    Then later on Henri wants to leave for safety reasons and John fucking uses his powers on Henri to threaten him into staying.

    Afterwards, they get caught like we didn't see that coming and John's all weepy and apologizes, saying how it's his fault.

    It is your fault. And you think a fucking apology can make up for it? Fuck your cliche Hollywood storyline and dialogue. I'd give examples, but I'm tired and I have class early tomorrow, so flip through my status updates if you want to see moldy cheese as substitute for dialogue.

    View all 27 comments. I was quite pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I've heard a lot of hype surrounding it and so I was a little hesitant going in but from page one I was completely drawn in and didn't want to put it down!

    I absolutely adore everything about the concept. From the Legacies to the Loric to the Chest and everything in between, it's just all so interesting and absolutely captivating!

    I wanted to dive into this world and completely immerse myself in it! I also really loved the charact I was quite pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book!

    I also really loved the characters, they really are all amazing! But Sam definitely holds a special place in my heart.

    From the moment we met him and his belief in aliens, I was instantly in love with him! He's the quirky sidekick that you can't help but fall for!

    I honestly can't think of one thing I disliked about this book, it was just that good! It had fantastic characters, phenomenal world building AND was crazy action packed with all kinds of twists and turns that left me itching to start the next book!

    View all 6 comments. Oct 22, Anja rated it liked it Shelves: And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.

    I wasn't blown away but it wasn't bad either. I watched the movie adaption about 4 years ago when it first came out but I didn't remember a lot of it so the story was still quite "new" to me.

    One thing that immediately annoyed me was John's name. I mean, John Smith? I sincerely hope he'll change his identity in the next book and will go by a different name soon!

    Or that the next book will be from a different perspective alltogether, maybe Six or something? Another thing was the insta-love between him and Sarah.

    I thoroughly dislike stories with insta-love with a passion. In the book, he saw Sarah walking around with her camera for the first time and BAM , he was sold, and vice versa!

    I mean, come on , I get that the story needed to progress really fast, but I would've liked to see some development in their relationship before they fell head over heels in love.

    The action in the end made up for a lot though! I literally breezed through the last pages, so much was happening and it was totally badass. Sometimes it was a bit chaotic but I really didn't mind.

    The last few pages really made me cry, but I feel like it was needed for John's journey to finally take off. I feel like interesting things are going to happen in the future, together with Six, Sam and Bernie Kosar.

    I'm definitely going to read the rest of the series one day, I think I'm just going to wait a few weeks to start with the second book because I feel like reading something different right now.

    View all 3 comments. Feb 10, Alicia rated it did not like it Shelves: One of the worst books I've read so far in , second only after Spells in stupidity.

    I suppose this is another case of a book with a decent concept, but incredibly weak execution of said concept. My main gripe with this book was that it just bored me out of my mind.

    I am not usually a skimmer. I tend to read slowly, and really absorb each word and sentence, but this book just had me itching to skim through large sections.

    Boredom aside, I found the characters and dialogue quite wooden, and th One of the worst books I've read so far in , second only after Spells in stupidity.

    Boredom aside, I found the characters and dialogue quite wooden, and the entire plot was rife with cliches. The so-called "romance" between the protag and his love interest was ridiculous, cheesy and bland.

    The love interest was the stereotypical, perfect, gorgeous, personality-less, blue-eyed, ivory-skinned blonde.

    She seemed to be valued mainly for her looks, as the reader has it hammered over their head over and over again that she is "the most beautiful girl John had ever seen" blah blah etc etc.

    I suppose she was also valued for her supposed "goodness", which was demonstrated to the reader only in the most banal, cliche ways ie.

    At one point she was actually described as "fluttering her eyelashes" at him. I mean, c'mon, who actually does that? I just had no interest in any of the characters.

    I couldn't feel anything for them. They all seemed like teenage cliches, not real people. In fact, the whole book had a distinctly teenagerish feel, which is not necessarily a bad thing for a book to be and completely understandable considering it's YA, but that doesn't mean it has to suck.

    I enjoy plenty of YA and children's books, but this one was just.. The writing was serviceable, although again, very bland and uninspired.

    Plus, there are some pretty questionable ethical issues when it comes to the "authoring" of this book and whether the author who wrote the bulk of it was fairly compensated.

    See here for more info. I wasn't at all surprised to learn about the conditions that the book was written under, as that's exactly what it reads like - some kind of mass-produced, commercial product coming out of a YA-book-trend factory.

    There's no handmade flourishes, no artistry and no heart. It's like they just grabbed a bunch of cliches and popular YA trends - a love triangle, magic powers, etc.

    That's not writing, it's a tragedy. View all 13 comments. Apr 30, Amanda rated it did not like it Shelves: You know the most suspenseful, well-written part of I am Number Four?

    I am number four. I certainly thought so, which is why I read it. Now I wish I had just left it on the shelf and let the power of those two lines remain my only association with the novel.

    I'm about to point out several flaws to which many people will say, "Yeah, but it's young adult fiction. There is some damn fine young adult science fiction out there I offer The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins or the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness as prime examples of intelligent, well-written young adult fare , but I am Number Four should not be listed among them.

    The initial premise is that Number Four aka John Smith is an alien from Lorien who, along with nine other children, was sent to earth as a small child to escape the destruction of his planet by the Mogadorians.

    The plan is for the children to survive and later return to repopulate the planet. Knowing the Mogadorians would hunt the children down, they are bound together by a charm that prevents them from being killed out of their numeric order.

    When one of them is killed, a spiral scar is seared into the leg of the remaining Loriens, signaling the threat level to the next in line.

    So far, so good. This is, unfortunately, when the whole thing starts falling apart: Fortunately, before it was too late, the Lorien people got their collective act together to save the planet.

    As a thank you, the planet gave powers known as legacies to some of the citizenry. These legacies begin to manifest as a Lorien becomes a teenager and, guess what?

    These include hands that glow like flashlights lame , the ability to communicate with animals meh , a fireproof body getting better , invisibility now this could be something worthwhile , and telekinesis Yahtzee!

    The overt environmental message here is blatant and didactic: Those who got the planetary shaft in this deal became known as "cepans" whose job was to train and protect those with legacies.

    If you have magic powers, why do you need a bodyguard? When the Lorien nine were sent to earth, each was given their own cepan to help raise and protect them until their legacies became evident.

    This makes a little more sense, but also raises the question of why didn't they send young adults whose powers had already matured to earth?

    Instead, Lorien is basically destroyed by the Mogadorians and the fate of the Lorien race is put on pause while they wait for their saviors to stop drooling and shitting themselves.

    Apparently, "intelligence" was not one of the legacies bestowed upon the Loriens. John is bland vanilla-ville. He complains and whines his way through the novel.

    Sarah's sweetness is gag-reflex inducing and, despite the inevitable romance between the two, there's absolutely no chemistry.

