The blurb: John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him. But you can’t run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about – and who care about him. Never in John’s short life has there been space for friendship, or even love. But it’s just a matter of time before John’s secret is revealed.
He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next . . .
My review: I was immediately drawn to the concept of this book. A group of children are sent to earth from the planet Lorien, nine members of the Garde race with nine guardians the Cepan. Their home planet Lorien is under attack from the Mogadorians, a race whose recklessness has caused their home planet to die. The Garde develop legacies, their inheritance from Lorien, which differ from child to child and manifest themselves as what we would think of as superpowers. They seperate on earth to protect themselves from the Mogadorians who have followed them here.
Now this all could sound silly and slightly superman-esque but dont be fooled this is a brilliantly concieved and tightly plotted book.
Pittacus Lore – one of the elders on Lorien is fictitious, the writing partnership of James Frey and Jobie Hughes who get a nod in the narrative. I think I ploughed through this book in two days, it’s addictive, told from the point of view of Number Four you really feel for the characters and cheer on the Loriens. This is sci-fi at it’s best. Like all master storytellers only so much is revealed and its the mysteries that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
The only reason this isn’t a ten out of ten review is because the character of Sarah is just a too trusting and too perfect to be believable. Now I know that believable shouldnt be the key word here but I did believe in the Loriens, I was sucked into their story which is why she felt slightly out of sync.
According to IMDB the movie will be out next year as well as the next book The Power of Six and I for one, can not wait. Superb read.
9 out of 10 stars *********