Once there were nine, sent to keep their race alive, kept divided for their safety. Now three are dead, and the rest will have to fight for their survival. Number Four is John Smith. He's just had to flee Florida with his guardian Henri for fear of discovery, and now with their new identities they have settled in Paradise, Ohio. Simple rules have kept John alive - never stand out, never get noticed, never reveal who you are and always be ready to leave. But now those rules are getting harder and harder to keep, and John is putting himself at risk...
This was one of those books I kept hearing about but put off reading as more than a couple of people had described it as Twilight
from the guy's perspective. After seeing the previews for the upcoming movie, my curiosity was piqued enough that I grabbed a copy from my local library. I really enjoyed this and, while I understand the comparisons with Twilight, found it to be unique among most of the current young adult offerings.
I found the plot to be reminiscent of Roswell
and Dark Angel
, but different enough to be interesting. The blurb really caught my attention, and although I was a little nervous about it being written in first person the storyline sucked me in to the point that I barely noticed the writing style which would usually irritate me. The book has a really lyrical, descriptive quality to it and I think it will make an incredible movie.
I liked John as a main character and he is well developed. I especially liked his friend Sam with all his conspiracy theories and alien obsession, and his guardian Henri. I will admit that most of the characters are a little stereotypical in their appearance, and racial diversity is pretty much non-existent. However, I'd rather have a book full of only blue-eyed blondes than one where the author forces different races into the storyline and the book becomes a mess of stereotypes.
Now the things I didn't enjoy so much, although there isn't much. I did see a couple of the twists coming quite early on but the only thing that really bugged me was that the author is actually a character in the book. It seems like cheating and a cheap ploy to play with little kid's minds. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, but it does affect my respect for the author.
All in all this was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading The Power of Six
when it is released.