    They seem to have fallen in love in the span of 5 nanoseconds and then spend the rest of the novel swapping the vapid sweet-nothings typical of a couple in a Valentine's Day commercial for Zales.

    They both know that the three other Loriens have been killed, they know the Mogadorians are closing in, and they know John is number four.

    So what do they do? John openly uses his powers and draws more attention to himself than a neon light outside a strip club, Henri goes and stirs up a nest of Mogadorians in a town two hours away, etc.

    However, do they get the hell out of Dodge? I would think all of these would take a backseat to the fact that John's number is literally up.

    The one that really killed me was "It's a great house. A classic family home with bedrooms on the second floor, an attic where one of her brothers has his room, and all of the living spaces - the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room - on the first floor.

    I love the layout. I've seen the movie previews and noted that Timothy Olyphant plays Henri I won't lie--this, too, initially drew me to the book.

    Dear God, do not let this connection forever ruin Raylan Givens for me. I could go on, but I won't. Basically, the author has taken equal parts Superman, X-Men, and Twilight , blended them together in a concoction as delightful as swill and served it with a heaping side-order of teenage angst, a la "I feel so out of place and no one understands me.

    Maybe it's because I'm really different. And not the short bus special, but really special special. I'm in favor of anything that gets them to read, but this is too predictable for most adults or teenagers with more literary sensibilities.

    Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder View all 18 comments. You know the characterization sucks when the best character in the book is the dog View all 5 comments.

    Aug 21, Michelle. OK, I loved this book. The whole concept of the book was amazing! But I got this weird vibe coming from deep within me after I finished reading the book.

    And it really annoyed me and angered me. Here I am, just finished reading this amazing book, and i have this weird vibe just radiating from me.

    It took me a few days to figure out what it was, so I will explain to you what the OK, I loved this book. It took me a few days to figure out what it was, so I will explain to you what the weird vibe was.

    I felt like the book should have been longer. It just felt like everything was happened too fast even though it had an average speed.

    That my head was thinking something totally different than my body. My body was thinking something else.

    Which is really creepy in my opinion. The book should have just been longer. Stupid random weird body feeling that have a mind of their own.

    I wonder why that had to happen Message me if you wanna know. I gave this book 4 stars because of my annoying weird feeling that made me cut it down.

    There is one thing I am confused about though If Sam went with them, wouldn't anyone notice that he isn't there? Other than Sarah and Mark but Dec 02, Scarlet Cameo rated it did not like it.

    En fin, una perdida de tiempo. May 15, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is an entertaining and easy read.

    It reminds you of Superman plus X-men which means this book contains a really cool story with really cool characters. The story begins so intensely, it grabbed my focus immediately.

    Its movie adaptation is good enough, though not as good as the book. I wonder when the movie sequels will come.

    Sep 19, Sh3llraiser marked it as to-read Shelves: I mean, cray cray mixed. I mean, aliens, right? Jul 12, Suzanne rated it it was amazing.

    I cannot believe I waited so long to start this series! I am going to go get the others at the library throughout the next few weeks.

    This is a very fascinating plot and the characters are so likeable! Dec 14, Annalisa rated it liked it Shelves: Years ago I was watching The X-Files movie and during the climax scene Mulder and Scully need to get out of some remote, creepy warehouse before the building is destroyed probably by aliens; it was always aliens that messed up Mulder's plans, and the show.

    Once upon a time X-Files was one of my favorite shows until they fell on the alien crutch every singe episode and gave up on coming up with with cool sci-fi explanations for the unexplained.

    Aliens ruin another good story, sigh. But I digress Years ago I was watching The X-Files movie and during the climax scene Mulder and Scully need to get out of some remote, creepy warehouse before the building is destroyed probably by aliens; it was always aliens that messed up Mulder's plans, and the show.

    But I digress, back to the movie. Only Mulder and Scully aren't running or scheming or even freaking out. They're talking, without a hint of panic, while in my brain I'm shouting at them "Move!

    Or you're going to die! Okay, fine, if you're not worried about your predicament, I don't know why I should be. Big, tense scene coming up, but instead of the characters being proactive or planning or running or doing anything at all, they sit around and wait for the cool action scenes to fall upon them.

    For all their awesome powers and abilities, they don't do much to fight or consider the obvious strategies that would get them out of their predicaments.

    I wish the author more ranting about that later would have planned the segues and logistics behind those scenes that will look cool on the big screen instead focusing so much on the action so I didn't find myself rolling my eyes so much in the last hundred pages.

    All the workings were there for a great climax if it had just been crafted a little better. But let's talk about the rest of the book.

    The premise is that nine alien children from a destroyed planet are hiding out on earth until they develop their powers and are strong enough to fight back.

    But their destroyers are on earth tracking and killing the children one by one. The novel begins when the first three have been killed and number four knows he's next.

    I'm not a huge fan of alien plot stories, but it was a good premise, and I was hooked from the first page. The balance of answering my questions while keeping me intrigued about what I didn't know until I cared enough about number four to find out the rest of his story was perfectly done.

    That balance of pacing is something that is very hard to get just right in commercial fiction and it's done just right here to keep to you glued to the story.

    In fact, until the climax read like a choreographed fight, I probably would have given this four stars.

    I liked number four never really came to think of him as John and was vested in his story, and while I think Sarah could have been better defined, more than just gorgeous and empty, for an action book, the characterization wasn't bad.

    Sometimes alien was too-convenient answer, there were some holes and mistakes that most people probably wouldn't stop to think about, and the chameleon was way too obvious, but overall I found the description of this other planet and people interesting and well done.

    Very imaginative and creative. Normally I'd think present tense would be perfect for a fast-paced action story, but something about the dry short, choppy sentences a guy obviously wrote this coupled with the present tense rated on my nerves as childish.

    But all of that is details. The story was good and I can see why people are caught up in it and why it's been optioned as a movie. The bad news comes in the form of the sequel What's worse is that Frey owns the rights to the work and doesn't have to use the author's writing or credit him in anyway.

    You can read the abysmal contract here. A guy named Jobie Hughes is one of the authors who took up Frey's offer in hopes of making a name for himself in the publishing industry.

    I Am Number Four is his creation, thus the pseudonym. He has since parted ways with Frey good for him , but he doesn't own the rights to his baby.

    So if there is a sequel, he will not be the one to write it. All of this did nothing to change my opinion of the book only Frey , but it is disheartening to see a promising series get lost in a war over money.

    Jun 23, Mizuki added it Shelves: I don't plan to read that book. But right now I'm watching the movie Here's a few things I noticed Plus, since the main character is a boy instead of a girl, so we got a Pretty Blond Girl instead of a Prince I don't plan to read that book.

    Plus, since the main character is a boy instead of a girl, so we got a Pretty Blond Girl instead of a Prince Charming, Bullies instead of a Queen Bee, but the Geek is still the Geek here 4 The soundtracks of the movie are damn annoying.

    Because being ugly or bad looking usually is a sign of being evil, and God forbid the good guys to be anything less than good looking!

