"Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next." (Goodreads)
Are aliens the new vampires? I hope not. Because aliens' have a whole new hotness and mystery to them. And I do hope that I am not influenced by the upcoming movie. But I have to admit, and hopefully will serve as a warning to fellow Alex Pettyfer fans out there, that I was initially distracted reading the book because I can't help but see Alex as John Smith. I think I should have read the book before the trailer came out. But nonetheless, the book was awesome.
After a series of events, Number Four and his guardian (or Cepan), Henri were lead to a small town in Paradise, Ohio where he assumes the identity of John Smith. He's feeling a bit weary of moving now and he hopes that they will stick longer in this place than they have in their previous places. Especially now that he begins to realize that he can build a life here - where he finds a friend, got interested in a girl, and thinks that maybe (and hopefully) they can keep things quiet here. But things will not go down as quiet as John would like. He is hunted and they will stop at nothing to bring his kind down - along with everyone else who will stood in their plans.
There are a lot of terms here that you have to be familiar with as you go along. Terms like legacies and cepan. They will be introduced early in the book so as not to get confused. As well as the initial back story of how number four and the rest of the Loriens came to Earth, who are hunting them, and why are we supposed to be concern in the battle.
I love the concept of the book as a true account of the Loriens. Citing alien theories and conspiracies, and even the author, Pittacus Lore is somehow a part of all this. The name is only a pseudonym of two authors collaborating for this book. One of which, is a bit controversial and the other a relatively unknown. But then again, plus points for the idea.
There is so much to write about this book but I'm afraid I might give to much away. Part of reading this book is the mystery, the adrenaline, and the pain you have to share with Number Four. The pain of losing so much in your life, sacrifices (to be) made, and in the end knowing that you are to fight and win not just for your survival but for the legacy of your kind.
I am not banging my head against the wall that I have to wait for the next book, The Power of Six. Because honestly, I think the break would give me time to recover from the events in this book. And believe me when I say the end would probably leave you needing a sort of emotional support like I did.