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. (page 9)
And that sets the stage for this Tranformers-like action adventure starring a teenager, just like you…except that he’s an alien. He and his companion/guardian have lived on the run for years hoping to stay one step ahead of those who hunt them.
I have the urge to cry, but I don’t. It’s not that I’m necessarily sad to leave Florida, but I’m tired of running. I’m tired of dreaming up a new name every six months. Tired of new houses, new schools, I wonder if it’ll ever be possible for us to stop. (page 15)
That constant movement, constant vigilance, constant looking behind and over the shoulder is the tension that drives this book. All the way through I felt that…the idea of being watched and hunted.
When Henri and John settle in Paradise, Ohio John is determined to make this place last; the place he can finally blend in, make friends, rest. And he does. With his new friend Sam and his girlfriend Sarah John finally has what he’s always wanted. His pursuers don’t want him to have it though. They want him dead. And when they come, they don’t care who they take out with him.
This is a really exciting story with strong relationships between the characters and just enough romance to understand why John wants to stay in Paradise so much. Author: Pittacus Lore (Lorien’s ruling Elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years, preparing for the war that will decide Earth’s fate. His whereabouts are unknown.)
A movie is already in production and will premiere: Feb. 18, 2011. And I’m sure there will be more!
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