    And I have decided I'm not going to get anywhere near the book! View all 16 comments. Mar 28, Evangelin rated it really liked it Shelves: I was addicted to this book because of the concept of this book.

    I will explain to you in short about the story line. Ever wondered that maybe all of them who are in this world aren't normal people?

    What if they have special powers?? Even your best friend could be one of them. Nine people along with their guardians are on a run. They come from a far away planet called Lorian which is ten times smaller than Ear "I Am Number Four" is an interesting novel packed with action,YA and romance.

    They come from a far away planet called Lorian which is ten times smaller than Earth. All of them look just like us. Go to high school like us.

    But they are not us. They have special powers. Their planet,Lorien,had been attacked and destroyed. The nine of them Garde and their guardians Cepan are the only ones who have survived.

    They arrived on Earth and have parted ways. They are in hiding in different parts of the world. Before the had left the planet,the elders of that planet had put a charm and linked them all together so that if one of them dies the others will know it.

    And they can be killed only according to their number. The nine of them are the only hope of that planet. They have to get together before the people who attacked their planet attacks kills them.

    Number one was caught in Malaysia. Number two in England. Number three in Kenya. John Smith has been moving from place to place his entire life.

    He is in hiding. He cannot make friends and have a normal life because he isn't normal. John is number four. He knows that he is next.

    He must be ready to fight back or face the worst-death. This novel is stunning and worth a try. I really liked the story line. I would recommend it to readers who like paranormal activity.

    I'm looking forward to reading the next book of the series. Mar 26, Cat rated it did not like it. I'm not sure what "I Am Number Four" is doing here on a website dedicated to reviewing books, because whatever this thing is a travesty?

    It's a disgrace to real books, which isn't quite the same thing. That's how awful this piece of writing is. It's so awful I can't bring myself to call it a book, even though it's masquerading as one for tax purposes.

    Heed my warning, gentle reader: I don't know you, but I know you're better than this. I have fa I'm not sure what "I Am Number Four" is doing here on a website dedicated to reviewing books, because whatever this thing is a travesty?

    I have faith in you. My pep talk isn't enough, you say? You need further convincing? Here's another reason to stay away from this contemptible excuse for a novel: A thousand curses upon your rating system, O Goodreads, for making it impossible to give a book 0 stars - this "book" has 0 redeeming qualities and deserves a corresponding rating.

    Jul 08, Eric Allen rated it liked it. Okay, he's made quite a few horrible movies, but I Am Number Four stands out amongst them as having the absolute worst acting I have EVER seen put to film in my life, and keep in mind I've been through college film-making courses where I had to watch quite a few awful student films.

    Let's put it this way, a puppet manipulated by Frank Oz would have been a thousand times more expressive, emotive, and realistic than the guy they got to play the lead.

    Despite the horrible acting, it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, though I wouldn't ever actually call it good. This movie went into production before the final draft of the book was even completed, and Bay has been quoted in saying that a lot of the differences in the story stem from that.

    Naturally, after seeing the movie, and reading up a bit on the production history and the history of the book that it was based upon, I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy of the book from my local library.

    They have fifteen copies. None of them were checked out. That is usually a pretty good indication of something I Am Number Four follows Four, a.

    John Smith, an alien from the planet Lorien, now laid to waste by another alien race called the Moggadorians. Nine children, members of the Lorien Garde, destined to develop super human powers and abilities that they will one day use to take Lorien back, were sent to Earth, each with a protector, to hide, grow, and train.

    John and his guardian Henri have moved from town to town every few months for the past eleven years. John barely remembers his home world, his parents, or what he is supposed to be fighting for.

    The Lorien children have a charm placed upon them that they can only be killed in order. Three are dead, and John is next.

    Upon moving to the town of Paradise Ohio, John begins to develop his powers, or Legacies, super speed, strength, the ability to shine lights from his hands, an immunity to heat and energy weapons, and the ability to move objects with his mind.

    He has run ins with the school bully, falls in love with the prettiest girl in school, and generally behaves like a typical teenaged girl yes, I said girl, and if you read this book, you'll see why until the Moggadorians find him and the battle for survival ensues.

    Despite having two authors, one--James Frey--an idea stealing, lying, worthless waste of human life who can't find a fire to die in fast enough for my tastes, this book is relatively well written.

    Which is hardly ever the case with collaboration pieces. Check out the Left Behind series for a good example of why more than one author is a bad, baaaaaad idea.

    The history of Lorien, the mystery of its fall, and of John and the other numbers' mission on Earth are all pretty well paced.

    I typically absolutely despise the first person present tense viewpoint used to tell the story. Where it was a constant irritant to me in The Hunger Games, and caused me to stop reading several times before I finally managed to slog my way through it, it is not overly distracting here.

    I attribute this to the fact that I Am Number Four is written by decent authors, and Suzanne Collins couldn't write anything decent to save her life.

    The book was interesting enough, well paced enough, and written well enough that I was willing to forgive the use of present tense, and first person.

    The climax of this book is very good and rather exciting, putting that of the movie absolutely to shame. The writers actually managed to out Michael Bay Michael Bay, and since John is slightly more emotive than the block of wood playing the lead in the movie, it's a lot more satisfying to see him succeed.

    The book builds up to it perfectly, and everything pays off spectacularly in a final confrontation at the school between two of the numbers and a whole army of Moggadorians.

    It's a quick, easy, and generally enjoyable read for anyone who likes science fiction, or saw and enjoyed the movie.

    There are several factors that go into my ratings for books. Does the book have a good story? Does the book have good Characters?

    Does the book build up to a satisfying climax? Is the book well written? This book had the story. It had the satisfying climax. It had generally good writing.

    But the characters were all just cookie-cutter stereotypes without a shred of personality. John is a generic teenaged boy stereotype.

    His friend Sam is a generic sci-fi nerd stereotype. His girlfriend is the generic girlfriend stereotype. The bully is a generic high school douchebag stereotype.

    Henri is a generic father figure stereotype. It reminds me somewhat of the actors in the movie. Maybe they weren't just horrible actors after all and they were just doing the best they could with the material.

    Almost every character in this book is bland, boring, and without a shred of real personality. There is nothing to define them as characters and make them stand out.

    They're like stick figures filling in for real characters because the authors were too busy building up the back story to bother filling in the people that the book is about.

    When you don't really care about the people that the book is about, it's hard to care what happens to them. When it's hard to care what happens to the characters, it's hard to become invested in the plot.

    When you're not invested in the plot, then there isn't usually much conflict and tension, and any action or climactic events become meaningless.

    Good, well developed, well rounded characters are integral to a good story. And when a book doesn't have them, relying completely on generic stereotypes instead, it takes away quite a bit from the experience.

    I was still interested in the story, and the mystery of what was going on. The writing was good enough to keep me going to the end.

    Despite not really caring much about any of the characters, the climax was pretty exciting. However, it all could have been so much more so if only the writers had taken a little extra time and effort to come up with decent characters to act it all out.

