Release Date: August 3, 2010
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Summary: In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.
The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
Because I believe in being honest, I can not say I loved this book. I might be able to say I liked it. I think my biggest problem was that I had watched the movie before I read the book. To Pittacus's credit, the book was much better than the movie. (However if Alex Pettyfer had been able to speak with his native accent from ol Britain, the movie would have been 10x better though it would have made the movie even more unbelievable).
The alien species with unique powers from a smarter planet brings to mind the good old days of the original Superman movies which I found very enjoyable. Everyone wants to have a good dose of nostalgia now and then. I found Sam's character very likable, and really I was more interested in what happened to him than anyone else.
I think my main problem with the book was the cliché romance. I honestly think the book would have been better without it... and much shorter too. There have been few times that I preferred the book without the romance, but this was one of those times.
Regardless, I will probably read the next book in the series sometime. The main reason is that I found that Number Six was much more interesting. The book has the potential to be cliché romance-free.
In short, the book was good when the talk was on aliens and the upcoming invasion. When the book entered romance territory, there was some downhill sliding. For the sci-fi fans out there, don't let this review discourage you from reading the book.