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Published: July 2010
Nine teenagers and their guardians are hiding on Earth... protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in numeric order, three are already dead. John Smith is Number Four. And his mortal enemies, the Mogadorian, are hunting him down.
The only way to keep off radar is to keep moving, never staying in one place for long. Finally in the firing line, all he can do is adopt the guise of a student and pray his unusual gifts—his legacies home; Planet Lorien—stay hidden long enough for him to settle into this new community.
But others seem to sense his otherness and when small-town life sucks him into its intrigues, it’s only a matter of time before his true nature is revealed. And that means there’s no space for love, friendship or a future if it means protecting not only himself, but the other five...
I'll be honest: I picked this one up from the library on a complete whim. I saw Alex Pettyfer on the cover of a book and KNEW that I HAD to read it. Because hello, Alex Pettyfer is one attractive man.
Also, I'd wanted to read the book because I had the movie on hold at the library and didn't want to see that without knowing what I was in for.
I really enjoyed the book. Really meaning A LOT.
I liked that it was a male POV. I don't think we see that enough in YA literature, so I was super excited that this one was done from John's POV. Even better, it was well-done. Sometimes I don't like it when I read a POV from a character who is the opposite gender from the author. It's hard to get any authenticity in there. So I really like it when a guy writes a guy character. (which is also not to say that cross POV can't be done, but I think they're harder)
Loved the story, loved how John developed his powers. I love that it was never just handed to him and he had to work for it. He had to go through some pretty tough things before his powers were revealed, and even then, it was no guarantee of safety for him or those he cared for.
You know who I really liked? Bernie Kosar. He was just awesome, even though he was a dog. Also, Bernie Kosar is a sweet name for a dog.
Overall, I seriously loved this story and will be getting a copy of my own. Now I can't wait to see the movie! The book is getting a 'Pick Me' rating.
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