    In conclusion, despite a number of things against it, I did enjoy this book. I would have enjoyed it more if there were some actual, real characters, but it's a fun and quick enough read without.

    This book did lack the incredibly important element of real characters that a reader can get behind and care about because they're all bland, boring, generic cardboard cut-outs without a shred of real personality.

    I enjoyed everything else about the book, even though it was co-written by someone whom I wish would die at his earliest possible convenience, making the world a better place with his absence, but it could have been so much more.

    Because of the lack of well developed characters, I'm giving this book three stars. It was FAR better than the movie, and did keep me entertained for an afternoon, despite it's vices.

    I wouldn't go so far as to call this a good book, but it's not bad if you've got a spare afternoon and nothing else to do.

    Sometimes I want to take a break from the heavy stuff I typically read with something simple and fun, and this book fit the bill.

    Check out my other reviews. A few years ago I heard about a movie called District 9. The majority of people I spoke to seemed to love it.

    One day my dad brought a copy home from the DVD store, and against my better instinct decided to watch it.

    I firmly believed that-being about aliens, spaceships and full of action-I would hate it. I thought it would be a 'geekish' movie, but none the less decided to give in to my dads pestering and watch it.

    Turns out I completely misjudged the movie. It wasnt bad or geekish, It was amazing. I added it to my list of favorite films, and decided to never judge sci-fi movies again.

    Skip forward to early I had my eye on this since September, but when I found out about the main character being an alien, and having a lot of backstory about a sort of space-war, I wasnt so sure.

    Okay, enough bad movie comparisons, onto the proper review: My mind was blown. I loved this book! Pittacus Lore-whoever he is-did everything right.

    The pacing was perfect, I cared for the characters, the style was perfectly readable and the scenery was wonderfully visual. Firstly, I am going to rant about the good stuff, and at the reviews end I have a tiny complaint.

    But first, the characters: He is my favorite character all year. He is a pretty cool guy. And I liked his personality.

    I agree with one of my friends reviews, he would make a good boyfriend: She was so likable! Later, whilst watching the trailer I am pleased to see Dianna Agron!

    They cast her as Sarah! Whoever was behind that deserves a pat on the back. Possibly my favorite character, at least in the top two.

    He was the awesome, kick-but, protective, chilled back father figure. I kept imagining him as a cross between Stanley Tucci and Henri Leconte.

    I liked her appearance, but would have loved some more information on what she has been doing for the past 10 years, where she has been hiding, how her guardian was killed etc etc.

    This is awesome for a number of reasons: But I digress, moving on: As I previously mentioned, this was spot-on perfect! The book starts with a short, well written addicting hook.

    Then we are filled in on the characters and their lives, and presented with a problem. For a hundred pages or so, their is a focus on a cute relationship between characters, whilst the suspense of being hunted down rises-and we learn important facts about the main character.

    Then comes a 50 page block of suspense, and a bit of action, which is a small preview of what is to come. Then there is a crisis-important stuff happens cant say or it would be a spoiler!

    There was not a dull part, and Mr. Lore or should I say Jobie Hughs? No idea what Im talking about? The writing style was great.

    Descriptive scenery, suspenseful prose , and surprisingly sweet romantic scenes. I could clearly the the small town-John's house, the school, the forest.

    All wonderfully written-or maybe it was just me over imagining things? Oh, and John and Sarah were incredibly cute together: Now, onto a few problems I had with the book: I know I said that this book has had the best character ive read about all year-but they still need work.

    They still need some more depth. Especially Sam, Mark and Number 6. The battle was almost hard to read with these character, since they seemed so darn flat.

    Hopefully we see all the characters develop in the highly anticipated sequel The Power of Six. The title either means we see loads of 6-the character-Teressa Palmer making us Adelaidian's proud!

    Okay, so this is the main thing that holds this book down from 5 stars. We are told that the Mogadorians killed most of the Lorics for their resources, and they want to do the same to Earth.

    But WHY do they need to kill the numbered Loric kids? Cant they just let them be? Roam on Earth until its destroyed?

    And even if the numbered Lorics cant think of anything else to call them return to Lorien, then they would be killed anyway, by the thousands of Mogodorians already there?

    Even if all nine of their Legacies had developed, it would be no match for the thousands of Mogadorians who had fought thousands of Lorics also with developed Legacies years before.

    Oh yeah, and the Bernie Koaler sp? I did see it coming. I cared for the characters and loved every second of reading it! Highly recommended to all except for those who have an un-dying, sever hate for aliens.

    The movie trailer looks mediocre, but maybe they are just aiming it at the wrong audience? It shows to much focus on blue energy stuff , if you know what I mean.

    Fingers crossed the movie is amazing! Oh yes, And I feel lots of awesome fan-fiction coming on. Jun 12, LeAnne rated it liked it. This was a teenaged fantasy-other world - alien - magical powers book I listened to along w my 14 year old.

    We started listening to it on a 5 Hour drive home this past weekend. Upon having unloaded the car, he called out to me MOM!!!

    I put in 11 or 12 awful hours over the past two days with this teeny bopper thing. But my kid and I got to complain about the characters, ask each other plot questions, etc for all that time.

    Daimler-Benz also has a history in four-wheel drive. After the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft had built a four-wheel-driven vehicle called Dernburg-Wagen , also equipped with four-wheel steering , in , that was used by German colonial civil servant, Bernhard Dernburg, in Namibia ; Mercedes and BMW, in , introduced some rather sophisticated four-wheel drives, the G1, the G4 and G4 following.

    Mercedes and BMW developed this further in The American Marmon-Herrington Company was founded in to serve a growing market for moderately priced four-wheel-drive vehicles.

    The early Marmon-Herringtons proved to be the exception to the rule — 4WD cars and trucks developed in the s were mainly going to be built for governments, with future warfare applications in mind.

    Army in several configurations. The Timken transfer case was the first part-time design, [27] that allowed the driver to engage or disengage four-wheel drive using a lever inside the cabin.

    Starting in , Japanese company Tokyu Kurogane Kogyo built approximately 4, four-wheel-drive roadsters, called the Kurogane Type 95 reconnaissance car, used by the Imperial Japanese Army from until , during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

    Three different bodystyles were manufactured; a 2-door roadster, a 2-door pickup truck and a 4-door phaeton, all equipped with a transfer case that engaged the front wheels, powered by a 1.

    They were produced because of a government demand for a four-wheel-drive passenger vehicle. The Unimog is also a result of Mercedes 4x4 technology.

    The first Russian produced four-wheel-drive vehicle, also in part for civilian use, was the GAZ , developed in the Soviet Union in It was not until "go-anywhere" vehicles were needed for the military on a large scale, that four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles found their place.

    The World War II Jeep , originally developed by American Bantam but mass-produced by Willys and Ford, became the best-known four-wheel-drive vehicle in the world during the war.

