Monday, 14 February 2011

I am number Four

In the beginning we were a group of nine.
Three are gone, dead!
There are six of us left.
They are hunting us, and they won’t stop until they’ve killed us all.
I am Number Four.
I know that I am next

John Smith is a pretty generic name but this John Smith is anything but generic. John is an Alien! From the plant Lorien, where 10 years ago war erupted, John is on the run fighting for his life, the survival of his race and planet. One of nine kids that were shipped off to Earth as the war began, John is bound to the others by a magic that requires their enemy, who desperately want them dead, to kill in numerical order. Numbers 1 to 3 have met their demise and now they’re after number 4: John. And if that wasn’t enough John is once again the new kid in the small town of Paradise, Ohio. He quickly grabs the attention of local girl Sarah (fret not this is not a paranormal romance story) as well as the local town jock Mark. He’s closer to death than ever before but for once in his life John feels like he’s home and he’ll fight to stay.

To me ‘I am number four’ feels real and when I say that I don’t mean I believe in aliens but that the relationships and the characters feel genuine. The characters may appear stereotypical but they will surprise you and the relationship between Sarah and John is not too ‘heavy’. The story is made up of serval different relationships between the characters and none overpower the overall story of one boy trying to find his identity. Lore also manages to remove the obstacle that brings down most science fiction novels by providing great attention to detail, some may say he overwrites but really he builds excellent visuals for the reader to play the story out in their mind.
The book has been called the new Harry Potter, I’m going to reserve opinion on that, but if you liked potter you’ll like this. And if you do like it then your next stop can be the cinemas, the film rights were sold before the book was published and the film will hit cinemas February 24. But alas the movie is never as good as the book so do pick the book up first.

Courtney :)


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