The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
I Am Number Four is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.
I AM NUMBER FOUR.
I AM NEXT.
Some of you may remember that I started reading this awhile ago, like Feb (I think). Well, I was in a bit of a YA reading slump and I tried it again.
I love the concept of this book. ALIENS. It's an untouched YA trend, which is why (I'm sure) it had some popularity. My favorite aspect of this book is the relationship with John and Henri. I know that Henri was meant to be a protector and a guide to John, but he is so much more than that. I could feel the love Henri had for John throughout.
I hadn't picked up the book until after the movie came out and really thought Six and Four were going to be an item, so when I met Sarah, I thought she would get the brush off. (Side note - the brush off of the first anticipated love interest is not done enough in books). I was surprised that she was the leading love for John. Their relationship was sweet, but it was a let down for me because I thought he was going to be with bad ass Six. Maybe still a chance, I felt Henri threw out some foreshadowing in there when he said John would love selfishly with another alien.
The action in the book was slow for me in the beginning. Again, I had a preconceived idea that it would be a constant battle for John and Six would be a bigger part of it. So maybe that hurt me. (Yes, all of this came from the previews....not the actual movie). It showed John having to deal with bullies, and there was the magazine thing, but really the last few chapters were packed full with action! But I was kinda over the book by then so I was over it.
Some quick thoughts
What is this that sequel has nothing to do with Six and Four, but Seven? Really? Come on. It better tie all together.
I love how the author made himself (eh, her?) part of the book.