    All totaled, North America built ca. One deciding factor had to do with availability of certain critical components, like transfer cases and especially constant-velocity joints , not used much on commercial vehicles, [nb 1] but all-wheel drive vehicles all needed these; plus additionally, they would use two or three times the amount of driven axles, meaning more gears to cut for all the differentials.

    Produced up to the war by a few specialized firms with limited capacity, from spring Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet joined in fabricating these in a quantity more than a fold greater than in Although Russia had their own jeep-like vehicle the GAZ up and running in , a year earlier than the American jeep — in the early years of the war, they relied significantly on Lend-Lease vehicles, provided by the western allies.

    In they launched a further developed version: By contrast, the Axis powers ' closest equivalent to the jeep, the VW Kübelwagen , of which only some 50, were built, though being equipped with portal gear hubs, only had rear-wheel drive.

    Willys introduced the model CJ-2A in , the first full-production four-wheel drive vehicle for sale in the general marketplace. Thanks to the ubiquitous World War II jeep's success, its rugged utilitarianism set the pattern for many four-wheel drive vehicles to come.

    Originally conceived as a stop-gap product for the struggling Rover car company, despite chronic under-investment it succeeded far better than their passenger cars.

    With the acquisition of the "Jeep" name in Willys had cornered the brand. Not only was it technically innovative, with independent front suspension and the first automatic transmission coupled to 4WD, it was equipped and finished as a regular passenger automobile.

    The luxury Rambler or Buick V8s powered Super Wagoneer produced from to raised the bar even higher. With its added roadworthiness, the top range full-size Grand Wagoneer continued to compete with traditional luxury cars.

    Subaru introduced the category-expanding Leone in , an inexpensive compact station wagon with a light-duty, part-time four-wheel drive system that could not be engaged on dry pavement.

    American Motors introduced the innovative Eagle for the model year. The new Eagles combined Jeep technology with an existing and proven AMC passenger automobile platform.

    They ushered a whole new product category of "sport-utility" or crossover SUV. AMC's Eagles came with the comfort and high-level appointments expected of regular passenger models and used the off-road technology for an extra margin of safety and traction.

    The Eagle's thick viscous fluid center differential provided quiet and smooth transfer of power that was directed proportionally to the axle with the greatest traction.

    This was a true full-time system operating only in four-wheel drive without undue wear on suspension or driveline components.

    There was no low range in the transfer case. This became the forerunner of the designs that followed from other manufacturers.

    The Eagles were popular particularly in the snowbelt , had towing capacity, and came in several equipment levels including sport and luxury trims.

    A manual transmission and a front axle-disconnect feature were also made available for greater fuel economy. During and a unique convertible was added to the line.

    The Eagle's monocoque body was reinforced for the conversion and had a steel targa bar with a removable fiberglass roof section.

    Audi also introduced a permanently all-wheel-driven road-going car, the Audi Quattro , in Audi's chassis engineer, Jörg Bensinger, had noticed in winter tests in Scandinavia that a vehicle used by the German Army, the Volkswagen Iltis , could beat any high-performance Audi.

    He proposed developing a four-wheel-drive car, that would also be used for rallying to improve Audi's conservative image. The Audi Quattro system became a feature on production cars.

    In , Toyota also developed a car built for competition in rally campaigns. Some of the earliest mid-engined four-wheel-drive cars were the various road-legal rally cars made for Group B homologation, such as the Ford RS made from to In , niche maker Panther Westwinds created a mid-engined four-wheel-drive, the Panther Solo 2.

    In the United States, as of late , AWD vehicles comprised 32 per cent of new light vehicle sales, up five per cent since In , Nissan introduced the GT-R featuring a rear-mounted transaxle.

    The AWD system requires two drive shafts , one main shaft from the engine to the transaxle and differential and a second drive shaft from the transaxle to the front wheels.

    Spyker is credited with building and racing the first ever four-wheel drive racing car, the Spyker 60 HP in Bugatti created a total of three four-wheel-drive racers, the Type 53 , in , but the cars were notorious for having poor handling.

    All these F1 cars were considered inferior to their RWD counterparts, as the advent of aerodynamic downforce meant that adequate traction could be obtained in a lighter and more mechanically efficient manner, and the idea was discontinued, even though Lotus tried repeatedly.

    Nissan and Audi had success with all-wheel drive in road racing with the former's advent of the Nissan Skyline GT-R in So successful was the car that it dominated the Japanese circuit for the first years of production, going on to bigger and more impressive wins in Australia before weight penalties eventually levied a de facto ban on the car.

    Most controversially was the win pulled off at the Macau Grand Prix where the car led from start to finish. The Super Duty trucks shared many parts between the light duty and medium duty, reducing production costs.

    The Dana 60 front axle is used on both medium- and light-duty Super Duty trucks. The Dana S is currently being used for the rear drive, under Ford and Ram's medium-duty trucks.

    Volvo introduced the Model four-wheel drive backhoe loader in In engineering terms, "four-wheel drive" designates a vehicle with power delivered to four wheel ends spread over at least two axles.

    Examples of these with two rear, one front axle are the 6-wheeled Pinzgauer , which is popular with defense forces around the globe, and wheeled GMC CCKW made famous by the U.

    Army in World War II. The "four" in the instance referring to the vehicle having four wheels, not necessarily all driven. Combined with twin fuel tanks and twin batteries which could be set up to run either or both engines , the redundancy of two separate drive trains meant that they could make it back to civilization even after major mechanical failures.

    Only around of these cars were built, and only 27 are known to exist today. BMC experimented with a twin-engine Mini Moke dubbed the "Twini Moke" in the mids, but never put it into production.

    This made advantage of the Mini's 'power pack' layout, with a transverse engine and the gearbox in the engine sump. Early prototypes had separate gear levers and clutch systems for each engine.

    Later versions sent for evaluation by the British Army had more user-friendly linked systems. Chadwick patented a 4WD system, GB , that used hemispherical wheels for an all-terrain vehicle.

    Twenty years later, B. Warne , patented, GB , an improvement on Chadwick's design that did not use differential gear assemblies.

    By using near-spherical wheels with provision to tilt and turn each wheel co-ordinatively, the driven wheels maintain constant traction. Furthermore, all driven wheels steer and, as pairing of wheels is not necessary, vehicles with an odd number of wheels are possible without affecting the system's integrity.

    Progressive deceleration is made possible by dynamically changing the front-to-rear effective wheel diameter ratios.

    Earlier Suzuki versions were twin engined, from on the engine is a twin-turbocharged 2. Nissan Motors has developed a system called E-4WD.

    It is designed for cars that are normally front-wheel drive; however, the rear wheels are powered by electric motors. This system was introduced in some variants of the Nissan Cube and Tiida.

    This is accomplished by driving the left wheels as a pair and right wheels as a pair, as opposed to driving the front and rear pairs.

    A central gearbox allows one side to drive in the opposite direction to the other. It also has dual Hemi V8s. Some hybrid vehicles such as the Lexus RXh provide power to an AWD system through a pair of electric motors, one to the front wheels and one to the rear.

    In the case of the AWD model version of the Lexus RXh and its Toyota-branded counterpart, the Harrier hybrid , the front wheels can also receive drive power directly from the vehicle's gasoline engine as well as via the electric motors, whereas the rear wheels derive power only from the second electric motor.

    Transfer of power is managed automatically by internal electronics based on traction conditions and need, making this an all-wheel-drive system.

    The 4RM system used in the Ferrari FF in is unique in that it has a rear transaxle with secondary front transaxle connected directly to the engine.

    The car operates primarily as a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Clutches in the front transaxle engage when the rear wheels slip.

    Drive to the front wheels is transmitted through two infinitely-variable clutch packs which are allowed to 'slip' to give the required road wheel speeds.

    The front transaxle has three gears, two forward, and reverse. The two forward gears of the front transmission match the lower four forward gears of the rear transmission.

    It is not used in higher gears. The connection between this gearbox and each front wheel is via independent haldex-type clutches, without a differential.

    The above systems ending with " " function by selectively using the traction control system via ABS to brake a slipping wheel.

    Some in this category have varying degrees of control in the torque distribution between front and rear by allowing some of the clutches in a multi-plate clutch coupling to engage and slip varying amounts.

    In extreme conditions, the system can be locked in a These are vehicles that have no center differential. Since there is no center differential to allow for speed differences between the front and rear wheels when turning, a small amount of tire slippage must occur during turns.

    When used on slick surfaces, this is not a problem, but when turning on dry pavement, the tires grip, then are forced to slip, then grip again, and so on, until the turn is completed.

    This causes the vehicle to exhibit a 'hopping' sensation. Using an engaged part-time 4WD system on a hard surface is not recommended, as damage to the drive-line eventually occurs.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Four-wheel drive disambiguation. For other uses, see Four by four disambiguation.

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    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. View all 52 comments.

    Peeps who don't mind reading ridiculous alien stories. Movie Update I 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 more 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 W Movie Update I already watched the movie and it was better than the book.

    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.

    Loses His Shirt on the Ellen Show http: This looks pretty bad-ass and WTH, why was there a kissing scene? Movie Posters Who's excited for the movie?

    For the love of Alex Pettyfer, I will watch the movie and will read this book! The post above are my insane thoughts before reading the book, pardon my fan girling obscenities.

    Pardon the fan girling for the second time , the review will contains lots of it. Then I go to YOUTUBE and watch all this fan made videos of the book and I came upon this video wherein they posted their ideal casts for the movie something something something.

    And when I see Alex Pettyfer "nalaglag panty ko" translation: Okay I shut up for now, will continue tomorrow. See you later, Alligater! Do you miss me?

    So as I was saying I love Alex Pettyfer from the moment I saw him I think he's the one I'm going to marry someday Don't mind me it's my alter ego talking again.

    My Reaction To That Was: Wait are you disappointed? There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will only be in boxers.

    There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will be on the shower. There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will be shirtless because his shirt was burned.

    The book is ridiculous wait I already said that, sorry! In fact this is so ridiculous I need to repeat myself, that's how ridiculous it is.

    This is just overrated. The story reminds me of Dragonball Z. The book for most parts is booooorrrrrrriiiing.

    Bombarded with cliches, it was predictable. I can't really get into the story, the premise was great but after few pages I don't care about the story and the characters.

    The author was also a character of the book Pittacus Lore whoever you may be, Gimme a break! The romance is mushy!!! When the plot moves the author uses ridiculous deux-ex-machinas.

    I lol at this considered that an understatement! Okay the book was OKAY. It wasn't that bad but I really didn't like Alien stories.

    I don't like alien stories 'kay, I just read it because of you. So aren't we going to watch the movie anymore? I'm going to still watch it okay, you're there for the love of God!

    Okay stop being upset, come here.. Jul 12, Ken rated it liked it Shelves: We've been here before. About a bazillion times.

    In fact, your neighbor may be a Lorien the "good guy" planet of concern here and the haberdasher way to blend in! So our protagonist is on his 5,th 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. They go by different names, they borrow shamelessly from Marvel Comics, and they're viral.

    Speaking of viral, at 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.

    Draw the attention and ire of a 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. You might as well hunt polar bear in the Everglades. 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.

    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.

    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?

    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.

    View all 24 comments. Sep 21, P rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

    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.

    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. View all 11 comments. 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. Have I ever loved an alien invasion!?!

    This book was no pun intended OUT. So there you have it… a solid 4. Oh who am I kidding!? 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! 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. 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. 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.

    I was worried about you. Their final moments at the end of the book were perfectly done. I kept wanting to read more about life on Loric and how similar it was to Earth.

    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. It was all very well done and perfectly blended to provide an out-of-this-world experience.

    Who wants 4 gone besides the Mogadorians? What was in the letter? Why did they need to go to Paradise, Ohio?

    Oct 15, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

    I found myself slapping my forehead more often than is healthy and several times I surprised myself and random people around me by shouting out loud "Oh come on!

    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!

    And this was just one of the scenes that made me want to bang my head on the table. The characters also felt kind of flat to me.

    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.

    I think this might be one of those rare cases where the movie is actually better than the book. View all 25 comments.

    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?

    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.

    May 13, Kogiopsis rated it did not like it. Full review still in progress, but here's approximately the first half 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. A little bit predictable, a little bit too violent at times, but overall pretty good.

    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.

    Why do I say this? Lorien is a cheap imitation of Earth, and its inhabitants are equally cheap imitations of humans.

    The fact that they look enough like us to pass as us without extra technology or spells or whatever should have given it away. Or for that matter that all water is blue?

    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 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.

    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.

    So there would have to have been Legacies already present among the Loric for them to become prevalent. Okay, change gears here.

    Lorien is one tenth the size of Earth, and its star is twice the size of our Sun. 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. And as for that planet.

    Still relatively close to the Sun? Granted I may be incorrect on this point; biology is more my strong point than astronomy.

    TV shows can get away with it, or they could until technology caught up with them. Even given that the book was optioned for a movie before it was published, this is unacceptable.

    Humans Lame, Aliens Awesome: I tossed in an ancient race that meddled with both the younger species and made them in their own image.

    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.

    No one language can be similar to all the languages of Earth. 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.

    Usually it results in an exceptional and gifted human. Why not assert that Michelangelo or Van Gogh were half-Loric?

    Because clearly noooooothing important can go on without alien involvement. Oh, and how did the two species crossbreed? 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 more 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. Minor Fails In 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.

    Don't waste your time or your money. If you want sci-fi, go read some C. Let's see Tom Baker in this part! I've got a galley of this sitting on my bookshelf, and I was quite looking forward to it 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.

    View all 26 comments. You must turn off your brain and ask no questions when reading this book. For the most part I Am Number Four is an easy read although the language at times struck me as amateurish and clunky.

    I was hoping for a bit more alieness than just boy-with-powers and shapeshifting animals. From what I understand 19 Loriens made it to Earth.

    The rest are dead. Those 19 have to repopulate Lorien when the time comes. How would this work? You need many more individuals for a species to prosper.

    A tad scientific but this is science fiction, emphasis on the science. Why is the book by Pittacus Lore? There were moments throughout the book that gripped me.

    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 year olds and I think this should be too. The movie, released next week, looks spiffy and exciting.

    ETA Mar 2, The movie changed almost everything I had a problem with in the book. It was also x more entertaining so I encourage you all to see the movie and burn the book!

    View all 10 comments. They secretly weave among us as they slowly learn how to develop there powers, there Legacies.

    The Mogadorians, the ones responsible for destroying there home hunts them by order of there numbers. It started out as a group of nine.

    They wont stop till all are destroyed. John Smith aka Number Four is next I Am Number Four is a wicked fantasy fit for any sci-fi junkie.

    I'm not sure if I'm into alien type books really, but I was very impressed with the concept and the theories that laces through out the story.

    It's riveting, masterfully imaginative and creatively inspiring. I may not be use to these kind of books but I was hooked none the less.

    It did take me a bit to get use to the writing style since I'm not use to first-person narrative, taking the story to different paces through out the story.

    Some chapters are fast paced and heart stomping, taking dramatic surrounding with vivid memories and haunting us with striking creatures and characters.

    Then there were the more slow moving scenes, to either gather information for the readers to keep up, or to give us a look at life around John and Henri.

    These chapters were both somewhat harder to get through only because I'm an impatient reader and want to get to the good stuff and also easier since I was already invested in these characters lives and wanted to see how things would play out.

    One thing is for certain though, each page is lined with an intense urgency that made it more compelling to keep reading to the very end.

    I loved John and Henri, they have the greatest bond and I connected with them right away. There story is extremely interesting and I loved learning about the history of the planet, the training and magic of it all.

    Bernie Kosar is awesome. While the storyline has more of a crucial feel to it overall, there is also some romance. These characters are only years old, so it's not overwhelming and at times it did feel a little flat and maybe even unbelievable but it was also sweet in it's own right.

    I will say that I didn't like some reactions, thinking it played out a little to smoothly but that's all I'm going to say about that. Already a movie in the making.

    Steven Spielberg scooped the rights to this and the movie is set for release on Feb 18th , staring Alex Pettyfer Prettyface as Number Four.

    I'm actually mighty curious about it. I'm not sure if I can envision the movie or even Prettyface being John, so this should be very interesting to see.

    Even though this book does have it's flaws, there were some parts I just loved, some parts that were just okay, some parts I had to roll my eyes and others left me turning the pages as fast as possible.

    All in all, I still had a really good time reading this book and realize in the end that this is some pretty dame good storytelling!

    I'm looking forward to the sequel and the movie, and while I'm still not completely sure that I'm an extraterrestrial fan at this point, anyone looking for an out of this world read should get a kick out of, I Am Number Four.

    Sep 30, Kristy rated it really liked it Shelves: Did I enjoy this book??? Yes Was it fast-paced? Yes Did it include enough action? Yes Was there a love story?

    Yes Did I have strong emotions in certain scenes? Yes Do I want to read the next book? Will I watch the Movie?

    Were the character's likeable? Yes Were the well developed? Yes Did I enjoy the unvieling of the Legacies? Yes Did I love Henri?

    Yes Was I completely in the dark and suprised by the ending? Yes Did I like the appearance of 6 at the end?

    Yes Did i Okay, class. Yes Did it make me sad? Yes Did it make me laugh? Yes Do I love Sam Goode? Yes Did Sarah's character get on my nerves at times?

    Yes Was this an original story? Yes Was it well executed? Yes Was is a short read? Yes Do I think the author borrowed a little from star wars?

    Yes Do I think you should read this? Yes Do you think you could pass my class?????!!!?!?!?! I have read some mixed reviews on this one But, I absolutely loved it!

    I highly recommend everyone to read this!!! I completely agree with this article Here's a preview for the movie I'm about to become a fan-girl.

    Man, this looks good! Movie was pretty good. It followed the book pretty closely, shockingly. The Transfer - Was this one reallllly necessary???

    From the main books, we already know that Four picked Dauntless because he wanted to escape his abusive father. And this short story I suppose, it was just a really, really drawn out version Felt like a waste of page space.

    The Ini Overwhelmingly underwhelming. The Initiate - This was a bit interesting. We see some of the main players from Divergent mainly Eric and the Dauntless-born initiates as Four comes to terms with his new life.

    But honestly, it feels like we already lived through this. Divergent - A Stiff enters dauntless, gets ridiculed but manages to come out on top.

    The Initiate - A Stiff enters dauntless BUT he's like, super nervous and stuff , gets ridiculed and manages to come out on top.

    And we see how he gets his tat. That bit bugged the ever-living daylights out of me. And what does he do? Literally gets the most divergent possible tattoo on his body ever.

    The Son - Four trains for a leadership position. He spends most of the time waffling on whether or not he wants to do it. Then decides not to "because reasons.

    The Traitor - honestly just filling in plot holes. How does he get into the computer room? How does he know about the abnegation attack?

    Then, he meets Tris and falls in love with her because reasons. Extra scenes from Four's perspective - talk about a waste of paper.

    No inner revelations, no big reveals. Honestly, I think I preferred it when we weren't in his head. He seemed much more interesting that way.

    View all 19 comments. Miranda Reads Errol wrote: Nov 05, Miranda Reads Cynthia wrote: Jul 02, Natalie Never trust a duck marked it as to-read.

    The fact that this is a thing makes me so happy. And yes, this is Theo James. View all 24 comments. It was really fun to get into Four's head 2 years before he even meets Tris, because you get to see a different side of him.

    You get to see the scared boy from Abnegation struggling to break free from his faction and abusive father, and you see him grow into the man he is by the time Divergent begins.

    There was plenty of foreshadowing to the other books in the trilogy as well, which I loved. It was also nice but somewhat sad to see some of the characters that maybe didn't make it to book 3.

    View all 6 comments. There are no safe rooms, no safe truths, no safe secrets to tell. XD In my defence: I suppose this was to be expected because it are merely four haha Four short stories that give us a better insight at Tobias life before Divergent truly happened.

    XD Poor Tobias though. Yep, I almost forgot that Eric, that little numpty, was an Erudite before he transferred to Dauntless.

    Who would have thought it? I mean after reading the trilogy I really would have thought that Four and him were closer. I will not be a pawn, not for them and not for my mother and not for my father; I will not belong to anyone but myself.

    View all 11 comments. Apr 02, Diana marked it as to-read. This is going to be my face until the book is released: View all 9 comments.

    I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this short book about Four Tobias. The book explores his early life with his father and the reasons he picked Dauntless as his faction.

    It tells of the different trials and tribulations he went through in the first couple of years. Then is tells of his first meeting of Tris.

    I was glad they added that little tidbit in there. Especially after reading the last book in the trilogy. But nothing will ever be the same in this world.

    No matter how many time I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this short book about Four Tobias. View all 14 comments.

    Oh how Ive missed the Divergent universe and all of its characters! If its one thing Veronica Roth is the master of, its creating realistic and likeable characters that youll end up caring for.

    It gives you a better understanding of the choice he made, and why he chose dauntless as apposed to any of the other factions. You also get more insight in some of the characters that appear in the Divergent series, like Amar, Zeke and Shauna.

    We see him train for a leadership position mentioned in Divergent, and why he really made the choice of becoming an instructor instead.

    Like a bed of nails. One thing I know: For helping me forget how awful the world is, I prefer her to alcohol. View all 8 comments. Sep 15, Maureen rated it really liked it.

    I really really enjoyed this! I am beginning to think I end up liking Novella collections more than the actual series they belong to. View all 5 comments.

    Die Hard Divergent fans. And i fell in love with Four all over again Reading Four made me feel this weird feeling, That feeling you get when you watch your old photos or videos like.

    I was not prepared for this. There is nothing new Its more like behind the scenes. We get know that what Four was up to all along.

    It was good that it was not divergent all over again. We get to see his friendships with Zeak, Shauna and others. Four is o And i fell in love with Four all over again Reading Four made me feel this weird feeling, That feeling you get when you watch your old photos or videos like.

    Four is one of my favourite character of all time. I loved him in divergent and same for this one. I got the same old feeling of liking him.

    In Allegiant Four's voice was too similar to Tris's and I disliked it. But here Four's voice sounded orignal. It really felt like it was HIM speaking.

    When i read divergent i felt that i was right there in the dauntless sector. This one also has that power to make you feel you are present right there.

    Last three scenes from Fours POV were the best parts of this book. First Jumper—Tris Careful —Tris You look good—Tris When i closed this book all submerged feelings of Divergent came back on the surface all over again.

    If you loved Four like i did then read it. If you didn't then leave it. I will leave you with these gif. But common how can i resist these quotes and our good old Four.

    View all 12 comments. Aug 03, karen rated it liked it Shelves: A Divergent Story Collection contains all of the following short stories: A Divergent Story 2.

    A Divergent Story 3. A Divergent Story 4. Jun 29, Alexa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I soaked this goodness right up and I couldn't help this surge of devastation and sadness as I closed the book one final time.

    It made me want to jump up and re-read Divergent immediately Divergent only , reading the other two would be much too painful , and it made me realize how much I love Tris and Four's relationship as well.

    Aaaannd then of course there's Veronica Roth's beautiful writing. Just, so much love. View all 21 comments.

    Reading about this universe from Four's POV was really fascinating. It was nice to get to see what he thought in those situations.

    Of course, I already knew a lot of what was going to happen so there were not too many surprises in this book.

    I just really loved reading scenes with Four and Tris in particular. Apart from that I can't get enough from Veronica Roth.

    She should consider writing faster, cause I'm desperate for more. Veronica is seriously one of the most amazing writes in YA today.

    Find more of my books on Instagram Aug 01, Heather 'Bookables' rated it it was amazing Shelves: It should come as no suprise that I rated this book as a 5.

    I have always dubbed Four as my fictional husband will always continue to do so. I loved this entire book and devoured it within hours.

    The "four" in the instance referring to the vehicle having four wheels, not necessarily all driven. Combined with twin fuel tanks and twin batteries which could be set up to run either or both engines , the redundancy of two separate drive trains meant that they could make it back to civilization even after major mechanical failures.

    Only around of these cars were built, and only 27 are known to exist today. BMC experimented with a twin-engine Mini Moke dubbed the "Twini Moke" in the mids, but never put it into production.

    This made advantage of the Mini's 'power pack' layout, with a transverse engine and the gearbox in the engine sump. Early prototypes had separate gear levers and clutch systems for each engine.

    Later versions sent for evaluation by the British Army had more user-friendly linked systems. Chadwick patented a 4WD system, GB , that used hemispherical wheels for an all-terrain vehicle.

    Twenty years later, B. Warne , patented, GB , an improvement on Chadwick's design that did not use differential gear assemblies. By using near-spherical wheels with provision to tilt and turn each wheel co-ordinatively, the driven wheels maintain constant traction.

    Furthermore, all driven wheels steer and, as pairing of wheels is not necessary, vehicles with an odd number of wheels are possible without affecting the system's integrity.

    Progressive deceleration is made possible by dynamically changing the front-to-rear effective wheel diameter ratios.

    Earlier Suzuki versions were twin engined, from on the engine is a twin-turbocharged 2. Nissan Motors has developed a system called E-4WD.

    It is designed for cars that are normally front-wheel drive; however, the rear wheels are powered by electric motors.

    This system was introduced in some variants of the Nissan Cube and Tiida. This is accomplished by driving the left wheels as a pair and right wheels as a pair, as opposed to driving the front and rear pairs.

    A central gearbox allows one side to drive in the opposite direction to the other. It also has dual Hemi V8s. Some hybrid vehicles such as the Lexus RXh provide power to an AWD system through a pair of electric motors, one to the front wheels and one to the rear.

    In the case of the AWD model version of the Lexus RXh and its Toyota-branded counterpart, the Harrier hybrid , the front wheels can also receive drive power directly from the vehicle's gasoline engine as well as via the electric motors, whereas the rear wheels derive power only from the second electric motor.

    Transfer of power is managed automatically by internal electronics based on traction conditions and need, making this an all-wheel-drive system.

    The 4RM system used in the Ferrari FF in is unique in that it has a rear transaxle with secondary front transaxle connected directly to the engine.

    The car operates primarily as a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Clutches in the front transaxle engage when the rear wheels slip.

    Drive to the front wheels is transmitted through two infinitely-variable clutch packs which are allowed to 'slip' to give the required road wheel speeds.

    The front transaxle has three gears, two forward, and reverse. The two forward gears of the front transmission match the lower four forward gears of the rear transmission.

    It is not used in higher gears. The connection between this gearbox and each front wheel is via independent haldex-type clutches, without a differential.

    The above systems ending with " " function by selectively using the traction control system via ABS to brake a slipping wheel.

    Some in this category have varying degrees of control in the torque distribution between front and rear by allowing some of the clutches in a multi-plate clutch coupling to engage and slip varying amounts.

    In extreme conditions, the system can be locked in a These are vehicles that have no center differential. Since there is no center differential to allow for speed differences between the front and rear wheels when turning, a small amount of tire slippage must occur during turns.

    When used on slick surfaces, this is not a problem, but when turning on dry pavement, the tires grip, then are forced to slip, then grip again, and so on, until the turn is completed.

    This causes the vehicle to exhibit a 'hopping' sensation. Using an engaged part-time 4WD system on a hard surface is not recommended, as damage to the drive-line eventually occurs.

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